EAST HARTFORD (CBS) The University of South Florida suffered another disappointing loss in Connecticut this afternoon, falling 16-10 against the UConn Huskies.
USF had a 16-day hiatus to correct the mistakes made in a 44-17 loss against the Pittsburgh Panthers the week before, but instead fell to 4-2 overall and 0-2 in Big East play.
South Florida failed to win against UConn for the third straight year, but today’s result can’t be attributed to the Huskies’ performance by any means. The Bulls defense didn’t allow an offensive touchdown, but the offense had four turnovers including a crucial fumble that was returned for a UConn touchdown.
There were more than enough opportunities for the Bulls to score in the fourth quarter down 16-10, but the offense continued to struggle and key turnovers hurt their ability to make a late turnaround.
Both teams made it out with nine points combined during the first half, and B.J Daniels came out on the opening drive of the second half to march down the field and eventually score on a 22-yard scramble to put the Bulls up 10-6.
The Huskies answered with a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and another field goal to give them a 16-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.
UConn held Daniels in check, and the Bulls were unable to get anything going on offense through four agonizing quarters of poor third down attempts, multiple turnovers and a non existent passing game.
It came down to a final drive by USF with over two minutes remaining, and they found themselves facing a fourth down and could not convert.
Defensively South Florida remained flawless with seven sacks on the day and no offensive touchdowns allowed. But if the offense is not scoring touchdowns, then the hard work put in by the defense goes unnoticed.
Another Big East game approaches as Cincinnati comes to town next week looking to spoil USF’s homecoming game.