Though the weather cleared up in Spartan Stadium, the weather didn't quite clear up for South Florida's offense, accumulating just 155 total yards in a 21-6 loss at the hands of Michigan State Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.
Bobby Eveld, who started the second half in last week's contest against McNeese State, got the nod to lead Coach Taggart's offense in Spartan Stadium.
To keep it at a minimum, the quarterback struggles continued and Eveld had a catastrophic display, going 6-25 for 66 yards with an interception and fumble. Penn State transfer Steven Bench made his Bulls debut, but only had a brief showing, attempting one pass which was incomplete.
Senior running back Marcus Shaw had some bright spots, falling just short of his 2nd straight 100 yard game, rushing for 94 yards on 23 carries.
Ranking in the Top 10 in total defense for the past two seasons, Mark Dantonio's defensive unit showed why they're in elite company with the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Florida and LSU this afternoon.
Michigan State's defense scored two out of the teams three touchdowns in Week One against instate Western Michigan, while adding two more this afternoon with the help of sophomore defensive end, Shilique Calhoun.
The 6'4, 250 pound Calhoun opened the flood gates with 4 yard fumble return touchdown early in the second quarter after Bobby Eveld was struck by defensive end, Tyler Hoover. Calhoun, yet again, took another score to the house in the third quarter with a 56 yard interception, which USF was clinging to a 7-6 ball game at the time.
On the season, Calhoun has 3 defensive touchdowns in his first two weeks, which sits comfortably at first in the nation among players.
The two field goals from Kloss were the only points the Bulls produced Saturday afternoon.
The three Michigan State quarterbacks combined for just 94 yards on 12-24 passing.
Through the first two weeks, the defense has scored four of Michigan State's six TDs this season, while USF has been victimized for 3 touchdowns by opposing defenses.
South Florida drops to (0-2, 0-1 away) on the season, while Michigan State stays unbeaten through two weeks, (2-0, 2-0 home).
South Florida hosts Florida Atlantic next Saturday at 7:00 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.