Home at last.
The University of South Florida Bulls (2-5, 0-3 Big East Conference) are relishing Saturday night's homecoming game against Syracuse (3-4, 2-1) because it's their first appearance at Raymond James Stadium since Sept. 29.
"It will be nice to have a good atmosphere instead of having the stadium cheer against us,'' Bulls senior QB B.J. Daniels said.
After the home opener on Sept. 1 against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USF played four of its next six games on the road.
"When you start talking about travel and the wear and tear it takes on your football team, it's not just that week, it's the next week,'' USF coach Skip Holtz said. "It keeps rolling. It's almost like we were in a downward spiral.
"The open date came at a good time (before Saturday's 27-25 loss at Louisville). We took a deep breath. Now we've got to build on that. We're on a regular schedule and we're back at home. It just seems like it has been a year of travel, getting back late. We're excited to be home on a normal week.''
ACADEMY AWARD: CB Kayvon Webster was penalized for a personal foul near the USF sideline on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater — his childhood friend from Miami — on the play before the Cardinals' winning touchdown pass. Holtz said he didn't feel it was a "vicious hit that merited a flag.''
"That was a good act on his part,'' Webster said. "He rolled out of bounds (after Webster made contact following Bridgewater's scramble). Anything to win a game. He knew the crowd was into it. They kind of made noise when he fell and that triggered the ref. It was a good call, I guess.''