By Leo Haggerty


A quick Editor’s note.  As you already read with my Bucs recap, this was a tough week for me.  Had two friends pass on Monday so I was not able to provide you with the normal in depth compelling content that you expect from me and the rest of our staff.  A big thank you for understanding.

Tulsa managed to push across a score with 47 ticks left in the contest and then held on to defeat South Florida 32-31 at Raymond James Stadium. The come from behind victory boosted the Golden Hurricanes to 3-4 and 2-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The heartbreaking loss dropped the Bulls to 1-5 and 0-2 in the AAC.

Coming off their bye week, USF took an early lead on their opening possession at 10:51 of first period. The Green & Gold went 48 yards in eight plays taking 4:09 culminating with a 44 yard field goal by K Spencer Shrader.  That put South Florida up 3-0.

The Blue & Gold immediately dented the scoreboard at 4:54 of the opening quarter with their initial possession of the tilt. K Zack Long booted a 22 yard field goal that finished off a 15 play drive that travelled 81 yards in 5:51 tying the contest at 3 all.

After a Tulsa fumble, USF retook the lead at 12:52 of the second period. RB Jaren Mangham (13 for 75 yards and 1 TD) rambled in from a yard away ending a four play drive that took 1:56 to go 12 yards.  Shrader was good with the PAT and the Bulls moved ahead by a count of 10-3.

The Golden Hurricanes posted points at 9:16 of the second quarter. RB Deneric Prince (19 for 110 yards and 1 TD) powered in from the 1 yard line.  That completed a four play drive that took 58 seconds to travel 43 yards.  Long converted the extra point knotting the score at 10 apiece.

It took the Bulls 14 seconds to change the scoreboard at 8:59 of the second period. RB Brian Battie took the ensuing kickoff and scampered 100 yards to paydirt. Shrader was perfect with the PAT and USF sprinted to a 17-10 lead.

Now it was time for the Green & Gold defense to get into the act at 5:54 of the second quarter. S Antonio Grier pilfered an aerial and went 69 yards to the house. Shrader was true with the extra point increasing the South Florida lead to 24-10.

Tulsa cut the lead at 1:09 of the second quarter. Long connected with a 25 yard field goal that ended a 12 play drive that went 78 yards in 4:44. That trimmed the South Florida lead to 24-13 but the Golden Hurricanes weren’t going to settle with that score before halftime.

After USF fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Tulsa scored again with 57 seconds left before intermission. It took QB Davis Brin (22 of 39 for 266 yards and 2 TD plus 2 INT) just 13 seconds to find WR Sam Crawford with a short pass and #9 did the rest to complete a 37 yard catch and run score.  Long was good with the conversion and Tulsa crawled closer at 24-20 as both teams head to their respective locker room.

The Bulls scored at 4:30 of the third quarter.  QB Timmy McClain (14 for 24 yards and 1 TD) took it in himself with an eight yard run capping a 10 play drive that took 4:33 to go 81 yards.  Shrader booted the PAT and South Florida surged to a 31-20 margin.

Tulsa trimmed the lead at 10:57 of the final quarter. This time Brin found WR J Johnson (8 for 74 yards and 1 TD) with a 13 yard aerial that ended an 89 yard drive that took 10 plays and 4:36.  The two point conversion failed and the Blue & Gold inched closer at 31-26.

After USF turned the pigskin over on downs, the Golden Hurricanes posted the winning score with 47 seconds left in regulation. RB Samari Brooks (23 for 145 yards and 1 TD) navigated the final 3 yards that culminated a nine play drive that went 47 yards in 3:33  giving Tulsa a 32-31 advantage.  The try for two failed but that was unnecessary as South Florida could not move close enough for a game winning field goal as time expired.

All of the game shots above and below were provided by our excellent photo journalist father and son team of Trace Crisp and Matt Crisp.  Great job, guys.

The Bulls now prepare to host Temple on Saturday.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm and look for my recap on Sunday.