Louisville-USF to kick off at noon
TAMPA -- USF's Oct. 26 homecoming game against Louisville will kick off at noon, the American Athletic Conference announced Monday.
TV information hasn't been finalized, though the conference indicated it will be shown on on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews or as the AAC Game of the Week. The contest will mark the Bulls' third noon kickoff in the last four games.
BULLS HONORED: PK Marvin Kloss and LB DeDe Lattimore were named to the American's weekly
five-player honor roll following their performances in Saturday's 13-10 victory at Connecticut.
Kloss hit field goals of 47 and 44 yards, including the game-winner with 4:30 to play. Lattimore had a team-best 11 tackles and a pass breakup, and returned a blocked field goal 25 yards.
EIGHT QUARTERS AND COUNTING: Having become the answer to a trivia question (the first American Athletic Conference team to win twice in a row without an offensive TD), the Bulls
will spend four bye-week practices trying to address more pressing questions.
USF hasn't scored an offensive TD since the fourth quarter of its 49-21 loss to Miami on
Sept. 28. It hasn't scored against an opponent's first-team defense since the first period of
the same game -- a span of 11 quarters.
"It's just little things in critical times where one guy just loses a little focus," said
Coach Willie Taggart, whose team is ranked 121st of 123 Division I teams in total offense
"Sometimes it's just rushing and not really locking in to what you have to do and sometimes
it's just losing focus. It's killing us. More of it is just converting on third downs."
On the positive side, the Bulls can build off their fourth-quarter scoring drive at UConn, when everyone seemed to lock in concurrently. QB Bobby Eveld was 3-for-4 (to three different receivers)
for 38 yards in a 13-play march that covered 65 yards.
"We called the same plays we called earlier in that game," Taggart said. "They did their
assignments and executed and did it with so much confidence. When you saw the plays develop
and you watch it on film you're like, 'Wow, that was a lot of confidence.'"