The USF Bulls added another win to their collection this season over conference opponent, Tulsa, but it wasn’t pretty. In fact, their performance, or lack of, has many scratching their heads wondering how ugly next weeks rival matchup with UCF might be.
No. 23 USF secured a win over Tulsa 27-20 after Golden Hurricane quarterback Chad President threw an incompletion on fourth and nine from the Bulls 30. After scoring 24 points in the first half, the Bulls came back from halftime ultimately looking lost.
In the final 30 minutes of play, USF scored just three points on 82 total yards. The Bulls have failed to score 30 points in two of their last three games after scoring at least 30 in 24 consecutive games.
First-year head coach Charlie Strong recalled the game as being a “tale of two halves.”
“The first half offensively we moved the ball up and down the field, they couldn’t stop us. And then we come back the second half and didn’t move it well at all, couldn’t convert it on third down.”
When asked about play calling, Strong said USF wasn’t executing. Even senior quarterback Quinton Flowers agreed with that.
“I would say we just weren’t executing,” said Flowers, who finished with 142 passing yards and 119 rushing.
With a shaky win, the Bulls must now look to next week for what is going to be the biggest game in program history. An American Athletic Conference Championship is still within reach for the Bulls with a win over UCF.
“They hear so much about it and so much has been said about it, and it’s what everyone has written,” Strong said. “So we’re gonna find out next week how much it affected us (against Tulsa).”
USF will travel to Orlando to battle UCF on Friday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m.
“Our guys understand what’s at stake,” Strong said after the game Thursday night. “We’ve just got to continue to play well and we just need to put together a complete game, which we haven’t done yet.”
Sanchez And Nadelman Break USF Records
Senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez picked up a career-high 14 tackles to become USF’s all-time leading tackler with 378 career stops. The team leader also added three of USF’s season-high 13 tackles for loss in last night’s performance.
Alongside Sanchez, kicker Emilio Nadelman set his USF records. The senior from Miami set the USF season field goals record (20) with his 2-for-2 performance.