It’s a Bear-Crush, All Bulls 65-27

By on November 21, 2015

 

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Deatrick Nichols with the pick six (Travis Failey/RSEN)

Tampa, Fla.– Cincinnati came to Tampa looking to jump back into the American Athletic Conference Eastern Division Race. They left with their Eastern Division title hopes dashed and their bowl chances slipping away, as the Bulls kept their Eastern Division aspirations alive by routing the Bearcats 65-27.

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Flowers up the sideline with a big run on a night where he threw for four tds. (Travis Failey/RSEN)

The Bulls set the tone on the very first play of the game. Sophomore Quarterback Quinton Flowers dropped back and found a wide open Rodney Adams for a 67 yard touchdown. It was Rodney Adams eighth touchdown of the season, giving him the Bulls single season touchdown reception record. 1 play 67 yards in 15 seconds and the Bulls were on the board. Emilio Nadelman would miss the P.A.T and the Bulls would lead 6-0. It was the eighth game of the season the Bulls had scored first.

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(Travis Failey/RSEN)

On Cincinnati’s opening possession, Eric Lee sacked Cincinnati QB Hayden Moore causing Moore to fumble. The fumble was recovered by Jamie Byrd on the Cincinnati 10 yard line setting up first and goal for the Bulls. 3 plays later Quinton Flowers would find Sean Price in the back of the end zone making the score 13-0. The Bulls would score on their very next possession. After Jamie Byrd intercepted Gunner Kiel, the Bulls would use a 6 play, 66 yard drive to extend the lead to 20-0.

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Eric Lee with a sack and a fumble recovery on Senior Night (Travis Failey/RSEN)

It would not be until the 9:17 mark in the second quarter that the Bearcats would get on the board thanks to a 44 yard field goal from Andrew Gantz. It was too little too late for the Bearcats as the route was on and the Bulls would take a 51-3 lead into halftime, scoring on 8-of-9 drives.

USSOCOM drops in at halftime (Travis Failey/RSEN)

The second half would get a little better for the Bearcats. With the Bulls leading 51-6, USF coach Willie Taggart decided to rest Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack. The Bearcats would score the first 17 points of the third quarter before USF Quarterback Steven Bench would scamper into the end zone making it 58-20. Both teams would score one more touchdown apiece making the final score 65-27 in favor of USF. The Bulls have now won 6 out of their last 7 games.

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Its a Bull celebration Stephen Bench style(Travis Failey/RSEN)

Marlon Mack led the way for the Bulls with 106 yards rushing and 2 TDs, playing only 2 quarters. Quinton Flowers had 165 yards passing with a season high 4 TDs as the Bulls put up 561 yards of total offense including a season high 361 yards rushing. Defensively, the “Bull Sharks” had another outstanding game forcing six turnovers including four interceptions. Deatrick Nichols led the “Bull Sharks” with two interceptions including returning one interception for a touchdown. It was the Bulls first pick-six of the season.

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Bull Shark defense harassed Moore all night as Godwin gets the sack(Travis Failey/RSEN)

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Zack Bullock and Bruce Hector off the edge (Travis Failey/RSEN)

Now the Bulls must watch and wait. Trailing Temple by one game, the Bulls must hope that the Owls either lose to Memphis or UCONN.

It’s a short week for the Bulls who return to action on Thursday night against I-4 rival Central Florida.

Game Stats and more pictures (Travis Failey)

 

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(Travis Failey/RSEN)

Final

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 0 3 17 7 27
USF 27 24 7 7 65
Cincinnati Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT QBR
Hayden Moore 20/36 249 6.9 1 2 16.5
Gunner Kiel 8/15 84 5.6 0 2 13.5
TEAM 28/51 333 6.5 1 4
South Florida Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT QBR
Quinton Flowers 9/15 165 11.0 4 2 95.6
Steven Bench 4/5 35 7.0 1 0 97.7
TEAM 13/20 200 10.0 5 2
Cincinnati Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Tion Green 10 51 5.1 2 11
Hosey Williams 8 28 3.5 0 14
Mike Boone 8 28 3.5 0 8
Hayden Moore 6 -5 -0.8 0 13
Gunner Kiel 3 -5 -1.7 0 3
TEAM 35 97 2.8 2 14
South Florida Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Marlon Mack 11 106 9.6 2 48
Darius Tice 15 94 6.3 0 20
D’Ernest Johnson 11 71 6.5 0 23
Quinton Flowers 6 49 8.2 0 27
Rodney Adams 3 28 9.3 0 15
Steven Bench 4 25 6.3 1 14
TEAM 53 361 6.8 3 48
Cincinnati Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG
Chris Moore 6 131 21.8 1 54
Alex Chisum 6 63 10.5 0 36
Shaq Washington 6 52 8.7 0 16
Mekale McKay 2 32 16.0 0 18
Mike Boone 2 16 8.0 0 15
Nate Cole 2 14 7.0 0 8
Max Morrison 1 11 11.0 0 11
DJ Dowdy 2 8 4.0 0 4
Hosey Williams 1 6 6.0 0 6
TEAM 28 333 11.9 1 54
South Florida Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG
Rodney Adams 3 85 28.3 1 67
Sean Price 2 52 26.0 2 46
D’Ernest Johnson 2 29 14.5 0 21
Ryeshene Bronson 1 16 16.0 0 16
Jordan Reed 2 11 5.5 1 10
Chris Barr 2 5 2.5 0 3
A.J. Legree 1 2 2.0 1 2
TEAM 13 200 15.4 5 67
Cincinnati Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Linden Stephens 1 9 0
Zach Edwards 1 0 0
TEAM 2 9 0
South Florida Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Deatrick Nichols 2 41 1
Devin Abraham 1 29 0
Jamie Byrd 1 11 0
TEAM 4 81 1
Cincinnati Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Kahlil Lewis 4 90 22.5 35 0
Mike Boone 6 84 14.0 33 0
TEAM 10 174 17.4 35 0
South Florida Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
D’Ernest Johnson 4 181 45.3 54 0
TEAM 4 181 45.3 54 0
Cincinnati Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Shaq Washington 1 27 27.0 27 0
TEAM 1 27 27.0 27 0
South Florida Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Tajee Fullwood 1 7 7.0 7 0
TEAM 1 7 7.0 7 0
Cincinnati Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Andrew Gantz 2/2 100.0 44 3/3 9
TEAM 2/2 100.0 44 3/3 9
South Florida Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Emilio Nadelman 1/1 100.0 49 7/8 10
Michael Hill 0/0 0.0 0 1/1 1
TEAM 1/1 100.0 49 8/9 11
Cincinnati Punting
NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
Sam Geraci 3 155 51.7 0 0 62
Hayden Moore 1 48 48.0 0 0 48
TEAM 4 203 50.8 0 0 62
South Florida Punting
NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
Mattias Ciabatti 2 83 41.5 0 0 47
TEAM 2 83 41.5 0 0 47
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