Notes: Holtz counts 7 drops among USF mistakes
PHILADELPHIA -- There were issues all over the field in USF's 37-28 loss to Temple on Saturday, but coach Skip Holtz was especially disappointed by consistent problems from receivers catching passes, stifling an offense struggling to move the ball early in the game.
"The glaring, glaring things today offensively were the inconsistency in catching the ball at the wide receiver position," Holtz said. "It made it very hard to get any consistency or anything moving. It seemed like as soon as you start to get some momentum rolling, you drop a couple passes, and then it was 'Punt.'"
USF's drops were worst on the Bulls' final drive of the first half, leading Temple 7-6 and trying to add to that lead. USF had three clear drops in a span of six plays -- by Evan Landi, Andre Davis and Terrence Mitchell, arguably three of the Bulls' best targets. Mitchell dropped another pass on USF's potential go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter, setting up a fourth down for the Bulls. Quarterback B.J. Daniels went 18-for-31 passing Saturday, and Holtz said half of his incompletions could be credited to his receivers.
"I don't know how many drops (Daniels) had, but I bet he had seven," Holtz said. "We're not talking about hard catches. We're talking about balls that were hitting people in the sternum."
RECORD TIED: When B.J. Daniels scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, it was the 24th of his USF career, matching Andre Hall (2004-05) for the most in Bulls history.
Daniels' second-quarter fumble came on a play in which his helmet was ripped off his head -- no facemask call was made -- and Daniels said he didn't know what happened on the play.
"One thing I didn't understand was it happened on the right hash, and my helmet ended up on the left hash," Daniels said. "I couldn't explain that at all."
FIRST START: Defensive end Julius Forte, a Boca Ciega graduate, made his first career start, moving ahead of Armwood's Ryne Giddins. USF didn't get much pressure on Temple QB Chris Coyer, with the defensive line totaling 1.5 tackles for loss. Forte finished with one tackle, while Giddins had two; the other starting end, Tevin Mims, had the Bulls' only sack.
LAST ONE: Wisconsin got an interception against Illinois on Saturday, leaving USF as the only team in I-A football without an interception this season. The Bulls have zero defensive takeaways in their four-game losing streak.
"I certainly don't want to blame it on luck," Holtz said. "I'm one of those believers who believe if you pressure the quarterback and force him to put the ball up under pressure, you're going to get some opportunities to go get some balls in the air. We have not created turnovers, and that has definitely been a downfall in what we've been doing defensively."
THIS AND THAT: Walk-on receiver David Aristil, a first-year football player who was an All-American hurdler in track, made his Bulls debut on the kickoff coverage unit. ... Punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann had a strong game, with an average of 43 yards and a long of 60, with only 14 yards in punt returns. ... Temple had two kicks go off the uprights, missing the extra point on its first touchdown, then a 22-yard field goal. USF's Maikon Bonani missed a 50-yarder that would have been a career long. ... USF's only Big East win in the last 11 games was at Syracuse, so the Bulls' last outdoor conference win came in November 2010 at Louisville, where the Bulls return to play in two weeks.