The USF Bulls come to Nippert Stadium and bulrush the Cincinnati Bearcats, 45-20

The Cincinnati Bearcats welcomed the South Florida Bulls into Nippert Stadium on a chilly Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats came into the game 0-1 in the American Athletic Conference. With the Bulls coming to down it was a real possibility that they could lose their first two conference games.

The Cincinnati Bearcats faced the South Florida Bulls a team that last season beat them 65-27 in South Florida. It was one of the worst beatings the team has received under Tommy Tuberville and they were looking to avenge the loss. After losing to Houston in their first American Athletic Conference game, it was paramount that they handle business against the Bulls to avoid a 0-2 conference start.

During the first half the Bearcats did a great job running the ball and attacking the edges. Quarterback Ross Trail got his second start of the season, because Hayden Moore was out for a second straight game with an ankle injury. Trail played solid in the first half completing 15 of 22 passes for 162 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception, he also rushed for a score. Even with a solid start the team was down 24-20 at the half. The Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers threw for 172 yards and ran for 19 during the first two quarters.

Besides being down the Bearcats outgained the Bulls 272-247 and found a running game with Tion Green and Michael Boone. That was a positive sign in the first half.

In the second half it got ugly for the home team as got dominated 21-0. As hopeful as being down four points at the half it turned into a nightmare.

Two key plays:

1.       A 3rd and 3, Trail completed a down and out to Nate Cole who gained the first down and tried to make more happen was stripped from behind. The play left the ball in Cincinnati territory.

2.       Deep in their own territory Trail threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Johnny Ward from 11 yards out.

Behind Flowers and running back Marlon Mack the Bulls out gained the Bearcats 197-121(total yards) in the second half.

We had a Gunner Kiel sighting in the second half, but even with Kiel the offense didn’t move much. Be on the lookout for Hayden Moore’s health this week.

The boys from Clifton were not able to avenge their loss from last season as they fell 45-20 to the Bulls. The Bearcats are now 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the AAC, they must lick their wounds and get ready to hit the road and face Connecticut next week.

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