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October 26, 2013

Louisville dominates USF 34-3

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USF's offensive woes continued in its 34-3 loss to the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, as the Bulls failed to find the end zone for the third consecutive game.

The Bulls have now gone 12 quarters without a touchdown, setting a new record for the program.

Louisville opened the game with a touchdown drive, with QB Teddy Bridgewater leading his team 90 yards down the field and throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Damian Copeland. The Cardinals would be held to just seven points in the first 15 minutes thanks to a USF defense that sacked Bridgewater twice in one drive.

The only scoring drive of the game for USF came in the first quarter. The drive, which resulted in a 50-yard field goal from Marvin Kloss, was just four plays for 13 yards; however, the offense was aided by two 15-yard penalties against Louisville for good field position.

Bridgewater looked as good as he has all season, even against a Bulls defense that did all that it could to contain him. The junior went 25-of-29 for 344 yards and three touchdowns before being pulled early in the fourth quarter after the Cardinals had secured a 24-point lead.

USF went 1-of-9 on third downs, which will help to keep the program in the cellar in terms of efficiency; the Bulls entered this game ranked 121st (3rd worst in the FBS) in converting on third down. The team had just eight first downs during the game, in contrast to the 26 Louisville had.

The Bulls also nearly set a new record for the least amount of yards gained in a single game. It was not until the 8:49 mark of the fourth quarter that USF surpassed 117 total yards, the number of yards gained in last year's loss to Pittsburgh and the lowest in the history of the program. USF finished with 133 yards.

There were two turnovers in this game, both of which were made by USF during two consecutive drives. The first, a fumble by RB Darius Tice at Louisville's 18-yard line, was recovered by DT Brandon Dunn and subsequently turned into a Cardinals touchdown. The second, an interception thrown by QB Steven Bench to Cardinals' CB Charles Gaines, was returned 70 yards for a touchdown.

One big shock of the game was freshman QB Mike White entering the game, which burned his redshirt. He entered the game in the fourth quarter.

USF will now make a quick turnaround and travel to Houston, Texas to take on the Cougars (6-1) in a Thursday night matchup on ESPN. Houston is undefeated in AAC play.



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