USF Gets Dropped In Defensive Battle, 21-6

Coach Taggart and the South Florida Bulls took a trip to East Lansing, MI to square off against the Michigan State Spartans and the trip didn't go as planned. South Florida dropped to 0-2 on the season, falling to Coach Dantonio's elite defense, 21-6.

East Lansing, MI---After a rain delay that lasted shortly over an hour in East Lansing, MI, South Florida and Michigan State finally took the field around 1:00 due to weather conditions.

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.

South Florida's Marvin Kloss made his first two career field goals from 46, the second one coming 22 yards after a fumble by Michigan State punt returner Andre Sims.

The two field goals from Kloss were the only points the Bulls produced Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans rotated Andrew Maxwell, Tyler O' Connor and Connor Cook under center this afternoon, not producing any eye popping numbers either.

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.

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