The Western Carolina Catamounts had lost 21 consecutive road games before coming to Tampa. In the first half, it looked like they might break their losing streak, until Marlon Mack happened.
Starting from the 8 yard line Western Carolina began their short-yardage passing attack, which got them 30 yards in four plays. When they went to run the ball, Nigel Harris forced a fumble and Todd Chandler recovered. Things looked fine as the Bulls offense took the field. True freshman Marlon Mack (remember that name) ran for five yards, then Mike White threw three incompletions to turn the ball over on downs. After an exchange of interceptions, it was clear something was not right on defense or offense. Western Carolina comfortably drove the ball down the field with short passes and quarterback keepers that baffled the young USF defenders.