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Rutgers Vs. South Florida: Scarlet Knights Pull Away Late, Top Bulls 23-13

Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison leads the Scarlet Knights past the South Florida Bulls, 23-13.

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Rutgers Vs. South Florida: Bulls Played Another Ugly Game

The South Florida Bulls played yet another ugly game in their loss to Rutgers on Thursday night, or at least that's the way Voodoo Five is looking at it. Aside from struggling through penalties and turnovers,

Pretty much every USF game has been ugly these past years. But this one was UGLY. The Bulls looked simply exhausted in every part of the game and simply could not make whatever gameplan they had work for them.

Still, Matt Grothe continued his pursuit of the Big East record in passing yardage. Grothe hit Derrick Hopkins for a 30-yard pass in the fourth, which led to the Bulls' only touchdown of the night. Earlier in the game, Grothe hit Andre Davis and Terrence Mitchell for 44 and 58 yards, respectively. But as Voodoo mentioned, those two plays accounted for 55.4% of the Bulls' total yardage for the first half

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Rutgers Vs. USF Final Score: Scarlet Knights Outlast Bulls Despite Sloppy Play, Grab 23-13 Big East Victory

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ruined the South Florida Bulls' 2012 Big East opener at home, topping the Bulls 16-13 in a hard-fought, oftentimes sloppy Thursday night game from Raymond James Stadium.

A low, line-drive 22-yard kick from Scarlet Knights kicker Kyle Federico proved the difference in the game, and it was running back Jawan Jamison's ankle-breaking spin move to free himself for a touchdown that put the game away.



Scoring was limited through the first half, as both teams struggled with mistakes and penalties throughout the night. South Florida and quarterback B.J. Daniels could not convert strong offensive drives and big plays throughout the night into touchdowns, as Daniels' three interceptions doomed drives. Daniels finished 15-of-33 for 243 yards and three picks.

Bulls kicker Maikon Bonani and Federico accounted for the scoring early, as each hit on two field goals.

Rutgers struggled mightily with penalties in the first half, recording seven in the half alone, but quieted down in the second half, which helped the Scarlet Knights convert on drives, including on the game's first touchdown from quarterback Gary Nova to receiver Mark Harrison in the third quarter.

South Florida finally broke into the endzone in the fourth quarter, finally converting a long pass play in the middle of a drive into a touchdown, as Bulls running back Demetris Murray took the ball at the 1-yard line into the endzone to knot the game at 13.

But Federico's third field goal and Jamison's highlight reel touchdown scamper finished off the Bulls on Thursday. Jamison finished the game with a Rutgers record 41 carries and 138 yards rushing.

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Rutgers Vs. USF Score Update: Scarlet Knights Find Endzone, Lead 13-6

A team finally found the endzone in the third quarter in Thursday night's meeting between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and South Florida Bulls. Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova led Rutgers on a scoring drive midway through the third quarter and connected with receiver Mark Harrison as Rutgers leads USF 13-6 at the end of three quarters in Tampa Bay, Fla.

The two teams had traded field goals through the first two-and-a-half quarters with Bulls kicker Maikon Bonani and Scarlet Knights kicker Kyle Federico each connecting on two impressive kicks. In a noticably sloppy game, Rutgers has committed eight penalties, but had just one in the third quarter.

South Florida, led by quarterback B.J. Daniels (9-of-18 for 167 yards), has been unable to convert on some big pass plays and has yet to reach the endzone in part because of Daniels' three interceptions. Daniels has contributed on the ground, picking up 63 yards on 14 carries.

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Rutgers Vs. USF Score Update: Bulls Leading Sloppy Showdown With Scarlet Knights At Half, 6-3

Two long receptions by South Florida Bulls receivers Andre Davis and Terrence Mitchell highlighted the second quarter for the Bulls, but much of the quarter was lacking for offensive fireworks, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Bulls head into the locker room with USF up 6-3 at halftime.

The action from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay hasn't been the smoothest as both teams have struggled to convert on offensive plays. Rutgers has suffered from seven first-half penalties to go along with a muffed punt and a blocked field goal attempt. But a 52-yard kick from Rutgers true freshman Kyle Federico put the Scarlet Knights on the board before the half ended.

South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani has accounted for all the Bulls' scoring, hitting from 41 and 46 yards out.

Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels has been held mostly in check, and is 6-of-12 for the night for 126 yards and has been picked once. The interception, seen here, was reviewed and stood, although it appeared the ball may have hit the ground before Rutgers' Brandon Jones had control.



Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova has been efficient, but has been unable to lead the Scarlet Knights on a touchdown drive.

Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison has already carried the ball 18 times, good for 69 yards through the first half.

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Rutgers Vs. USF Score Update: Defenses Strong As Bulls Lead 6-0 After First Quarter

In their first Big East conference game of the season, the South Florida Bulls haven't had much in the way of offense through the first quarter, but two field goals from Bulls kicker Maikon Bonani has South Florida ahead of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 6-0.

Both defenses have proven strong, as Rutgers has held South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels in check. Daniels is just 2-of-5 for the night.

South Florida has kept the Scarlet Knights scoreless through the first period largely as a result of some miscues from Rutgers, including a muffed punt and blocked field goal attempt. On the blocked field goal attempt, the Rutgers holder dislocated his pinky.



Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova is 4-of-5 for 51 yards on the night, and Scarlet Knights tailback Jawan Jamison has 28 yards on eight carries. But the Scarlet Knight attack has been slowed by four penalties committed in the first quarter.

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Rutgers Vs. USF 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

Conference play begins for the South Florida Bulls as they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday night. South Florida is coming off a come-from-behind win over the Nevada Wolf Pack, where B.J. Daniels completed two long touchdown passes during the game's final three minutes to win 32-31.

Rutgers won their first two games by getting past Tulane and Howard. The key to the Scarlet Knights success so far this season has been running back Jawan Jamison as he has rushed for 222 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries.

Last year when these two teams squared off it went into overtime with Rutgers defeating South Florida 20-17.

Game date/time: Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.


Streaming: WatchESPN

Odds: South Florida favored by 9.5 points

For more on South Florida visit Voodoo Five and SB Nation Tampa Bay, plus for news on Rutgers visit On the Banks.


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NCAA Odds Week 2: Rutgers Vs. South Florida

The South Florida Bulls kick off conference play this week, as they take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a Big East showdown.

Both teams enter the contest 2-0, but gamblers and oddsmakers alike certainly seem to favor South Florida in this game. The opening line on the game had the Bulls favored by 9½ points over the Scarlet Knights, with 5Dimes having South Florida as an 8½ point favorite, while Sportsbook and Topbet favor South Florida by an even nine.

The over/under for the game has not been set.

South Florida is coming off a one-point win over Nevada, Rutgers handled Howard, 26-0.

Rutgers this year is 0-2 against the spread, while South Florida is 0-1-1.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

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