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Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-Houston

 
USF running back Johnny Ford, center, escapes tackles by Houston linebacker Roman Brown, left and defensive lineman Payton Turner during the second half. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
USF running back Johnny Ford, center, escapes tackles by Houston linebacker Roman Brown, left and defensive lineman Payton Turner during the second half. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Published Oct. 28, 2018

Though we expected the Bulls' running game to evolve into an ensemble effort with as many as four tailbacks, the tandem of Jordan Cronkrite and Johnny Ford is sufficing nicely. Over the past two games, the pair has combined for 446 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Though USF totaled 467 total yards, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert is sure to hear it from fans after some questionable decisions deep in the red zone. On second and 1 from the Cougars' 4, Ford sustained a 3-yard loss on a direct snap, and USF settled for a field goal. On the next drive, USF opted for a Cronkrite handoff on third and goal from the 10. It netted 2 yards.

Desperate for a redeeming takeaway? Try this: USF remains in control of its own destiny in the American Athletic Conference's East Division.