South Florida slips by Rutgers 28-27 on Wednesday night, thanks in part to Mo Plancher who ran for a career high 135 yards on 21 attempts. The Bulls also got help from senior tackle Jake Sims who recovered Plancher’s fumble in the end zone for the winning score with 9:33 left in the game. It was only three weeks ago that the Bulls were 0-2 in Big East play, and in those first two games against Syracuse and West Virginia, the offense never found the end zone. How things have changed. Not only did the Bulls bounce back, but did it against the teams that have beaten them in each of the last four seasons. With Wednesday nights win over Rutgers, the Bulls got their 100th school win. More improvements from quarterback B.J. Daniels, he has really stepped up his game in the last two games. I’ve said it on here before, he goes, so goes the Bulls. South Florida’s first four drives went for 18 yards on 16 plays and the offense looked like they were stuck in mud. From that point on, Daniels was 9 for 11 ( 145 yards ) but the most important number, five passes going for more than twenty yards. Big plays are emerging in this Bulls offense, the conference should take note.
The “D” played another solid game, they gave up only 238 total yards but only allowing 96 yards in the second half. The Bulls “D” amped it up late in the third quarter, when Rutgers had to start a drive inside their own 10 yard line. Lineback Devekeyan ( also known as DeDe) Lattimore had a sack and then a tackle for a loss. That put Rutgers back at their own 4 yard line and they were facing a third and 21. On the next play, Defensive Tackle Keith McCaskill tackled running back Kordell Young in the end zone for a safety, and that cut the Rutgers lead to 24-22.
Next game for the Bulls: At Louisville Nov. 13th
State Of The Bulls: With this win over Rutgers, South Florida is now 5-3 overall but more importantly 2-2 in Big East play and very much alive in the Big East race. In 2010 the Big East is up for grabs. It wasn’t looking good for USF after coming out of Morgantown 0-2 in conference play. As most Bulls followers know, South Florida has struggled down the stretch in recent years but that was under the previous regime. We’ll see how first year head coach Skip Holtz does with the Bulls in the final month or so. Holtz can’t do any worse than what Jim Leavitt did in previous years. Things you could count on with South Florida football in November, the Bulls losing football games and Thanksgiving. With three conference games remaining this season, ( two of them are at home ) the Bulls have gone 1-5 the past two seasons during this same stretch. Will the results be any different? Personally, I believe things are looking up for South Florida football in 2010.
About the Author
Written by Brian Joyce
Hi my name is Brian and I currently reside in the Sarasota area. I'm currently an online student with Southern New Hampshire University going for my Bachelor's in Communications. New Hampshire is close to my heart because I got married there in October of 2011. I was an intern with the local ABC station here in Sarasota last summer and it lasted until the winter. I had a blast and loved putting together highlights for the live sportscasts. I have also interned at WSRQ radio in Sarasota. Currently working for State College of Florida with their hoops team and softball team. I was at Tropicana Field, back in October of 2008 when the Rays won the AL. David Price came out of the bullpen that night and got Jed Lowrie to ground out and the dome went nuts! TB had a losing season every year until 2008, it was a magical season for the Rays.