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Bulls win but not impressive

Posted By Brian Joyce On Sep 26 2010 @ 4:43 pm In South Florida | No Comments

USF ( 2-1 ) beat  lowly Western Kentucky ( 0-4 ) 24-12 in Tampa last night, despite the Bulls being outgained by 31 yards. South Florida’s two wins have come against Stony Brook ( Div. IAA ) and Western Kentucky, with last night’s loss the Hilltoppers have lost 24 consecutive games.  In other words, USF has beaten two cupcakes. USF was favored by nearly four touchdowns but looked sloppy on offense most of the first half. When you face weak competition  such as Western Kentucky, you should be able to name the score. Clearly USF failed to do just that last night.

Skip Holtz used last week’s open date to correct mistakes and try to get BJ Daniels and the passing game on track. The Bulls were without their top three receivers and it showed in the passing game last night.  Daniels  passed only 11 times  ( one more than the program’s all time low ) and threw for only 57 yards, a record low in 14 seasons. For the second game in a row, Daniels threw another costly interception right before half time but last night’s interception didn’t lead to anything.  The previous game against Florida, Daniels was 5 for 20 with 4 interceptions, the Bulls still have a long way to go in the passing game. However USF was impressive on the ground.  USF ran for 226 yards on 44 carries.  While Western Kentucky gained only 88 yards on the ground. The Bulls D contained Bobby Rainey, the nation’s fifth leading rusher at 148 yards per game to 64 yards on 21 carries. Earlier this season against the “Black Shirts” of Nebraska, Rainey rushed for 155 yards on 30 carries with a long run of 46 yards, that didn’t happen against USF last night. On the other hand the Bulls ground attack was a two headed horse, lead by sophmore Demetris Murray who ran for a career high 115 yards on 15 carries and senior Moise Plancher who added 79 yards on 17 carries and 1 touchdown.  Both teams combined to miss 5 field goals in the first half, which added to the sloppy play.  The big play in the second half was  freshman Terrence Mitchell’s  67 yard punt return which set up Daniels’ second rushing touchdown of the season.  Holtz called Mitchell’s punt return ” electric”  and “phenomenal”.  Holtz was quoted after the game saying ” We’ll smile tonight but we’ll scream tomorrow”.

Next game for the Bulls: FAU invades Tampa next Saturday night.

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