Turnovers Lead South Florida Bulls past Temple

A suffocating defense rendered the Temple Owls useless as the South Florida Bulls overcame another slow first quarter start en route to a lopsided 43-7 win to open their conference schedule.

Temple’s offense was completely shut down a fast and opportunistic Bulls defense. Temple gave up 6 turnovers and 5 sacks while only giving up 85 yards of total offense, which includes -4 in net rushing. The defense got to shine as both Augie Sanchez and Mike Love each had 1.5 sacks and Deatri Nichols had 2 interceptions. Sanchez lived in the backfield, also getting 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. South Florida’s do it all quarterback Quinton Flowers largely struggled, going 8/20 for 96 yards, including a couple of fumbled snaps and another fumble that was recovered and returned for Temple’s only points of the game.

The Bulls offense relied on good field position due to the 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles taken by the defense and another strong showing for both running backs Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson. Tice ran 15 times for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns while Johnson had 24 carries for 106 yards, each running mostly through the left side of the offensive live. No receiver had more than 2 catches or 30 yards during the game.

The Bulls once again struggled in the opening quarter, managing only 27 yards and 3 points while continuing to accumulate offensive penalties. The first play in the second quarter, Tice had a 47-yard touchdown run to start the blowout. The Bulls punted on their first drive of the second half but managed to put points on the board on 5 of their next 6 drives.

Despite playing in a less than half full stadium on prime time ESPN coverage, the Bulls improve to 4-0 for the second time in school history and are on a school-best 9 game winning streak.

Next Saturday, September 30th, South Florida travels to East Carolina at noon on CBS Sports Network while Temple hosts Houston at noon on ESPNU.

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