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Joey Knight's takeaways from Thursday's USF-Temple game

Published Sep. 22, 2017

Even when they do catch a break, the Bulls' beleaguered special teams can't hold on to it. After having four kicks blocked in their first three games, USF managed a positive special teams play in the first quarter when Kano Dillon got a piece of an Alex Starzyk punt. But redshirt freshman Craig Watts fumbled the ball after trying to make the recovery, and the Temple pounced on it.

The tailback rotation of D'Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice has proven one of the steadiest components of this offense. After Johnson — arguably USF's most versatile player — struggled on his initial handoffs, Tice entered and had a 47-yard TD burst up the middle on the second quarter's opening play. On USF's next play from scrimmage, Johnson ran for 26 yards. By halftime, they already had combined for 131 yards.

So you've got one of the sleekest dual-threat quarterbacks in America, and what do you do on first and goal from the 6? Throw once to a tight end (4-yard gain), misfire to a tall receiver in the end zone (incomplete) and attempt two power runs with a tailback (minus-2 yards). One can almost hear the fan base outcry: Let Quinton be Quinton!


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