The game between Cincinnati and South Florida turned out the way most anticipated it would before kickoff.
Without much on the line for either team, we were left with some pretty uninspired football at times. A first-half punt-fest eventually turned into a pretty dominating 27-10 win for the Bearcats on Friday night. And once again, two of the most pleasant surprises in the entire Big East led Cincinnati to the victory.
George Winn posted his fifth 100-yard game of the season, and Travis Kelce set the school single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Winn had two touchdowns rushing and Kelce had one receiving as Cincinnati (8-3, 4-2) was able to overcome a sluggish start on Senior Day.
As for USF, this is a team that has struggled to get any sort of offensive production or consistency going with B.J. Daniels on the sideline. The Bulls had gone 10 consecutive quarters without a touchdown, until Demetris Murray got into the end zone in the fourth quarter to break that streak. Before that score, the last time USF scored a touchdown was in the first quarter of its Nov. 3 victory over Connecticut -- when Daniels was still healthy.
Coach Skip Holtz's decision-making was called into question again following Murray's score. USF decided to go for the extra point to make it 27-10. Had USF (3-8, 1-5) gone for two and made it, the Bulls would have trailed by 16 points (or two scores).
Quarterback Matt Floyd struggled once again, though he was better in the second half. In the first half, USF only had 95 total yards and Floyd had five pass completions. He did better after halftime, but was not nearly as productive as a starting quarterback should be. He is missing several of his top playmakers, but he also had many playmakers out there -- including Andre Davis.
The Bulls had problems holding onto the football as well. They had EIGHT fumbles, though they only lost two. And now, they are the first USF team to ever lose eight games.