The weekly 2-4-7 takes a look at two key players, four significant plays and seven quick-hitters from South Florida's game. Here are the moments that stood out in the Bulls' 40-9 loss to Miami.
Two Key Players
It’s tough to argue with what Miami quarterback Stephan Morris did against the Bulls defense. He was 21-32 passing for 413 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The Canes averaged 12.7 yards per completion against USF and converted 7-of-14 third down conversions. Two of Morris’ three touchdown passes were huge plays. In the third quarter he connected with Herb Waters for 87 yards and in the beginning of the fourth he hit Clive Walford for 65 yards.
One of the lone bright spots offensively for the Bulls was runningback Demetris Murray. His 108 yards rushing were a game hig, as was his 6.8 yards per carry. He also was effective in the passing game as he caught six balls for 25 yards.
Four Key Plays
We might as well start with arguably the most inexplicable seconds of the season for the Bulls. With under 30 seconds to go in the first half of the game Demetris Murray ran off the right side of the Bulls’ line for one yard and was tackled at the six. For a team trailing 16-0 – with 3 timeouts in hand – it seemed obvious. Call a timeout and run another play. USF elected to not use a timeout and attempted a fade to Terrance Mitchell in the back of the endzone. The pass fell harmlessly incomplete and the Bulls effectively wasted a down as Maikon Bonani kicked a 23-yard field goal on third down as time expired in the half. Skip Holtz’s explanation at halftime was that he wanted to “tempo it” and keep the Miami defense off balance as it had been brining pressure on Matt Floyd.
Down 3-0 early, the Bulls had a chance to even the score with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter Maikon Bonani lined up a 39-yard field goal that was blocked giving any momentum USF had gained right back to the Hurricanes.
Late in the first quarter Bobby Eveld scrambled to his right and on third and long trying to make something happen for the Bulls. He lowered his shoulder and was hammered by Denzel Perryman. The hit resulted in a AC separation of Eveld’s left shoulder which knocked him out of the game indefinitely. Eveld, who was a redshirt until getting the start today, completed 3-of-8 passing for 29 yards before being knocked out of the game.
With 9:43 remaining in the half, Matt Floyd is intercepted by Jimmy Gaines. The Miami linebacker returns the ball to the Bulls 15. On the ensuing play Stephan Morris connects with a wide open Kendal Thompkins for an easy touchdown to give the Hurricanes a 16-0 lead over USF.
Seven Quick Hitters
The Bulls have lost 11 of their last 13 against BCS conference opponents
Following his one-game suspension, Sam Barrington led the Bulls with 7 tackles
The Bulls defense had 6 tackles for loss and 3 sacks
Announced attendance for the game was 38,869
Skip Holtz record at USF drops to 16-18
The Bulls’ record in the past two seasons under Skip Holtz is 8-13
The Bulls will miss a bowl game for the second season in a row