HOUSTON COUGARS

The visiting Bulls were blown out by the Cougars 56-21 on Saturday at TDECU Stadium. Houston evened its 2020 record at 3-3 (3-2 in the American Athletic Conference) while South Florida fell to 1-7 (0-6 in the AAC) on the campaign.

To say that the UH offense was on fire was an understatement. The Cougars score 14 points in each of the four quarters and sprinted to a 28-0 halftime advantage.

The home team extended the margin to 42-zip before the USF dented the scoreboard. The Green & Gold managed to post 21 unanswered points to cut the margin to 42-21.

Houston ended any thoughts of a South Florida comeback by posting two more scores. That made the final arithmetic 56-21.

Normally,

I review the entire tilt but that would be a waste of your time. Sadly, this game was over before kickoff, and here’s why.

The Bulls have 11 (yes, you’re reading that right) players that were placed on the inactive list. The worst part was two were quarterbacks as well as other starters on both sides of the football.

Because of this, along with the normal amount of injuries that occur during a college football season, USF has been forced to press into service players that would not be seeing the field on game day. Players that would, normally, be spending their first season as scout team players learning the nuances of Division I college football are being given their baptism under fire.

A huge positive

is that the Bulls could have folded the tent after the first 30 minutes but they didn’t. When Head Coach Jeff Scott was asked if that was something that the Green & Gold can build on he responded, “It’s obviously a very disappointing loss. The first half just got away from us really quickly. I’ve got to congratulate Houston. They played well, they coached better and they played better. Really disappointing day overall. Probably the only bright spot was coming out after halftime in a very tough situation, I felt like our guys really fought back. We had a little stretch there, we drove down around the 10-yard line and had the fumble for a touchdown. After that, we scored three touchdowns in a row, and getting ready to kick-off, it was a three-score game and I felt like we could maybe hold them, go score again and get it to a two-score game and maybe on-side kick it after that. We just gave up a couple of plays and they put it away. We’ll regroup, learn from it and move on. That’s all you can do at this point.”

South Florida finally returns home Saturday to take on Navy. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 pm weather permitting.

I’ll have my usual Zoom time with Coach Scott on Thursday. Look for his responses to my queries in my Shooting The Bull column that evening.