Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Kloss sets USF field goal record

HOUSTON — No one will ever be able to accuse Marvin Kloss of backing into USF's most hallowed special-teams records.

With kicks of 39, 50 and 49 yards Thursday, Kloss extended his streak of consecutive field goals to 13, breaking Maikon Bonani's program mark.

"I think he's the best kicker in the country," Bulls coach Willie Taggart said. "Not just college, but the NFL, too."

The conversions gave Kloss seven field goals of 47 yards or longer this year, eclipsing Bonani's season mark (six) in that category. Kloss' four field goals of at least 50 yards also is a USF career and season record.

"Thanks to the (offensive) line and the whole operation — ­the snap, the hold and the kick — we've been pretty perfect on that the whole year," Kloss said. "Without them I wouldn't be where I'm at right now."

A 'FREAK' ON HALLOWEEN: Established as Mike White's favorite target from the outset, junior WR Andre "Freakshow" Davis had season highs in catches (nine) and yards (134), propelling him up the school's career rankings.

Davis, who extended his record with at least one catch for the 26th consecutive game, moved into ninth place in career receiving yards (1,218). He has 97 career catches, passing DeAndrew Rubin (91) for eighth place on the school list.

HOUSTON HOMECOMING: For the first time in his three-plus seasons at USF, senior DE Tevin Mims had parents and grandparents watching him in person.

The only member of the Bulls' travel roster from Texas, Mims was raised in Round Rock, roughly two hours west of Houston. He was anticipating roughly 10 family members Thursday at Reliant Stadium, a USF official said.

Mims didn't disappoint his home crowd, finishing with five tackles, half a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.

ODDS AND ENDS: Chris Dunkley's 41-yard first-period punt return was the longest by a Bulls player since Terrence Mitchell's 67-yarder against Western Kentucky in 2010. … LB DeDe Lattimore (four tackles) made his 44th career start and moved into fifth place on the school's career tackles chart (303). … Bulls TE Lawrence Martin, a 6-foot-3, 316-pound senior, made his first career catch — an 11-yarder — on USF's first-half TD drive. … DB Mark Joyce tied a career high with nine tackles.

Follow Joey Knight on Twitter @TBTimes_Bulls.

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