Instant Analysis: USF 43 Temple 7

Russ Wood, Senior Writer
Running the Bulls
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South Florida dominated Temple in a 43-7 win Thursday night in Raymond James Stadium bringing their record to 4-0 (1-0). It was the No. 21/17 ranked Bulls ninth consecutive victory, going back to last season, a new program record. The Bulls defense pitched a shutout – Temple’s seven points came on a 44-yard Jacob Martin fumble recovery and return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

RunningTheBulls.com was at the game and here is our Instant Analysis:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Darius Tice took a handoff and ran three-yards for a touchdown with 11:47 to play in the third quarter. Yes, that is a bit early to call a game but that put the Bulls ahead 27-7 and Temple had amassed just 38-yards of offense. Between turnovers and an inept offense, it was inconceivable that the Owls would be able to overcome a 20-point deficit.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Deatrick Nichols had a great first half with two interceptions and forcing a fumble. But Darius Tice was steady throughout the game. Tice finished with 117-yard rushing on 15 carries (7.8-yards per carry), plus two touchdowns – one in each half.

THE STAT DOESN’T LIE: The Bulls held Temple to just 85 of total offense, and just -4 yards rushing on 33 carries. The defense forced six turnovers and allowed Temple to cross the 50-yard line just once – late in the fourth quarter. Even when Temple crossed the 50, they were tackled for a loss back in their own territory and punted.

WHAT A PLAY: On the first play of the second quarter Darius Tice took a handoff from Quinton Flowers on third and three, and ran up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown. Temple had both of their safeties playing up and once Tice broke through the hole the offensive line opened, there wasn’t a Temple defender that was going to catch him.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Bulls were dominant but this was not the 2016 Temple football team, not by a long shot. But when you play poor teams, you should dominate and that’s what the Bulls did. The passing game wasn’t very pretty tonight but they didn’t need it. The Bulls are undefeated but will still have doubters because of the competition they have played thus far.

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