Skip Holtz explains why USF didn't go for 2

Joe Robbins

USF's coach broke down the decision not to originally go for a two-point conversion against Louisville on Saturday.

USF head coach Skip Holtz explained why he didn't go for a two-point conversion originally in Saturday's game against No. 16 Louisville, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"I'm not a go-for-two-early guy. Some people think 'Well, what's the chart say in the second quarter.' There's a lot of scoring left to go. There's eight minutes to go, and the thought is OK, if we don't make it, and we're at 16 points, and they go down and kick a field goal, now you're down eight and you have to go for two just to tie it. Eight minutes is about that gray zone -- third quarter, I'm kicking the (extra point), a lot of points left to go; two minutes to go, I'm going for two. It's that eight-minute mark. What do you do?"

The Bulls were originally going to go for the extra point, but an offsides penalty pushed USF closer to the goal line. Holtz decided to go for two and converted it when Demetris Murray rushed into the endzone.

The two-point conversion cut Lousiville's lead to 21-18. The Bulls lost the game, 27-25.

USF has lost five games in a row. The Bulls started the season with two wins against Chattanooga and Nevada, but haven't been able to get on track since.

Despite their losing streak, the Bulls haven't been blown out in any contest. Two of their loses in the streak have come by four or less points. The most points USF has lost by was 13 against Ball State on Sept. 22.

The Bulls will try to snap their losing streak against Syracuse at home on Saturday.

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