South Florida Vs. Louisville: Bulls Implode After Halftime, Fall 34-24 To Cardinals

The Bulls scored just seven points--on a halfback pass--after halftime in falling to Louisville. USF (5-6) must win next week in order to stay bowl-eligible.

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Louisville Vs. South Florida Final Score: Bulls Falter In Second Half, Lose 34-24 To Cardinals

The Louisville Cardinals have taken a 34-24 lead over the South Florida Bulls with excellent offensive execution and strong play from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The freshman quarterback found behemoth tight end Josh Chichester in the back right of the end zone for a score at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter to take a 20-17 lead.

That lead was short-lived, however, as Lindsey Lamar returned the ensuing kickoff to the Louisville 37, giving the Bulls great field position. On the next play, quarterback Bobby Eveld sold a running play, only to pitch to running back Demetris Murray, who lofted a pass over a baffled Cardinals secondary to a wide-open Deonte Welch for a touchdown; only 19 seconds elapsed between Bridgewater's strike to Chicester and Murray's rainbow to Welch.

But Louisville has taken command in the fourth quarter. The Bulls began the period with a three-and-out. On its ensuing drive, Louisville went 57 yards for a touchdown, capped with Bridgewater's second touchdown pass of the afternoon to DeVante Parker, and his career-best third of the day. The teams traded punts for two possessions. USF's Andre Davis lost a fumble at the Bulls' 17 yard line.

Louisville needed just two more plays to add to its lead. Bridgewater scrambled for eight yards. On the next play, the Cardinals made a direct snap to running back Dominique Brown, who ran to his right behind excellent blocking, absorbed a hit near the right sideline at the one-yard line, and then surged forward for the touchdown.

The loss drops South Florida to 5-6, meaning it must win next Sunday's game against the West Virginia Mountaineers to finish at .500 and thus remain bowl-eligible. The Bulls have appeared in a bowl in each of the last six seasons, going 4-2 in those games.

Starting in place of the injured B.J. Daniels, Eveld struggled, completing 20-of-35 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. He threw an inconsequential interception on the final snap of the game, a desperate heave to the endzone with no time remaining.

The Cardinals gained 132 yards rushing, led by Brown's 70-yard performance. He topped USF on his own, as the Bulls' 31 carries netted just 64 yards.

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USF vs. Louisville: Bobby Eveld Leads Bulls To 17-10 Halftime Lead

Backup quarterback Bobby Eveld, getting his first start of the season, has thrown for 144 yards and a touchdown as the South Florida Bulls lead the Louisville Cardinals 17-10 at halftime from Raymond James Stadium.

Skip Holtz kept his starting quarterback a secret until literally the last second — Eveld and B.J. Daniels both huddled with the Bulls’ head coach before their first offensive possession, and then Eveld ran out on the field with the rest of the first team. After a slow start that Louisville took advantage of to gain a 3-0 lead on a Chris Philpott field goal, Eveld got on track. He led USF on a 75-yard drive, finishing it with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Lindsey Lamar on a 4th and 3 to make the score 7-3. The Bulls were planning to punt, but Louisville had to call a timeout before the play, and USF caught the Cardinals napping by rushing the offense back out on the field when play resumed.

Maikon Bonani added a field goal midway through the second quarter, and then the Bulls drove for another score following a Jon LeJiste fumble recovery. USF went 59 yards on 13 plays before Demetris Murray punched it in from one yard out for a 17-3 lead.

But another questionable coaching decision ended up costing the Bulls half of their lead. With 35 seconds left, USF decided to squib kick, even though they had had no trouble containing the Louisville return game. Senorise Perry picked it up and ran for 54 yards to get the Cardinals into field-goal range. Two plays later, Teddy Bridgewater threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Devonte Parker to cut the lead to 17-10.

The Bulls will get the ball to begin the second half.

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USF vs. Louisville: B.J. Daniels Warming Up, Still Game-Time Decision

Adam Adkins of the Tampa Tribune reports that South Florida Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels is on the field and warming up with the other QBs for this morning’s game against the Louisville Cardinals. Daniels left last Saturday’s game against the Miami Hurricanes with a bruise of the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder and was considered day-to-day following the injury.

Daniels is still expected to be a game-time decision, and may just be warming up to see if his shoulder can handle the work. If he’s able to play, it would be a huge boost to USF as they try to win their sixth game of the year and claim bowl eligibility. Otherwise, backup Bobby Eveld will get his second career start, and the Bulls may have to pare down the playbook significantly and play a much different game in order to win.

With kickoff only an hour away, we should know soon who will be under center when the game starts.

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USF Vs. Louisville: Game Day Preview

Up and at 'em, everyone! The South Florida Bulls kick off Friday's football action against the Louisville Cardinals this morning at Raymond James Stadium. The game begins at 11:00am Eastern time, and Bulls fans everywhere can roll out of bed, make themselves a turkey sandwich, and tune into ESPN2.

The Bulls (5-5, 1-4 Big East) still need one more win for bowl eligibility after last week's soul-sucking 6-3 loss to the Miami Hurricanes. It's still unclear if they will have quarterback B.J. Daniels in the lineup. He left last week's game after spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder, and USF's job might be a lot more difficult without him under center. Their running game (and by extension, the entire offense) revolves around his ability to keep the ball, and when Bobby Eveld entered the game against Miami, the Bulls ground to a halt. Daniels is expected to be a game-time decision today.

It will be critically important for the Bulls to sustain the run against a Louisville team that loves to pressure the quarterback, and that also wants to manage the game with their true freshman signal-caller, Teddy Bridgewater. The Cardinals have done a good job helping him succeed -- although he has as many touchdowns as interceptions (nine of each), he's completing almost 66% of his passes and hasn't had games placed on his shoulders. That might change if USF, who leads all of FBS in tackles for loss, is able to lock down the Cardinals' running game, led by Victor Anderson and Dominique Brown.

Even though they would only be 7-5 with a win, Louisville would be 5-2 in conference play and would be in good shape to win a tiebreaker for the Big East title and earn a BCS bid. While it sinks in how truly pathetic that would be for the conference, it should be noted that the Cardinals are 0-4 in Tampa all-time, and their last three losses at Raymond James Stadium have been by an average of 27 points. Will that change today, or will the Bulls set themselves up for a seventh straight bowl appearance?

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South Florida Vs. Louisville: Bulls Look To Become Bowl Eligible Against Cardinal Team Trying To Clinch Share Of Big East Title

With their quarterback B.J. Daniels questionable, the Bulls look to become bowl eligible against a Cardinal team looking to clinch a share of the Big East title.

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