The Postgame 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' 27-25 loss to No. 16 Louisville.
Lindsey Lamar rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries for USF in its 27-25 loss to Louisville on Saturday.
Two Key Players
The senior provided a spark on the ground for the Bulls. He rushed for a game-high 110 yards on 15 yards and added a pair of receptions out of the backfield. One of his more significant runs came in the third quarter with USF trailing 14-3. Lamar rushed over the left side of the line for 26 yards on 2nd and short which helped set up the Bulls first touchdown of the game. It was the first 100-yard game of Lamar’s career.
The Louisville quarterback passed with precision all game long. He was 21-for-25 passing for a game-high 256 yards and two touchdowns. Bridgewater also led the Cardinals with 74 yards on the ground.
Four Significant Plays
The Bulls’ first opportunity to take control of the game came at the beginning of the second quarter. Ernie Tabuteau forced a fumble in Louisville territory and James Hamilton recovered it at the Cards’ 49. The momentum was short for the Bulls who quickly went three and out.
In the third quarter Marcus Shaw got the Bulls inside the five yard line. Lamar followed that up with a run up the middle and nearly broke the plane of the endzone, but was ruled down at the one yard line. The Cardinals responded as they stopped rushing attempts by B.J. Daniels, Demetris Murray and another from Daniels inside the one-yard line. Trailing 21-10 it was another opportunity dashed by poor execution.
B.J. Daniels connects with Andre Davis with 3:09 to go in the game to give the Bulls’ a late lead. The lob touchdown pass to Davis was his second of the game. The drive was impressive. Daniels, who completed three passes, fueled the 7-play, 49-yard drive that took 3:26 off the clock
Louisville would waste little time in responding. Its 8-play, 75-yard drive took only 1:34 off the clock and gave the Cards a 27-25 lead. On the drive Bridgewater completed passes of 12, 14, 5, 16 and 11 yards. He also added a run of 11 yards.
Seven Quick Hitters
With his three passing TDs, B.J. Daniels now has 51 on his career which is one shy of second all-time at USF (52-Matt Grothe).
Sean Price recorded his first career catch and touchdown.
Reshard Cliett set a career-high with nine tackles. He only had eight tackles on his career entering the game.
Ernie Tabuteau forced his first career fumble while James Hamilton recovered a fumble for the first time in his career.
The Bulls have now lost 12 of its last 15 games.
The Bulls have dropped five straight games, the longest streak in school history.
The Bulls led in time of possession for the first time this season. USF had the ball for 32:25 while Louisville had the ball for 27:35.