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' 27-10 loss to Cincinnati.
Two Key Players
Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce was a difficult matchup for the Bulls all game. He had seven catches (a career high) and led the Bearcats with 58 yards and one touchdown.
The workhorse of the game was Cincinnati running back George Winn . He had a game-high 119 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.
Four Key Plays
Cincinnati flipped the field on USF early. Bearcats punter Pat O’Donnell drilled a 65-yarder to pit the Bulls deep in its own territory and Demetris Murray would cough up the ball a few plays later at the Bulls 19 with 7:24 remaining in the first quarter.
Following the recovery, Cincinnati capitalized quickly. Bearcats’ quarterback Brendon Kay scrambled 18 yards with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter to take the early lead. Blocking downfield was key as Kayvon Webster appeared to be in position to make the tackle, but was shielded by a Bearcat wide receiver.
After converting a third down near midfield Cincinnati caught the Bulls napping. While the defense was walking around, not set for the next play, the Bearcats snapped the ball and Kay completed a short pass to Anthony McClung who scampered 26 yards to the Bulls’ 15 yard line.
Following the completion to McClung, the Bearcats got the ball inside the fie on consecutive runs by George Winns. Kay connected with tight end Travis Kelce on a play action pass on second and goal from the three to give Cincinnati a 13-0 lead (missed PAT).
Seven Quick Hitters
At 3-8 USF has officially had the worst season in school history
The Bulls committed just one penalty for five yards
South Florida fumbled EIGHT times, but lost only two
The Bulls out-possessed Cincinnati 31:14 to 28:46
South Florida had 22 first downs to Cincinnati’s 18
The Bulls converted 8-of-18 third downs
Announced crowd for USF-Cincinnati just 21,171 for Senior Night at Nippert Stadium