Instant Analysis: USF 31 Stony Brook 17


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The South Florida Bulls got off to another slow start on offense and had more difficulties on special teams but they put together a solid second half performance to get a 31-17 win in front of rain soaked fans in Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

RunningTheBulls was there and here is our instant analysis:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Darius Tice scampered 14-yards for a touchdown with 1:40 to play in the game. That score put the Bulls up 31-17. The Bulls possession started on the Stony Brook 25-yayrd line following a Mazzi Wilkins interception of Stony Brook quarter back Joe Carbone with 2:38 to play in the game. The Seawolves had taken possession on their own 2-yard line following a punt and were attempting to go 98 yards in three minutes to tie the game.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: It wasn’t Quentin Flowers most accurate day but he did throw for 182 yards and ran for another 68. On several occasions, his receivers made great adjustments to catch off target passes from Flowers including Marquez Valdes-Scantling when caught a pass that was behind him for a touchdown in the third quarter.

THE STAT DOESN’T LIE: The Bulls offense had more first downs than Stony Brook -- 21 to 14 -- but lost the time of possession battle 32:21 to 27:39. Now if you're losing the time of possession battle because you are scoring on several dynamic plays that is all good, but the Bulls were picking up first downs and then being forced to punt.

WHAT A PLAY: With 1:05 left in the third quarter, Tajae Fullwood received a punt at the Bulls 38 and didn’t stop running until he was tackled at the Stony Brook 16 yard. Fullwood started up the middle of the field, then took it left and down the Stony Brook sideline for a 48 yard return.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Two games into the season and the offense still does not look crisp and the the punt team allowed another blocked punt. The Bulls need to get these things addressed quickly. The defense was really good today. More than half of the Seawolves rushing yards came on one 54-yard run and they intercepted Carbone twice. At some point the defense will have a below average day and unless the offense gets things going, that game will be a loss.