|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Aug 31||vs McNeese State||
|Sept 7||AT Michigan State||12:00pm|
|Sept 14||vs FAU||
|Sept 28||vs Miami||12:00pm|
|Oct 5||vs Cincinnati||
|Oct 12||AT UCONN||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs Louisville||
|Oct 31||AT Houston||TBA|
|Nov 16||vs Memphis||
|Nov 23||vs SMU||TBA|
|Nov 29||AT UCF||
|Dec 7||AT RUTGERS||TBA|
By Darek Sharp / 620wdae.com
In easily their biggest win of the season the USF Bulls held on for a thrilling 66-64 win over Alabama Saturday night at the Sun Dome.
The Bulls held an eight-point lead with 2:30 remaining but the Tide kept making shots, forcing USF to hit its free throws in the final minute. Anthony Collins was 5-for-5 until missing with :10 left, giving Alabama the chance to win. However three shots, including one wide-open three for the lead, went awry.
John Egbunu swatted away Levin Randolph's layup try, but Shannon Hale -- who had just hit a three to make it 65-64 -- failed from three and Randolph's 15-foot jumper drew air.
Victor Rudd had 15 points and seven rebounds while freshman Chris Perry had 14 points and 14 boards in an impressive inside performance. Corey Allen and Musa Abdul-Aleem, who hit a couple of big 3's off the bench, scored nine apiece.
After missing his first five tries from three-point land, Rudd nailed one to put the Bulls ahead 58-52 with 3:30 left and Chris Perry's follow extended the lead to eight on the next possession. But Trevor Releford, who scored 17 points before fouling out, had back-to-back scores on the next two possessions and a USF turnover against Bama's press made for the frantic finish.
Alabama had used a 9-0 run to take a 44-40 lead, but the Bulls would go on an 8-0 stretch of their own to answer.
Egbunu had three blocks and Collins dished out nine assists including several alley-oops. Both players had seven points.
USF is now 6-2 on the season.
By Darek Sharp / 620wdae.com
It was a fitting end to a season where the USF Bulls struggled so much on offense. USF managed just eight first downs and 151 yards in the cold of Piscataway, N.J. losing to Rutgers 31-6.
USF played the second half like they were ready for it all to end. On four possessions the Bulls managed a total of, get this, minus-three yards.
After having lost its last three the Scarlet Knights finally gained bowl eligibility with a 6-6 record, though their American Athletic Conference mark was a rather poor 3-5. The Bulls finished with a 2-10 record, 2-6 in conference.
Chas Dodd threw for two touchdown passes and Paul James ran for 113 yards and two scores to lead Rutgers.
The game changed early when the Bulls thought they had an interception and long return by Brandon Salinas to the Rutgers 30, but a highly shaky roughing the passer penalty wiped it out. Rutgers scored on the next play for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Later the Bulls did catch a break as Lamar Robbins recovered a fumble as Rutgers was heading into the end zone. It looked like the Bulls would cash in, putting together a solid drive to the Rutgers 7, but they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Marvin Kloss.
Similarly late in the first half the Bulls got inside the 10 but only managed three points, and it was 21-6 in the break.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Corey Allen, Jr. hit a floater with two seconds remaining as South Florida came back from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat George Mason, 68-66, Wednesday night.
Allen finished with 19 points, Victor Rudd had 15 and Chris Perry added 14 for the Bulls (5-2), which had a 23-1 run in the second half and snapped a two-game losing streak. The loss dropped the Patriots to 5-3.
George Mason opened the second half with a 19-7 run and held a 53-36 advantage after a layup by Marko Gujanicic with 12:19 remaining. But the Bulls responded with their run, running off 18 straight points and using the 23-1 run to take a 59-54 lead with 4:57 to play.
Bryon Allen's 3-pointer with 4:33 remaining, which ended the Bulls' run, was the Patriots' lone field goal during an 11-minute stretch.
Sherrod Wright paced George Mason with 22 points.
(via USF Communications) - University of South Florida head coach Willie Taggart today announced the dismissal of senior defensive backs Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins from the USF football program for a violation of team rules.
“It’s disappointing they both are seniors. We’re talking about seniors, not freshmen,” Taggart, in his first season leading the USF program, said. “We’re trying to change a culture in our entire football program to one that is total commitment to the football team and winning. There are consequences that come with anything that counters that. Those consequences will be paid. There’s no one individual who is bigger than this football team.
“They’ve done a lot for our football program. Unfortunately, they made a mistake. They’ve got to deal with their mistake.”
Joyce and Jenkins both were suspended prior to the UCF game and did not play in that contest. Both players are on schedule to graduate in December.
Joyce started 22 career games, including 10 this season, and played in 47. He is the Bulls second leading tackler with 53 stops this season and has two interceptions. Jenkins started 15 career games, five this season, and played in 39. He logged 24 tackles on the season.
USF (2-9; 2-5 AAC) will complete the 2013 season Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. kick at Rutgers (5-6; 2-5 AAC).
By: Brian Alward
USF is unable to pull off the improbable upset against AAC rival UCF, lose 23-20 in Orlando Friday.
Johnny Ward forces UCF WR Storm Johnson to fumble his reception and it’s recovered by Kenneth Durden. USF was able to take advantage of the turnover when Marvin Kloss hit a 46-yard field goal to give the Bulls an early 3-0 lead. Sean Moffitt ties it up with a 27-yard field goal in the last couple minutes of the first quarter.
Marvin Kloss hits a 42-yard field goal to give the Bulls a 6-3 lead. Blake Bortles finds Justin Tukes for an 8-yard play for a touchdown to give UCF a 10-6 lead. Shawn Moffitt is able to hit a 24-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the first half. The Knights now have a 13-6 lead going into half time.
Chris Dunkley scores on a 13-yard touchdown run. This ties the game at 13. UCF is able to get another field goal, a 39-yarder from Shawn Moffitt to give the Knights a 16-13 lead with 4:06 to go in the third quarter.
The Bulls start the fourth quarter ending a 9 play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard rush by Marcus Shaw for a touchdown. Nate God win picks off Bortles to give USF great field position. That’s the fifth turnover of the night for the Knights. He intercepts the ball on one knee negating a possible pick-6. The Bulls are unable to get much going on offense and settle for a field goal attempt. Marvin Kloss misses the 51-yard field goal attempt. USF still has a 20-16 lead over UCF with 5:54 left in the game. Blake Bortles finds Breshad Perriman after a brilliant pump fake for a 52-yard touchdown to give the Knights a 23-20 lead with 4:50 left. The Bulls marching down on the ensuing drive, looking good, when Mike White throws an interception to basically ice the game for the Knights. UCF defeats USF 23-20.