USF’s collapse includes blowing a lead against Temple

by Gary Shelton on November 18, 2018 · 0 comments

in College Sports in Florida, general, USF

Charlie Strong was disappointed in USF's play./STEVEN MUNCIE

Sunday, 2 a.m.

Did you believe in the good start?

Did you believe in the early lead?

Did you believe in the defense playing well

If you have been watching the USF Bulls play lately, you probably didn't believe in any of it. Lately, the Bulls have been walking on thin limbs with heavy loads, Eventually, bad things are going to catch up to them.

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For the fourth straight game, the Bulls lost on Saturday afternoon. This time, they blew a 17-0 lead and lost 27-1y decision to the Temple Owls. In a season that has turned sour, the Bulls are in fourth place in the Eastern Division of the American Athletic division.

“We had the ball and three opportunities in the third quarter on the plus side and we got nothing out of it," said USF coach Charlie Strong. "We’ve got to be able to score points there. We had two turnovers and then we gave the ball up on downs. You can’t let that happen, especially when you’re on the road.”

It was a game that resembled  the Bulls' season -- the nice start followed by the complete collapse of a team. The Bulls seemed dry and unimaginative during the second half. Five turnovers didn't help, either.

Quarterback Brett Barnett threw for just 84 yards in the game. Jordan Cronkrite did pass the 1000-yard mark in rushing for the season. He had 83 yards and two scores against the Owls.

USF finishes its regular season Friday night against UCF.




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