Bulls’ attempt to win over Noles ends in 30-17 ‘loss with honor’

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Florida State tight end Kevin Haplea, right, celebrates with tight end Nick O’Leary (35) after Haplea scored a touchdown at Raymond James Stadium.

Mikela Mollanazar, Section Editor

The weekend of September 29 brought many Florida State students to their home towns to watch the battle between the USF Bulls and the Florida State Seminoles. Most people expected the game to be a blow-out because of Florida State’s high ranking and USF’s loss to Ball State the week before.

The night began with USF kicking a field goal on the first drive, but Florida State responded with a touchdown.  Fans thought this moment would be the start of the FSU domination in destroying the Bulls. However, the Bulls fought valiantly, and at half time, the score was a manageable 13 to 3, with Florida State in the lead.

The second half started out strong for USF as they blocked Florida State’s first drive and  scored a touchdown, which updated the score to 10 to 13. Florida State then broke the game open, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal, giving them a commanding 30 to 10 lead.  The FSU defense and athleticism proved too much for USF to handle.  The Bulls never gave up, though, fighting hard until the end.  Their efforts were reflected as they added another touchdown, but their comeback fell short.  The final score from Raymond James Stadium was Florida State 30 USF 17.

Although USF fans were disappointed, there were still plenty of Tampa Seminole fans who celebrated the night! USF still delivered a well-played game proving sportscasters’ predictions wrong.