South Florida then mounted a 6 play, 36 yard scoring drive. Andre Hall scored on a lightening quick run up the middle to give his team an early 7-0 lead. Hall would go on to rush for an impressive 200 yards in 19 carries for the Bulls.
Army battled right back. Quarterback Zac Dahman connected on a 4-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Aaron Alexander to knot the score at 7-7 with 6:28 remaining in the initial quarter. Dahman performed well all night under pressure and completed 16 of 27 for 202 yards while Alexander caught 4 passes for 61 yards.
With just over 2 minutes remaining in the half, Andre Hall scored his second touchdown of the day, this time from 21-yards to give the Bulls a 14-7 lead. The South Florida drive spanned 93 yards in 10 plays. After a quick Army three and out, South Florida drove to the Army 22. With just 22 seconds remaining in the half, USF kicker Santi Gramatica missed a 38-yard field goal when the ball bounced off the cross bar.
South Florida looked like they would run away with the game when they marched 80 yards in 12 plays to take a 21-7 lead early into the second half. Pat Julmiste scored on a 1-yard scamper to extend the Bulls lead.
Army registered the first of its big runs when Carlton Jones bolted 59 yards to bring the Cadets to within a touchdown at 21-14. Pat Julmiste scored his second touchdown of the day for the home team from 19 yards and put the Bulls back up by 14 with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter. Julmiste finished with 91 yards in 20 carries.
Carlton Jones got his second score of the day when he struck from 78 yards. The ensuing extra-point was blocked. South Florida led 28-20 with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Jones struck for a third time on a 6-yard scamper just minutes into the fourth quarter. A successful 2-point conversion run, also by Jones, tied the game at 28-28 with 12:21 remaining in the game.
After the Army defense forced a Bulls punt, Carlton Jones scored his fourth touchdown of the day when he galloped in from 13 yards to give the Black Knights their first lead of the night, 35-28.
On the ensuing USF possession the Bulls Jackie Chambers fumbled at his own 22 to put the Cadets in excellent position to seal a win. Carlton Jones did just that when he scored an unlikely fifth touchdown of the night, this time from 1-yard to give the Army a commanding 42-28 lead with 2:24 remaining.
Joe Bain caught a 43-yard scoring pass from Pat Julmiste to get the Bulls back to within 7, but it would not be enough. Army recovered the ensuing on-side kick and proceeded to run out the clock.
The Black Knights were out gained 444 yards to 483 yards for the Bulls, but Army won the turnover battle 2-1.
Army improved to 2-4 (2-3 C-USA) and won its second straight game for the first time in seven years. Army has a solid chance to win its third straight when it visits East Carolina (1-4) in two weeks. South Florida drops to 2-3 (1-2 C-USA) and must travel to Louisville next for a Friday night game.