J. Meric

Defense Steps Up in 21-6 Loss at Michigan State

September 07, 2013
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USF Senior Writer

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The USF defense kept the Michigan State offense out of the end zone for three quarters, but the Bulls’ offense couldn’t get it going in a 21-6 loss Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 70,401 at Spartan Stadium.

Defensive end Shilique Calhoun brought the Michigan State defense’s season touchdown total up to four with two scores before Jeremy Langford’s 2-yard TD run spotted the Spartans, who used three quarterbacks, a 21-6 lead with 10:12 to go in the fourth quarter.

Junior Marvin Kloss (Naples/Barron Collier HS) did all the scoring for USF and his second field goal from 21 yards out cut the Bulls’ deficit to 7-6 with 3 seconds left in the first half. Senior Marcus Shaw (Arcadia/Arcadia HS) gave the Bulls good production at running back for the second consecutive game with a career-high 23 carries for 94 yards.

Linebacker DeDe Lattimore set a new career high with 15 tackles while the USF defense limited the Spartans to 265 yards of total offense in the programs’ first meeting that was delayed 1 hour, 7 minutes because of weather. Lattimore’s 15 tackles are the most by a Bull since Kion Wilson notched 18 at Rutgers on Nov. 12, 2009.

"He's the leader on this football team and we challenged him to go out and be that leader, not just physically but a vocal leader, too, and he did a great job this week in both phases" head coach Willie Taggart said. 

Taggart questioned USF’s effort level following a 53-21 loss to McNeese State in last week’s season opener and the Bulls responded in a big way on its first road stop. Kloss’ 21-yard field goal cut the Spartans’ lead to 7-6 with 3 seconds left in the first half that saw USF’s defensive and special teams units step up.

Michigan State’s defense found the end zone with 9:30 to go in the second quarter thanks to a 4-yard scoop and score by Calhoun following a sack in the red zone. The Spartans were forced to punt four times in the half while Kevin Muma missed a 25-yard field goal attempt with 9:37 to go before the break. It marked the first time the USF defense has kept an opposing offense out of the end zone in the first half of a game since the Bulls blanked Rutgers on Nov. 5, 2011.

"The (defense) played with fanatical effort, and that's what we ask of those guys," Taggart said. "... They did that. They played with a little swagger and great effort."

The Bulls got a big sack of their own in the first quarter as Julius Forte (St. Petersburg/Boca Ciega HS) forced his first-career fumble while getting to quarterback Connor Cook and Todd Chandler (Miami/Miami Northwestern HS) came up with his first-career recovery with 3:31 remaining in the period.

Kloss got the Bulls on the scoreboard with his first-career field goal, a 49-yarder, with 2:06 to go before halftime and the junior was back at it 2 minutes later thanks to a huge play on special teams. Junior linebacker Hans Louis (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna College Prep) forced and recovered a fumble at the Michigan State 22 with 29 seconds left following Mattias Ciabatti’s sixth punt. Kloss got the Bulls closer five plays later with the 21-yarder.

Michigan State, with its third quarterback of the day, came up short on a fourth-down conversion attempt deep in USF territory to start the second half, but again, the Spartans found a way to produce a score on defense following the turnover. Calhoun, a 250-pound defensive end, found the end zone again when he picked off a Bobby Eveld pass and went 56 yards to help put Michigan State ahead, 14-6, with 6:51 to play in the third quarter.

Eveld was hit as he attempted to pass and the ruling on the field stood after a review.

"We were moving the ball with a chance to change the momentum and change the game and really give ourselves confidence," Taggart said. "We didn't take advantage of the opportunity and we just have to as a football team. That just changed the whole game."

The Spartans were up, 21-6, after Langford’s 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and the deficit proved too much for USF to overcome on a day its offense managed 154 total yards. Ciabatti (Tampa) averaged 40.1 yards on nine punts.

Eveld, who has now started in each of his four years of his eligibility at USF, went 2-for-16 for 27 yards before sophomore transfer sophomore Steven Bench (Bainbridge, Ga./Penn State) took over for one drive in the third quarter in his Bulls debut. Eveld returned and finished 6-for-25 for 66 yards.

