USF remains unranked after win

By Natalie Gagliordi and Jennifer Teuber

The University of South Florida remains unranked after the Bulls upset Auburn 26-23 in overtime at the Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night.
USF started the game strong, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. However, their momentum slowed as they went into halftime with the score at 17-14. The USF defense forced five turnovers, but could not turn those into points on the board.
Delbert Alvarado, the USF kicker, missed four out of six field goals. One of the two he did sink sent the game to overtime, where quarterback Matt Grothe threw a 14-yard touchdown to win the game.
Despite the win, today’s coaches’ and writers’ poll ranked USF just outside the Top 25.
According to an interview with The Tampa Tribune, head coach jim Leavitt is not discouraged by the rankings.
“I know when we’ve accomplished something,” Leavitt said. “I don’t need anyone to tell me.”
Tyler Weir, 23-year-old mass communications major at USF, agreed that the rankings are not all that important.
“What good does it do to be ranked in the second week?” Weir said.
The lack of position on national rankings does not seem to dampen the morale of USF student fans, who feel that the Bulls are heading in the right direction.
“We have to work our way up there [the Top 25] eventually,” said Amanda Kraemer, a 21-year-old marketing major at USF. “I think we need to win by larger margins. That could be why we aren’t getting ranked, because it was an extremely even game.”
According to Weir, this game could be a stepping point for USF. If they do in fact win against their next opponents, it will propel them into the Top 25.
“Maybe we don’t deserve to be ranked,” Weir said “But if we beat West Virginia and North Carolina, we deserve to be ranked.”
In the ten years since the Bulls football program started, there have been turbulent ups and downs, which persistently marked the seasons. Coach Leavitt acknowledges the work that needs to be done in order to get his team to the top.
“You feel content because you accomplished what you went out to do,” said Leavitt on “But the highs are never as high as the lows are low. We made a lot of mistakes against Auburn, and we need to get a lot better.”


10 Responses to “USF remains unranked after win”

  1. Joe Says:

    The lede is too old … The story is no longer the game here. Instead, focus on making the top of your story new and fresh … about the rankings and the reactions and not the score from two days ago.

  2. Mari Muzzi Says:

    The story has research to back it up and good use of quotes.

  3. Tiffany Talley Says:

    Goos story, my suggestion is that you may generate more readers if you flipped the beginning in a more positive aspect about the USf football team.

  4. Aaron Says:

    I agree with the article when it reads the students aren’t discouraged. I feel that we are heading in the right direction. I am glad the article points that out.

  5. Courtney Herrig Says:

    Good description of the events that took place during the game.

  6. Shantrell Says:

    I feel that overall, the story, I mean article, is a great. The writers went straight to the point as to why USF’s football team was not, unfortunately, ranked in the Top 25 and got some great quotes from the students on campus and from the websites [which they gave credit to each source].

    However, there were some errors, for instance, you wouldn’t spell the coach’s name with a lowercase. But it is a good article and was very interesting.

  7. Natalie S Says:

    Overall, it was a good piece, but I have a few suggestions…

    The Bulls are ranked, they just are not in the top 25 yet.

    Try to stay away from wordy phrases like “not all that important” and “according to an interview with the Tampa Tribune.” You can just say, “not too important,” or “According to the The Tampa Tribune, head coach Jim Leavitt says…” Something shorter is usually better and easier to read, especially for sports.

    The beginning is a little negative as far as their performance, but then the rest of the story is much more optimistic. Maybe try to balance the beginning with more of what they did well, since the game was a big accomplishment and most people are acknowledging that.

    And also consistency. Make sure once you decide whether you want to use either ____said or said ____ for attributions, stick with one of them.

  8. Eric Moeller Says:

    I don’t think the game coverage is needed for a story of this type. Chances are that the readers have already read a straight gamer and know how the game ended. Good quotes though.

  9. Christine Wolstenholme Says:

    Good use of quotes, but I wasn’t that interested because it was a description of the game, from a few days ago.

  10. Priscilla Says:

    Did you go the game?
    That’s a great story, but you forgot to double space between the paragraphs.
    Used good quotes.

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