B.J Daniels gave the Bulls a late fourth quarter lead when he found Andre Davis in the endzone for a 10-yard score with 1:27 left in the game.
Zach Collaros lead the Cincinnati offense down the field on the following drive and scored on a 2-yard touchdown to seal the victory with 12 seconds remaining.
Both teams were nearly identical statistically, with 507 total yards for Cincinnati compared to the 495 total yards racked up by South Florida. Daniels ended his day with 409 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Collaros threw for 389 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran for two more touchdowns on the day to help the Bearcats overcome a 27-14 fourth quarter deficit.
Overall the offense showed up after a poor outing against UConn, but defensively the Bulls lacked in the secondary. Collaros found too many gaps and exposed a secondary that hasn’t been tested in recent weeks.
Skip Holtz made a controversial decision approaching half time when he decided to play it safe and run the clock down to kick a field goal and get the easy three instead of calling a timeout to make another attempt for seven.
Whoever you want to blame it on, just know that USF is 0-3 in Big East play and settling for another mediocre bowl appearance this season.