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Kloss' miss breaks field goal streak

TAMPA — On a mildly wet field, amid 7 mph winds, the law of averages finally caught up to Bulls sophomore K Marvin Kloss.

Kloss' wide-left 49-yard try in the first quarter ended his school-record streak of 13 made field goals. He hadn't missed since the season opener against McNeese State.

Kloss' 55-yard try late in the first half also went wide left. By contrast, Memphis K Jake Elliott's 56-yarder with 12 seconds to go in the first half hit the crossbar, bounced straight up and went over. It was a school record.

"Kloss is an awesome kicker, but as you can see everybody has off nights and we can't rely on him all the time," junior WR Andre Davis said. "As an offense, we've got to get in the end zone."

A Lou Groza Award semifinalist, Kloss embarked on a potential new streak with a 28-yarder early in the third.

USF-UCF IN PRIME TIME: The American Athletic Conference announced late Saturday that the Bulls' contest Nov. 29 at UCF will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. It will be the Bulls' fourth consecutive evening game.

THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE: Though attendance Saturday initially was announced at 30,831, the Tampa Sports Authority said it was less than half that — 14,793. Still, coach Willie Taggart made a point to end his postgame news conference by thanking Bulls fans.

"They did a great job (Saturday) for our football team," he said. "And I know things aren't going the way that they want them to, but I do want to say I appreciate you all, and go Bulls."

VETERANS NIGHT: For all of the Bulls' onfield blandness against Memphis, at least give them points for patriotism.

In honor of the nation's military veterans, the Bulls' white helmets featured their trademark horned "U" colored like an American flag. Their uniforms featured the patches of the nation's five branches of service.

Groups of USF ROTC cadets stood in formation on the field during the national anthem. Among the honored guests was U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, current commander of U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, and the first African-American to head the organization.

ODDS AND ENDS: Redshirt sophomore S Kenneth Durden's first-period interception of a tipped Paxton Lynch pass was the first of his career. … Former Bulls All-America DE George Selvie was among the alumni attending. … With his three interceptions of Mike White, Memphis CB Bobby McCain has eight takeaways in seven games.

Kloss' miss breaks field goal streak 11/16/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:18am]
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