TAMPA, Fla. -- South Florida rolled up nearly 700 yards on Illinois in a 47-23 win, and afterward, coach Charlie Strong said he and his players were determined to make Friday night special for all those impacted by Hurricane Irma.
A group of 20, largely from the Tampa Police Department, was set to run onto the field with the football team, but it didn't happen because of a weather delay.
Charlie Strong and the Bulls were one of seven FBS programs in Florida that had a game either canceled or postponed because of Hurricane Irma.
After its scheduled game last week against UConn was postponed, Strong made sure his players either stayed in the university dorms, the on-campus football facility or with family in the area.
Because there was limited damage, he had his team together and Raymond James Stadium was available, USF decided to carry on with its game against Illinois.
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