Penalties Cost the Bulls Against SMU

Behind 12 penalties, USF fell to 2-8 in front of their home crowd on Senior Night against SMU 16-6.

TAMPA BAY, FL---After reaching double digit penalties in Houston three weeks ago, South Florida committed 13 penalties in route to their 16-6 loss on Senior Night to the hands of SMU.

Explosive senior running back Marcus Shaw was held to just 39 yards on the night and the whole team finished with just 42 yards as a whole. The Bulls attempted to make a late push in the fourth quarter after wide receiver Chris Dunkley took a punt return back for a 50-yard touchdown, but the Bulls failed to convert the two-point conversion.

Quarterback Mike White was harassed most of the night inside the pocket and finished with 217 yards on 19-of-34 passing with two interceptions.

Former Texas Longhorn quarterback and leader in the nation in total offense, Garret Gilbert, was knocked out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and was replaced by Neal Burcham. In his time under center, Burcham threw a touchdown and an interception, but managed the game very well.

Senior wide receiver Andre Davis finished with five catches for 113 yards on the night. The game tonight was Davis' third straight 100-yard game, which is a new Bulls' record.

On defensive, defensive back Hassan Childs recorded two interceptions on the night and stud defensive end Aaron Lynch finished with two sacks as well.

South Florida (2-8, 2-4 American) will travel to Orlando to take on instate rival UCF (9-1, 6-0) on Friday night and the game will air on ESPN at 8:00 PM.

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