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USF Starts Conference Play With A Loss

Posted By Brian Joyce On Oct 9 2010 @ 4:23 pm In South Florida | No Comments

During the week head coach Skip Holtz said “He’s interested to see how his team will stack up this Saturday”. If today is any indication, it will be a long first season on the sidelines for Skip Holtz at South Florida in 2010.   Since the Bulls joined  the Big East in 2005, they have never lost to Syracuse and the average win was by 24 points.  Also since 2005, Syracuse was a pathetic 4-31 going into Big East play today. All of that changed this afternoon as the Bulls lost to Syracuse  13-9  in Tampa.   For the winning drive, the Orangemen marched 98 yards on 14 plays ( 9 rushes for 66 yards )  and it was capped off by a Marcus Sales 3 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib. The Syracuse “D” held the Bulls offense to 221 yards. South Florida’s only TD was a 94 yard kickoff return by Lindsey Lamar (  he wasn’t even touched )  but the extra point was blocked. The Syracuse blitz  gave quarterback B.J. Daniels and his offensive line all sorts of problems. South Florida’s offense was out of synch the entire game.  Daniels a good runner was held to 1 yard on 13 attempts.  Daniels also struggled again in the passing game, as  he was 9 for 23 with 2 interceptions. Daniels was dumped 4 times today and was hurried several other times by the Syracuse pass rush.  Daniels also missed two receivers that were wide open and that cost him dearly because both would have been easy touchdowns for the Bulls. It seemed clear to me today that Daniels took a major step back in the passing game today, I guess you could say “growing pains” of a young quarterback.   No time to feel sorry for themselves because they play this  Thursday night  at West Virginia on ESPN.

South Florida is now 3-2 overall but more importantly 0-1 in the Big East. Not exactly what the Bulls were hoping for going into the West Virginia game. I believe the Mountaineers are the best team in the conference but is that saying much?

Quick thought: As bad as a loss this is for South Florida, it was a  good win for second year head coach and Syracuse alum Doug Marrone.  The Orangemen have been the laughing stock of the Big East for several years now.  Baby steps for the Orangemen and any conference win is something they’ll take. Especially for a Syracuse team that was once the beast of the East.  Now the Orangemen are just trying to climb out of the cellar.  On the other hand, any conference loss for the Bulls is a bad one, especially when it’s Syracuse.  Bulls fans must remember this is Skip Holtz’s first season with the Bulls. USF will have their fair share of “ups” and “downs”  this season and clearly today is one of those down days. Now the question is, will they bounce back this Thursday in Morgantown?

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