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USF notes: Taggart sees no evidence of dirty play

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Published:   |   Updated: October 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

After hearing Miami QB Stephen Morris describe South Florida as a “dirty team’’ after the Hurricanes’ 49-21 victory on Saturday, Bulls coach Willie Taggart studied the film and found no basis for that accusation.

“I watched the entire game and I didn’t see that, not one bit,’’ Taggart said Monday during the weekly American Athletic Conference teleconference. “If anyone can show me where a guy did anything dirty, I would really like to see it, because we don’t teach that and that’s not our football team.

“I wanted to make sure that wasn’t happening because that’s not what we’re about here.’’

Morris, who came into the game with an ankle injury, left in the second quarter for backup QB Ryan Williams. He was asked why he signaled to leave the game.

“South Florida’s a dirty team to say the least,’’ Morris said. “When you’re down and tackled and everything, and everyone’s on top, they’re going to try and go for your ankles and everything. We were up three, four touchdowns. Ain’t no point for me to mess with these guys who are going to play dirty.

“It is what it is. I wanted to score 70 points on them. They disrespected us, so I had no respect for them. So, at that point, I felt like we should just keep pushing it, keep killing them.’’

CONFERENCE OPENER

USF (0-4) faces Cincinnati (3-1) on Saturday night in the AAC opener for both teams, but the Bulls and Bearcats are familiar opponents. With games in Conference USA and the Big East, the Bearcats hold a 7-3 advantage against USF.

“We didn’t play well enough not only to win but to stay close against Miami,’’ Taggart said. “For me personally, the way our guys finished the fourth quarter, they could have easily just folded the tent, but our guys finished. We’re going to try and build off that. It’s our conference opener and we have to play a lot better in order (to win).’’

In conference play, USF was 8-8 during two seasons in C-USA and 24-32 during eight seasons in the Big East.

BULLS BITS

USF’s Oct. 12 game at Connecticut was set for a noon kickoff. It will be shown on WFTS, Channel 28. … Taggart said senior DE Tevin Mims, who injured his leg against Miami, is questionable for Saturday night’s game. “He’ll rehab, but I’m not really banking on (Mims playing),’’ Taggart said. … Senior RB Marcus Shaw, who had 127 yards against Miami, is 10th nationally in rushing (131.3 yards per game). “Marcus is one of the good things that’s going on for us,’’ Taggart said. … Senior MLB DeDe Lattimore ranks 21st nationally in tackles at 10 per game.

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