TAMPA - The Bulls could not get much going on offense on
Maikon Bonani connected on
three field goals as USF fell, 40-9, to Miami before a crowd of 38,869 at Sun
Quarterback Bobby Eveld started in place of injured B.J. Daniels. Eveld went
3-of-8 for 29 yards before suffering a left shoulder injury that caused him to
sit out for the rest of the game.
Matt Floyd came in to replace
Eveld as injuries continue to take a toll on the team. Floyd went 20-of-35 for 175 yards and two interceptions.
"I thought Matt showed courage,
showed toughness, stood in the pocket and threw the ball well," said head coach
Running back Demetris Murray
rushed for 108 yards. The senior is the programs first running back with
three straight 500-yard rushing seasons.
This game marks the fifth
series meeting between the two teams. Miami holds a 4-1 advantage in the
Miami (6-5) scored on its first
possession to take an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Jake Wieclaw
culminated the eight-play, 48-yard drive with a 39-yard field goal.
USF (3-7) had an opportunity to
tie the game at 3. The Bulls drove the ball to the 21-yard line, but the
Canes special teams blocked a Maikon Bonani 39-yard field goal attempt.
Miami took advantage of the
missed opportunity and Wieclaw booted a 22-yard and a 37-yard field goal in the
second quarter to extend Miami's lead to 9-0.
The Canes were able to take a
16-0 lead on a touchdown thrown by Stephen Morris to Kendal Thompkins after
Miami's linebacker Jimmy Gaines intercepted a Floyd pass.
Floyd threw his second
interception of the game in the end zone, but the Bulls defense forced the
Canes to punt. Terrence Mitchell muffed the punt and Miami recovered the
ball at the 43-yard line.
The Canes moved the ball to the
USF 1-yard line before safety JaQuez Jenkins forced a fumble after coming up
with a huge hit on Miami's running back Duke Johnson. The Bulls took over
possession on the 20-yard line after the ball went out-of-bounds through the end zone.
USF used the turnover to mount
a 74-yard scoring drive before the half. Bonani converted a 23-yard field
goal as time expired to cut the deficit to 16-3.
Miami opened the second half with a 76-yard drive capped off by an 8-yard touchdown by Johnson to make the score
22-3. The Canes attempted a 2-point conversion, but were unsuccessful.
On Miami's next possession, Morris threw an
87-yard touchdown pass to Herb Waters and the Canes converted the 2-point
conversion to take a 30-3 lead with 7:31 left in the third quarter.
The Bulls moved the ball down
the field and into field goal range with the help of two penalties on the Canes
defense, but Bonani missed his second field goal of the night, a 49-yarder, in
the third quarter.
Morris connected on a 65-yard
touchdown pass to Clive Walford on the ensuing drive to give the Canes a 37-3
Bonani answered with a 25-yard
field goal with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 37-6.
Miami added another field goal
to make the score, 40-6, the most points allowed by the Bulls defense this
Bonani connected on a 32-yard
field goal on the Bulls final drive of the night to cut Miami's lead to 40-9.
USF will travel to Ohio Friday, Nov. 23 to face the Cincinnati Bearcats. The game will be
televised nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m.