Tulsa clobbers USF, whose slide continues

by Gary Shelton on October 24, 2020

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Saturday, 2 a.m.

The USF Disaster Tour continues. And, man, what a tough season it is shaping up to be for new coach Jeff Scott.

The Bulls, 1-5, were swamped by Tulsa Friday night in a 42-13 loss. Tulsa had 462 yards and took advantage of three USF turnovers.

The Bulls played three quarterbacks, mostly Noah Johnson. But Tulsa turned a 7-6 first quarter lead into a runaway. USF was two-for-15 on third downs.

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“I think the story in the first half offensively was the two turnovers," Scott said. "I thought the turnover right before halftime going in, that was huge. If you look at coming out in the third quarter, we held them, went down and scored and made it an eight-point game. If we could have punched it in right there before the half, we would have been in a much better position.

" Also, I thought in the first half, again third-down defense, Tulsa executed very well and we did not. I just thought that was kind of the story of the first half. I really challenged our guys in the second half to go stop them and go down and score and get it to a one-possession game. We did that and finally had some momentum, I felt like. Then, it was just a couple plays later, they had the long run and it just kind of went downhill from there.

" It’s obviously very disappointing… I just challenged them and said after the game, ‘Hey, it’s on all of us – coaches and players.’ We’ve got two weeks to get ready for our next game and we’ve got to kind of reexamine, reevaluate what we’re doing. The only way we’re gonna get it corrected is the guys in that locker room – coaches and players. That’s what we’ll do.”

USF does not play next week, but travels to Memphis the following week.

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