Holtz impressed by Cincinnati's turnover margin
Coming off a game in which his team committed four turnovers while forcing only two, USF coach Skip Holtz said takeaways will be a major challenge Saturday against a Cincinnati team that ranks second nationally in that key statistic.
"The thing that's probably the most impressive is they're No. 2 in the county in turnover margin," Holtz said. "I think turnovers are a huge indicator in the win-loss column, more so than probably any other statistic. We were able to outgain Connecticut by maybe 80 yards, but still lost the game. We finished minus-2 in the turnover battle. You look at this (Cincinnati) team, it's not surprising why they're winning. ... They have seven turnovers and they've created 19, which is a huge margin."
The Bulls won 38-30 at Cincinnati last season and didn't commit a turnover in that win, and the Bulls' best win this season, the opener at Notre Dame, was a game with zero Bulls turnovers and five takeaways. Holtz said correcting the problems with turnovers will go a long way toward getting the Bulls out of an 0-2 start in Big East play.
"Right now, everybody's scratching their heads a little bit: 'What do we need to do to win?' I talked about the turnover battle and how important that is," Holtz said. "We're here as an 0-2 football team in the league and we're minus-3 in our last two games. When we can stop turning the ball over and eliminate some of the penalty yards that we had, so many of the problems we had were self-inflicted."
GIDDINS HONORED: Sophomore defensive end Ryne Giddins was named to the Big East honor roll after getting a career-best 11 tackles, including two sacks, and a forced fumble in Saturday's 16-10 loss. UConn's Byron Jones, who returned a Darrell Scott fumble 10 yards for the game-winning touchdown, was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week.