BULLS : AFTER THE DUST SETTLES : MASSACHUSETTS
By Leo Haggerty
South Florida beat Massachusetts 58-42 in an offensive track meet. The Bulls moved to 5-0 on the season and the Minutemen dropped to 2-5 on the campaign but the arithmetic doesn’t tell the whole story of the contest.
USF turned a competitive 20-14 halftime score into a rout. The Bulls dropped 28 points on the Minutemen in the third quarter. That stretched the Green & Gold advantage to 48-28 heading into the final period.
RB Jordan Cronkrite was the primary reason for the Bulls pulling away in the third quarter. #2 had touchdown runs of 77 and 30 and 76 yards respectively. Sandwich those around a “scoop-and-score” TD by South Florida’s Vincent Davis and the Green & Gold were off to the races.
For the longest time, it seemed like the Bulls were going to need every point they could put up on their side of the scoreboard. UMass didn’t go away and was able to put up 42 markers and stay within relative striking distance.
With all that being said, the Bulls are still undefeated and, as they say on the golf course, “it’s not how but how many” and that truly applies to USF football. Score one more point than the opposition but, I can almost guarantee you, that HC Charlie Strong would like to see his defense keep the score a little lower than what it was on Saturday.