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USF's defense has 4th quarter troubles

The South Florida Bulls host the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday, searching for their first Big East conference win of the season. If the game comes down to the fourth quarter, USF will have to shed some demons to earn a win.

Joe Robbins

The South Florida Bulls host the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday, with both teams looking for their first Big East conference win of the season. If the game comes down to fourth quarter play, USF will need to shake off some demons to earn the win. Via The Tampa Bay Times:

Why are the Bulls so awful in the final minutes of the fourth quarter?

For two seasons, it has been like this, a strange, weekly case of deja boo. Every week, it seems, the Bulls are a plucky little team for 58 minutes or so, and every week, they melt away at the sound of the two-minute warning. It is like watching a demolition derby; after a while, the only thing you remember is the twisted wreckage at the end.

Last weekend, South Florida blew a 23-3 halftime lead in losing to Syracuse, 37-36, on an Orange one-yard touchdown pass with just three seconds on the clock. The Bulls have lost six games in a row entering Saturday's contest with the Huskies. South Florida is the only team in the BCS sub-division this season to not record an interception.

Saturday's game will be just the 10th meeting all-time between USF and UConn. The Huskies won last year's matchup, 16-10, and also captured a victory the last time these teams faced off at Raymond James Stadium, 19-16 in 2010.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m ET on Saturday.

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