Game 7 Preview: Bulls Go for Conference History
The voice of USF Athletics routinely puts down his radio headset and picks up the pen to share his perspective on the history of USF Athletics.
Louk has been broadcasting games for 30 years and is the resident historian in the Athletics Department hallways.
Voice of the USF Bulls
TAMPA - It’s Homecoming Week, and the Bulls are trying to celebrate by doing something they have never done before. In 16 years of conference play, from the days of Conference USA to the Big East to the American Athletic Conference, the Bulls have never started league play 3-0. Saturday, thanks to their wins over Cincinnati and UCONN, they have a chance to accomplish that.
It won’t be easy, as Louisville comes to town with a top 20 ranking. This will be the 11th meeting between the Bulls and the Cardinals, and fittingly, the series is tied at 5 wins apiece. USF has won four of five in Tampa. A game-by- game look at the series shows the rich history of this match-up.
Oct. 4, 2003: The first meeting was in the midst of USF’s remarkable run of double overtime wins. On this day in Tampa, quarterback Ronnie Banks went 26 of 47, receiver Huey Whittaker caught nine passes for 96 yards, and Santiago Gramatica’s 26-yard field goal won it for the Bulls.
Oct. 22, 2004: The following year, Louisville got even in big fashion, winning 41-9. Stefan LeFors went 21 of 26 for the Cardinals, while two Bulls quarterbacks combined for only three completions on the day.
Sept. 24, 2005: Nobody in USF history has duplicated the game Amarri Jackson had on this day. The Bulls wide receiver ran for two scores on reverses and threw for another touchdown as the Bulls won their Big East debut in stunning fashion, 45-14. Chad Simpson ran a kickoff back for a score as the Bulls stopped Louisville’s nine-game winning streak.
Nov. 18, 2006: The Bulls couldn’t generate much offense in Louisville on this day. Matt Grothe was sacked seven times as USF fell 31-8.
Nov. 17, 2007: On the first play of the game, Louisville fumbled the kickoff return and Nate Allen recovered and scored. That was just the beginning, as the Bulls went on to pile up the points in a 55-17 win. Mike Ford ran for 140 yards and Louisville committed seven turnovers.
Oct. 25, 2008: In Louisville, the Cardinals picked up a crucial 24-20 win over the No. 14 Bulls. USF was penalized 14 times and fell to 6-2 on the year.
Nov. 21, 2009: This may have been the best USF appearance ever for B.J. Daniels. He threw for 304 yards and ran for 141 as the Bulls moved to 7-3 with a 34-22 win.
Nov. 13, 2010: The Bulls became bowl eligible with their first-ever win in Louisville. Maikon Bonani had missed a 52 yarder to win, but came back and hit from 37 to end it as the Bulls prevailed in overtime 24-21.
Nov. 25, 2011: In Bobby Eveld’s second career start, the Cardinals picked up a 34-24 win in Tampa. B.J. Daniels was unable to play due to an injury.
Oct. 20, 2012: A Bulls rally fell short as No. 16 Louisville picked up a 27-25 win. Andre Davis had two touchdown catches for the Bulls.
Not every game has been close in this series, but they have all been noteworthy in USF Football history.
This begins a crucial part of the season for the Bulls. After this game, they have a very short week, flying out Wednesday for a Thursday night game at Houston. We’ll all have much better insight on whether a bowl game is attainable in 2013 after the next few days.
Our radio broadcast begins with the pre-game show at 10 a.m. on The Fan 98.7, and at 11 a.m. along the USF-IMG Sports Network. We hope you’ll come by and see us at the radio stage in the Bulls Zone while you’re enjoying the homecoming festivities before the game. If you’re out of town and can’t make it to Raymond James Stadium, television coverage is on ESPN2.
The second half of the season is here. The Bulls have worked hard to improve their record, and currently are tied for first in the conference. Come out to the stadium Saturday and see if the Bulls can continue their conference run.
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The voice of the Bulls, Jim Louk, offers his perspective of USF Athletics, both past and present.
For 30 years, Jim Louk has been the voice of USF Athletics.
Louk came to USF in 1983 as the radio play-by-play announcer for the USF men's basketball team and served as the lead voice until the conclusion of the 1996-97 season. He then made the transition to football in USF's inaugural 1997 campaign, and still serves as the team's play-by-play announcer today. Louk will come into the 2013 football season having broadcast every Bulls football game in history - a span of 189 games.
He has handled USF TV play by play broadcasts on SportsChannel, Fox Sports Florida, and Brighthouse Sports Network. His career includes over 1,500 play by play broadcasts of USF events, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.
This series of articles for GoUSFBulls.com began in 2010.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Louk is a 1979 graduate of the University of Bridgeport where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. Louk and his wife Barbara reside in Lutz. Their son Ross is a senior in college.