Bulls Muzzle the Huskies

By on October 19, 2015

 

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Nobody said it would be pretty.  In fact, for a majority of the game, the offense was just awful.  But this is a different Bulls team from the one that started the year 1-3.  And in the end, it was a trick play and a career day from a wide receiver that helped lead the Bulls to a 28-20 victory over conference rival UCONN.

The Huskies defense entered the game ranked second in the American Athletic Conference allowing 18.7 ppg and 339.2 ypg.  The Bulls offense entered the contest scoring 28.7 ppg and averaging 418 ypg.  The Huskies stifled the Bulls offense forcing the Bulls to punt on their first 3 offensive series.  The fourth series would see the Bulls offense come to life.

After an interception by Freshman Defensive Linemen Keith Bronson at the USF 42, the Bulls offense took control.  On third and four from the UCONN 44, Bulls QB Quinton Flowers found Rodney Adams for a 44 yard touchdown pass and the first points of the game.  The Huskies would answer on their next offensive series with a field goal to cut the lead 7-3.

The Bulls defense came up with big play after big play in the first half, keeping the Bulls in the game.  The Bulls defense held the Huskies to 3 points during their seven trips inside Bulls territory including stopping Huskies running back Arkel Newsome on the USF 8 yard line as time expired ensuring the Bulls went into the locker room with a 7-3 lead.

The Huskies started off the second half with their first TD of the game after a Bryant Shirreff 36 yard TD run that resulted in the Huskies taking a 10-7 lead.  It would be the only lead of the day for the Huskies.

On the very next series for the Bulls, Coach Willie Taggert reached deep into his playbook.  After a 30 yard pass to Marlon Pope, the Bulls handed off to D’Ernest Johnson.  Instead of running the ball, Johnson took the handoff and threw it 29 yards to Rodney Adams for his second touchdown of the game and reclaiming the lead for the Bulls 14-10.

The Bulls would not relinquish the lead.

The Huskies were able to cut the lead to 14-13 after a 27 yard field goal by Bobby Puyol, his second of the game, but they would get no closer.

Set up by a Marlon Mack 59 yard run, Flowers sprinted 15 yards on the very next play into the end zone, giving the Bulls a 21-13 lead and capping off a 3 play 75 yard drive.

The Bulls would add some insurance points after Flowers connected with Adams for his third touchdown of the game, giving the Bulls a 28-13 lead.  The Huskies would try to rally scoring one more time making the score 28-20, but a failed onside kick by the Huskies would seal the victory for the Bulls.

Rodney Adams led the way for the Bulls with a career high 5 catches for 113 yards and 3 TD’s.  Marlon Mack led the rushing attack for the Bulls with 13 carries for 113 yards, making him the first Bull since Andre Davis in 2005 to record three straight 100 yard games.  Defensively, the Bulls were led by Jamie Byrd who has 12 tackles, two sacks and a pass break up.

The Bulls return home to play SMU on Saturday October 24 at 4pm.

 

 

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