TAMPA, NOV. 7, 2019 – We sincerely hope you enjoy flipping through the handpicked #SoFloDrip photo album from the South Florida Bulls Football team’s loss to the Temple Owls played Thursday November 7, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium. This week the Bulls are back home to host AAC foe Memphis on Saturday, November 23rd at 4 p.m. in front of a national audience on ESPNU.. let’s get this W boys!! #BeatMemphis
The Bulls had high hopes coming into this prime-time matchup against Temple but failed to capitalize on key opportunities. The Bulls defense did well to give the offense every opportunity to score but Jordan McCloud and the Bulls offense couldn’t deliver. Despite leading in passing yards, number of plays and time of possession, the Bulls couldn’t get it done when it mattered.
“This is a tough one, a hard one to swallow,” Head Coach Charlie Strong said. “We had opportunities and didn’t take advantage of them. You look at the first drive, we’re driving the football then end up turning the ball over. We could’ve got a score there and defense played well up until right before half, giving up the drive where they scored on us.”
The stingy USF defense certainly did their part last night against the Owls and gave the Bulls a fighting chance at a much needed victory. The swarming Bulls defense showed out on ESPN, racking up 8.0 tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception, only allowed the Owl’s to convert one of four red zone trips, and held Temple to a mere 10 total offensive points.
USF safety Bentlee Sanders kept the Bulls’ streak of at least one turnover in all nine games alive with his clutch interception in the third quarter. With Sanders’ interception the Bulls now have 21 takeaways in 2019, which not only matched the 2018 season takeaways total, but also landed USF tied for second nationally in takeaways gained coming into the contest.
“We knew that the pass-run when we got to the third down,” Coach Strong said, “we knew we had to block their outside rushers. We knew those guys were gonna come and we didn’t do a good job of blocking them and they beat us. We tried to chip them some and they were still able to get us off.”
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