USF Bulls: A Look Back at the Ugly Opening Start

Well the USF Bulls had a very rough start their 2019 season. Under an overcast and rainy Friday evening, the Wisconsin Badgers knock them out. Most Bulls fans knew we had an outside chance of winning but to be blown out was not what we excepted. The Badgers did everything we all thought they were going to do and used their great rushing attack. The Bulls did a decent job at times, but it showed as the game went on. Now they go back to the drawing board and hope they can rebound from this loss. Many of the players and coaches talked after the game saying that this will be a learning experience. Here is my good, bad and ugly from USF vs Wisconsin.

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The Good: Jonathan Taylor

Taylor came into the game as a Heisman Trophy favorite. He showed why that is. Taylor had 16 carries for 135 yards. He also had 4 total touchdowns two rushings and 2 receiving. Taylor averaged eight and a half yards a carry. He had a long of 38 yards where he does what he does use his power and strength. The entire Wisconsin Badgers run game had 234 yards which were more than the Bulls put up for the game. The Bulls only had 157 yards of offense for the whole game. This was not how the Bulls wanted to start in front of a large crowd. That left before the start of the third quarter. If Taylor stays on this path look for him to be a huge favorite to win the Heisman.

The Bad: USF Offense

Kerwin Bell the offensive coordinator had a new spread style offense. The offense was flat all night. In the initial stages of the game, wide receivers had dropped balls that would have resulted in huge plays. Those plays would have extended drives and kept the Badgers offense off the field. Blake Barnett threw three interceptions two were tipped. The Bulls only had 157 yards total for the game and only three 3rd down conversions. They only crossed the 50-yard line once and that drive ended with a missed field goal. Most drives Bell was frustrated and yelled at many of the offensive players. Now they will have to improve as they head Atlanta, Georgia to play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Ugly: Bulls as a Team

The only bright spot for the USF Bulls was on defense. Now I know they gave up 234 rushing yards to Taylor and company. They made stops and set the deplorable offense up to score points. The Bulls looked like they were not ready. Head coach Charlie Strong said that we have a long way to grow. The Bulls will have to make some major improvements as they head to Georgia to play the Yellow Jackets. I have a good feeling the USF Bulls will have a better game next week.

 

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