Three hours before kickoff, the ESPN television booth sits calmly awaiting the arrival of announcers Eamon McAnaney and Rocky Boiman
With an hour before kickoff, punter Mattias Ciabatti, right, warms up with teammates prior to taking on SMU. Ciabatti was named as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, given to the country’s best punter and currently holds the USF record for punting average in a career.
Halftime arrives and the USF Herd of Thunder performs Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon with members of local high schools.
Head coach Willie Taggart brought his four month old daughter to the podium to begin his press conference. “We’re undefeated when she’s here,” he said.
Quarterback Quinton Flowers speaks to reporters after his record breaking day. Flowers set the USF quarterback rushing record with 201 yards in the game, only the eight USF player ever to run for 200 or more yards.
Darkness falls on Raymond James Stadium as the goal posts have already been removed an hour and a half after the end of the game. Crews are preparing the field for the stadium’s next event – a Taylor Swift concert on Oct. 31.
The USF football team picked up its third straight win with a 38-14 victory over SMU on Oct. 24th, winning three straight games for the first time since starting 4-0 in 2011. While the team had a strong showing on the field, take a look at a few of the stories on what goes on behind the action on game day at Raymond James Stadium.