USF Comes Up Short to Rallying Pirates Squad

Behind the ground game of Daytona Beach native and running back, Breon Allen, the No. 19 ECU Pirates downed Willie Taggart and South Florida inside Raymond James Stadium on Saturday evening.

The past few seasons have seen South Florida meet the same fate whenever squaring off against ranked opponents. The Bulls will put up a fight and sometimes even hold on to a late lead only to run out of gas in the second half and let the potential upset slip away.

The same was the case Saturday night for Homecoming as USF (2-4, 1-1) fell to the AAC leading #19 ECU Pirates (5-1, 2-0).

To the surprise of many, USF jumped out the gate early on, as one would expect to keep pace with the ECU offense, moving the ball through the air efficiently and putting 17 on the board in the first two quarters.

From the very beginning, Bulls fans realized what they had missed in Andre Davis, as the playmaking receiver made an immediate impact, racking up 124 yards on six receptions and one touchdown from Mike White.

To accompany the offense, Chuck Bresnahan’s defense applied immense pressure to Shane Carden, ECU’s all-time leading passing QB, even forcing an interception before the half to take a 17-7 lead going into the locker rooms.

The second half told a totally different story. Similar to Wisconsin, ECU utilized multiple long, back breaking drives in the second half to take the lead and the win from a Bulls squad who has now lost five straight homecoming games.

The star of the Pirate offense was senior running back Breon Allen. The Daytona Beach native totaled 124 yards on the ground, 50 yards in receiving and a pair of touchdowns, including a four-yard run that gave ECU the lead early on in the fourth quarter.

Having now lost two straight, the Bulls must quickly rebound as they head into next Saturday’s road matchup at Tulsa (1-5, 1-1).

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