TAMPA — USF sophomore Andre Davis had a breakout game in the comeback win at Nevada, with 12 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns. But in the four games since, defenses have emphasized stopping him.
Davis had eight catches for 84 yards in the next game, a home loss to Rutgers, but in three games since, Davis has five catches for 45 yards.
"It's structurally what a lot of people are doing," said Bulls coach Skip Holtz, noting that Temple double-covered the split end throughout Saturday's USF loss in Philadelphia. "You go into a game and a guy catches 12 balls at one position, defensively you're going to find away to schematically take that away."
Terrence Mitchell now leads the team with 339 receiving yards, 6 more than Davis, and Holtz said the redshirt sophomore had opportunities for much more Saturday: "He had three drops. It's unfortunate, because he could have had six or seven catches," Holtz said.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UCF: Kicking around
ORLANDO — UCF sophomore K Shawn Moffitt was almost sheepish after Thursday's 40-20 win over East Carolina.
He hit four field goals to stay perfect on the season, including a career long 49-yarder in the fourth quarter. But he didn't take full credit.
"I'm not going to lie," he said, "The wind helped a lot."
Moffitt earned College Football Performance Awards national specialist of the week honors. He has hit all seven of his field-goal attempts, one of just eight kickers nationally to remain perfect after at least seven attempts.
UM: More manly
CORAL GABLES — Notre Dame ran for 380 yards, its most since 2000, in a 41-3 win Saturday over Miami. Hurricanes coach Al Golden thinks knows what's missing.
"You mean, if we had like, a man," he said Monday. "No, it's true. If we had a man. If we had a guy who was 22 years old and he was a senior, or a redshirt senior and he had been playing for three or four years."
Miami has four sophomores and two freshmen starters in the starting front seven. Golden expects to have sophomore DT Pierre Olsen back for North Carolina after missing Saturday.
FSU: Not so fast
TALLAHASSEE — When EJ Manuel got game film last week of North Carolina State's defensive collapse to Miami, he salivated. "I was," he said Monday.
Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris gutted N.C. State's secondary for 566 passing yards, an ACC record, in a 44-37 Miami win on Sept. 29. Manuel hoped for something similar this past weekend.
Not even close. Manuel passed for 218 yards as the Wolfpack stunned the then-No. 3 Seminoles 17-16 in Raleigh.
"We didn't throw the ball as much as I thought we would have," Manuel said.
When pressed about his playcalling, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said he had no regrets. That included two of his final three drives when he opted to run on five of the six plays
"Every play was right there," Fisher said.
LATE GAME: The ACC announced the Oct. 20 game at Miami will kick off at 8 p.m.