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TAMPA – “Don’t lighten up, tighten up” said Willie Taggart, head coach of the Bulls, after the Bulls upset the Cincinnati Bearcats 26-20.
USF (1-4, 1-0) played in a thriller Saturday vs. conference rival Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1) which came down to the wire.
The Bulls started off by fumbling on their second play of the game at their own 24 yard line, but recovered by holding the Bearcats offense to a field goal which was blocked by Mike McFarland and recovered by Nate Godwin. Godwin returned the blocked kick 76 yards for a touchdown to put USF on top 7-0.
Marvin Kloss added two field goals, including a career and season long 53 yarder. The Bearcats answered with an eight play, 65 yard drive which resulted in a touchdown pass from Brendon Kay to Mekale McKay to cut the defecit to seven.
On the first play of the next Bearcats possession Julius Forte forced a fumble which was picked up by middle linebacker DeDe Lattimore and returned 10 yards for touchdown. USF led 20-6. Kloss kicked added two more field goals, boosting USF’s lead to 26-6. The Bearcats were not done just yet. Cincinnati staged an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter by putting up 14 unanswered points, but could not overcome the 20 point USF lead.
Starting quarterback for the Bulls Steven bench left the game with what appeared to be a leg injury. Starting running back Marcus Shaw also left the game with a leg injury. Willie Taggart said after the game that he isn’t sure of the extent of either injury.
USF quarterback Bobby Eveld finished with 122 yards, 0 TD’s, and 0 INT’s, while only being sacked twice. Michael Pierre, who filled in for Shaw, carried the load at running back with 61 yards on 16 carries. The Bulls defense forced four turnovers on the day which just one week after forcing four against Miami. Defensive back Mark Joyce had 2 INT’s to go along with his 7 tackles.
Next week, USF will resume conference play versus UConn at Rentschler Field on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Noon.
USF’s next home game will take place on October 26 versus Louisville.