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USF determined to not stumble in another opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm •  Published: August 29, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One year later, the bitter disappointment of losing their season opener to a Football Championship Subdivision team lingers in the minds of the South Florida Bulls.

Players say it serves as motivation in the weight room and on the practice field every day, a constant reminder that there's no room for complacency.

The Bulls dropped last year's opener 53-21 to McNeese State, and it wasn't nearly as close as the final score suggested. USF scored on its first play, then bogged down to set the tone for a year in which it would finish with a Football Bowl Subdivision-low 11 offensive touchdowns.

Western Carolina also went 2-10 in 2013, its eighth consecutive losing season. The Catamounts haven't won a road game since October 2010.