Charlie Strong paints silver lining on South Florida's ugly win over Illinois – Sporting News
Hopefully you spent your Friday night doing something better than watching South Florida’s 47-23 win over Illinois, as the game featured a mind-numbing 31 penalties, per CBS Sports.
And if you did tune into the game, we won’t blame you for tuning out early, as 26 of those 31 penalties came in the first half.
While the 26 penalties in one half is a new record, the FBS record for most penalties in a game is 36, set during a San Jose State-Fresno State tilt in 1986, and the NCAA single-game record is 42, per CBS Sports.
The 31 penalties called Friday night were relatively evenly distributed, as South Florida committed 16 fouls for 155 yards, while Illinois was flagged 15 times for 138 yards.
There is a silver lining to the ugliness, as South Florida coach Charlie Strong dedicated his team’s victory — in which it amassed 680 yards — to the people of the state affected by Hurricane Irma.
The Bulls’ scheduled game against UConn last week was postponed and this week’s practice schedule was disrupted, and in a decision influenced by Strong, more than 3,000 high school players and coaches and 2,100 first responders were given free tickets to Friday’s game, ESPN.com reports.
“I’m very proud of this football team and just the way we came out and responded tonight,” Strong said. “We wanted to make this night special. We felt we had a chance to give back to the city and give back to the state, and get everyone just a little sense of relief for a few hours.”