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USF Bulls coach Skip Holtz upset with receivers in loss to Miami Hurricanes

Published Nov. 19, 2012

TAMPA — There weren't many things for coach Skip Holtz to be pleased with in USF's 40-9 loss to Miami on Saturday, but he was particularly unhappy with his wide receivers, who did not make life easier for No. 3 quarterback Matt Floyd.

"Honestly, I don't think he got a whole lot of help from the receivers," Holtz said. "I don't know what his numbers ended up being, whatever they were, but he got exactly what was thrown for. It's not like we broke a lot of tackles, got extra yards or made any circus catches."

USF's quarterbacks completed 23 passes Saturday, but 13 weren't to receivers. Running back Demetris Murray led the team with six receptions for 25 yards, while tight end Jeff Hawkins had the Bulls' longest catch, 32 yards.

USF's top receiver, Andre Davis, finished with a single catch for 4 yards in the fourth quarter; sophomore Terrence Mitchell had five catches for 46 yards, and though senior Victor Marc had three grabs for 57 yards, nine passes intended for him were incomplete.

On the opening play, Holtz started walk-on Jordan Duval, who has yet to catch a pass at USF, ahead of established players such as Davis and Mitchell.

USF's receivers were a contrast to Miami's injury-depleted unit. The Hurricanes averaged 12.5 yards per pass attempt, while USF finished with 4.7.

USF, which plays at Cincinnati on Friday, practiced Sunday night. Coaches and players were not available for interviews.

Miami: The Hurricanes became bowl eligible by beating USF, but the university remains silent about self-imposing a second straight postseason ban in response to an NCAA investigation into compliance practices.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.