USF struggles continue, fall to Connecticut, 16-10

As originally posted here.

Visiting USF (4-2, 0-2 Big East) continued its Big East Conference struggles losing to the Connecticut Huskies (3-4, 1-1 Big East) 16-10 in a defensive battle on Saturday. One thing the Bulls can take with them in this game is tying the school record with seven sacks.

The Bulls failed to convert on fourth down with under 2-and-a-half minutes to play and the Huskies ran out the clock.

USF quarterback B. J. Daniels scored the only offensive touchdown in the game running for a 22-yard score at the first drive of the second half. Daniels completed 15 passes out of 27 attempts for 164 yards. He was also responsible for three of the four Bulls turnovers throwing for two interceptions and fumbling a potential scoring drive away at the start of the second quarter. Daniels was the leading rusher running for 64 yards from 10 carries.

Running back Darrell Scott ran for a meager 58 yards on 13 carries. Scott fumbled the ball at the USF 10 where UConn cornerback Byron Jones would return the ball in what turned out to be the go-ahead score with seven minutes to play at the third quarter.

USF receiver Sterling Griffin led all Bulls receivers with five catches for 63 yards while kicker Maikon Bonani only made 1 out of 3 field goals. He made his first field goal from 23 yards, but missed his remainder kicks from 46 and 44 yards respectively. The Bulls offense combined for only 339 yards (164 passing and 175 rushing).

The Huskies produced less offense, producing only 253 overall yards (135 passing and 118 rushing). UConn freshman running back Lyle McCombs lead the way running for 130 yards on 32 carries. The UConn kicker was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals complementing on an opportunistic Husky defense.

Things do not get any easier for the Bulls as they try to salvage any sort of standing in the Big East against conference-leading Cincinnati Bearcats (5-1, 1-0 Big East), who visit Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 22.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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