Bogan matches USF record with 11 catches
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Senior receiver Dontavia Bogan matched a USF record with 11 catches in the loss -- the most for any Bulls player since DeAndrew Rubin had 11 against Pittsburgh in a 2001 win. Bogan finished with 98 yards, but his longest catch was just 15 yards, 3 yards under his average per catch entering the game.
"I thought Bogan played a fantastic game," USF coach Skip Holtz said. "You look at it, and everything was underneath, ball control, trying to make some first downs."
STEPPING UP: Redshirt freshman linebacker DeDe Lattimore had the best game of his young career, leading the Bulls with 11 tackles and getting his first career sack, one of two tackles for losses. The Bulls held West Virginia's running game to 79 yards on 33 carries, limiting star running back Noel Devine to 29 yards on 13 carries.
STILL SIDELINED: Two key sophomores -- running back Demetris Murray and receiver Sterling Griffin -- were optimistic about playing despite lingering ankle injuries that have sidelined them. Neither was listed on USF's official injury report, but neither made it onto the field in the first half. Murray, who sat out the Florida Atlantic game and was limited to four carries against Syracuse, was USF's No. 2 rusher entering the game, and Griffin has yet to play this season since dislocating his ankle in a voluntary workout this summer.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said he's still optimistic Griffin can play this season, but said if he isn't able to return in the next two games, the staff will consider whether it's better for him to redshirt this season, preserving another year of eligibility.
COOLER THAN TAMPA: With a game-time temperature of just 53 degrees, most USF players wore Under Armour thermal sleeves under their jerseys, and the Bulls invested in four heated benches and space heaters on the sidelines to help offset the cold weather. The last time the Bulls played in Morgantown, it was 29 degrees and snowing, the coldest temperature ever for a Bulls game.
AT IT AGAIN: Sophomore Lindsey Lamar, who had a 94-yard touchdown on a kickoff return against Syracuse, was honored as this week's special-teams captain, and he showed the same big-play potential in the second quarter, returning a kickoff 55 yards.
THIS AND THAT: True freshman walk-on Stephen Bravo-Brown earned his second start of the season as the Bulls lined up with four receivers. ... Junior safety Jerrell Young of Gibbs, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, was back in the starting lineup, allowing senior Mistral Raymond to move back to cornerback. Young led the Bulls with four tackles in the first half. ...
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