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Halftime: Cincinnati 10, USF 10

10/22/2011

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cincinnati and USF are tied at 10 at halftime in what can only be described as a mistake-filled first half by both teams.

Consider:

  • USF ended the half with a bit of a clock-management blunder that wasted a chance for a third-and-goal. On second-and-goal at the 2, the Bulls snapped the ball with 28 seconds left in the half. B.J. Daniels ran for no gain. But it took a while for him to be extricated from the pile. Then the Bulls appeared to be confused and waited until 3 seconds remained on the clock to call timeout. Maikon Bonani hit the 20-yard field goal, but fans booed the team on the way to the locker room.

  • The Bulls had two opportunities from inside the Cincinnati 5 in the first half, but came away with just a field goal. On the other chance, they botched the snap on the field-goal attempt.

  • Daniels had yet another fumble, this one early in the game. He has four turnovers in two games.

  • Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros has thrown two pretty bad interceptions. The first was in the end zone; the second led to the game-tying field goal, when he inexplicably decided to flip the ball to a sea of green shirts after being chased way, way outside the pocket.

  • The Bearcats had a missed field goal of their own on the opening drive of the game, when Tony Miliano went wide left from 33 yards.

So you see the game has not been played well on either side. Collaros is not having the greatest game, and USF is really doing a nice job of slowing down Isaiah Pead, who only has 34 yards rushing with a long of 9. Both defensive fronts are doing an excellent job getting pressure -- that is a big reason why Collaros has struggled. Neither team is running the ball well, either. Cincinnati has held the No. 1 rushing team in the league to 42 total yards on the ground.

USF receiver Deonte Welch has more than 100 yards in the first half, and the Bulls have been able to move the ball at times. They just keep getting in their own way.