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A Heartbreak Loss to the Memphis Tigers

If how the game ended on Saturday afternoon did not spell out how the USF Bulls season is going I am not sure what would. When a team is winning games like this end in wins not in losses. This was a heartbreaking loss for USF. This was the first game this season they avoided turning the ball over but still found a way to lose the game. The question of the show the starting quarterback might be in the final four games was answered in Noah Johnson. Johnson stepped up finally and showed he could be the starter. Special teams were awesome going four for four on field goals. What cost the Bulls the game against the Memphis Tigers is that they were unable to stop their offense on the final two drives. Coach Jeff Scott still does not have a win within the conference.

Normally when a team scored 24 points in a quarter they win the game. For example, the Florida Gators did just that on their way to win over their rivals the Georgia Bulldogs. This game reminded me of the Cincinnati Bearcats game from last year. In this game like that one, the USF Bulls dominated the whole game only to lose it on the last play. I was sitting in my car listening to the game on the radio before I joined my friend to watch the Gators Bulldogs game. When I got out the Bulls were still winning and when I got inside my phone indicated they lost by one point 34-33. Most of the time you can point the finger at mistakes by the Bulls on why they lost this time it was not the reason. This was one of the games they should have won.

In this game, the USF Bulls had a pick-six instead of throwing one. That came at the hands of Daquan Evans who returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. The other two touchdowns came off the arm of Noah Johnson. He was 20/29 for 217 yards. That was one of the better statically game for USF. The other bright spot was like I mention earlier Spencer Shrader was four for four. He hit field goals from 41, 46, 47, and49 yards which for Bulls special teams was great. USF did make all three extra points as well. This meant when they had the ball they scored points. Up till the last two drives, they kept the Memphis Tigers offense off balance.

How the Tigers won this game is simple Brady White took the offense and its fast pace and showed the USF Bulls left too much time for them. With just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bulls led 33-17 and it looked like they were going to get their first conference win. After the Tigers got the score 33-24 if the Bulls had just got a first down the game would have been over. USF was unable and had to punt which gave White and company time to drive down and get the winning touchdown. The bright spot is maybe the best the Bulls have played this year and hopefully, they can take that into the game this Saturday their final road game against the Houston Cougars.

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