Off. Focus: 3rd Downs, Turnovers, & Big Plays

USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch talks about the offense after their second loss of the season. Coach breaks down what went wrong against UCONN, saying converting third downs, turnovers, and lack of big plays have been hurting the offense's production. Coach talks about what they need to do to correct the issues, and why he thinks they can to become more successful.

USF OC Todd Fitch talks about the Bulls offensive unit after their second loss of the season.

After the second straight loss of the season, USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch talks about the offense heading into the game against Cincinnati.

The offense has struggled against BSC level competition and it became more apparent against UCONN, a game where the defense shined, but the offense couldn't match the effort.

Coach Fitch breaks down what went wrong against UCONN, saying difficulty in converting third downs is a big issue, but the lack of consistency on first and second downs and getting put in situations where the defense knows what's coming is a big culprit.

"That's the toughest time to throw and you want to stay out of third and must-pass situations," said Fitch. "It gives a free rein to the defense."

Beside third down efficiency, another problem has been the untimely drive killing turnovers, "It's the first sloppy game I thought we played," said Fitch. "It's just frustrating because we have not played that way. We need to get it corrected."

Another big issue in the last two losses has been the lack of big plays and that's been hurting the offense's production.

"We've got to call more of those plays and I need to call more of those shots and give them a chance," said Fitch. "We called three Saturday. Sometimes you don't see them because they don't get executed or you have a protection issue. It's an emphasis that I have to do a better job of calling some for them. We have to execute them, too."

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