Houston now has at least one takeaway in the last 31 consecutive contests, and remains the best in the nation with 67 takeaways in a span of 21 games.
With 02:54 left in the first quarter, the Cougars put the first points up on the board with a one-yard rush into the end zone by Kenneth Farrow.
The USF matchup marked the second time this season that Houston has shutout an opponent in the first half of the game, heading into halftime with a 7-0 lead.
A few minutes into the second half, Ryan Jackson rushed for one-yard for a touchdown, taking it to a 14-0 Houston lead.
At 01:52 in the third quarter Marvin Kloss finally scored the only points of the game for the Bulls with a 33-yard field goal, making it 14-3.
On the next Houston possession the Cougars tied their longest scoring drive of the season when Greg Ward Jr. connected with Farrow for an eight-yard touchdown pass. Kyle Bullard missed the extra point attempt under gusty weather conditions, the Cougars improved to a 20-3 lead.
With 05:27 left on the clock, Jackson made it into the end zone once again with a 24-yard touchdown rush, creating a 24-point deficit that would become the final score of the game. Jackson recorded his first game of the year with multiple rushing touchdowns.
Steven Bench struggled to capitalize on the last USF possession of the game being sacked for a loss of four yards by Trevor Harris, and then throwing a pick intercepted by Adrian McDonald making it McDonald’s 12th career forced turnover.
Bench was sacked three times throughout the matchup, while Ward Jr. was only sacked once and threw zero interceptions.