"Six of 25 wasn't just Bobby," Taggart said. "The pressure on the quarterback had a lot to do with it. Bobby can't throw the ball when he's on his back and he can't complete passes when you drop the ball. I think it's a combined effort. Bobby is going to play well if his teammates play well."

The Spartans will make the trip to Tampa in 2018 to complete the home-and-home series with the Bulls. USF is back at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14 to host FAU with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The Bulls are 3-0 in their all-time series with FAU and defeated the Owls, 31-3, at Raymond James Stadium in 2010.

Team Notes

-The Bulls kept Michigan State to just 94 total passing yards, the fewest by a USF opponent since Western Kentucky only put up 84 yards on Sept. 12, 2009.

-Michigan State’s 265 yards of total offense are the fewest by a USF opponent since the Bulls held UT-Chattanooga to 151 yards in the season-opener in 2012 (Sept. 1)

-The Bulls held their second-straight team without a touchdown in the first quarter … first time since games against Miami (11/17/12) and UCONN (11/3/12) to keep two–straight opponents without a TD in the first quarter.

-The Bulls held Michigan State without an offensive TD in the first half … first time since Nov. 5, 2011 at Rutgers that USF has held an opponent without an offense score in the first half

Individual Notes

LB DeDe Lattimore

-Recorded a career and team-high 15 tackles, four shy of the USF single-game record of 19 and most since Kion Wilson had 18 at Rutgers (Nov. 12, 2009)

-Reached double-digit tackles for the eighth time in his career and first since 10 against UT-Chattanooga (Sept. 1, 2012)

-Moved into eighth place all time at USF in career tackles with 263

RB Marcus Shaw

-Posted a career-high 23 rushing attempts for 94 total yards

-The last time USF had a rusher with 20+ attempts was B.J. Daniels with 21 against Syracuse (Nov. 11, 2011)

DE Julius Forte

-Recorded his first career forced fumble

-Posted his first sack of the season and 5.5 of his career

DT Todd Chandler

-Recorded his first career fumble recovery

LB Hans Louis

-Recorded his first career fumble recovery

QB Bobby Eveld

-Made his fourth career start against the Spartans, has started a game in each of the last four seasons

DE Julius Forte

-Recorded his first career forced fumble

-Posted his first sack of the season and 5.5 of his career

DT Todd Chandler

-Recorded his first career fumble recovery

WR Andre Davis

-Has recorded a 10+yard reception in 18 of his career 25 games, including a 25-yard reception at Michigan State

K Marvin Kloss

-Connected on his first career field goal … knocked one in from 49-yards out, which ties for the sixth-longest FG in program history

Attendance: 70,407

Coin Toss: Michigan State won the toss, elected to defer. Bulls started the game on offense.

Game Captains: #34 DeDe Lattimore, #11 Matt Floyd, #27 Marvin Kloss






Michigan St. Stat USF
16 1st Downs 12
62 Total Plays 61
265 Total Yards 155
94 Passing Yards 66
171 Rushing Yards 89
9-94 Penalties 8-55
30:39 Possesion 28:31
2 Turnovers 2

USF Comp./Att. Yards TD/Int Long
Eveld, Bobby 6/25 66 0/1 25
Michigan St. Comp./Att. Yards TD/Int Long
Maxwell, Andrew 4/9 40 0/0 18

USF Carries Yards TD Long
Shaw, Marcus 23 94 0 24
Michigan St. Carries Yards TD Long
Hill, Nick 9 63 0 23

USF Catches Yards TD Long
Davis, Andre 2 41 0 25
Michigan St. Catches Yards TD Long
Langford, Jeremy 5 21 0 9

USF Tackles Sacks TFL Misc.
Lattimore, DeDe 15 0 1 1 PBU
Michigan St. Tackles Sacks TFL Misc.
Drummond, Kurtis 9 0 0 1 PBU
























































































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