Following a big win against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, the Cougars would head to Reliant Stadium on a short week to face the South Florida Bulls. The Cougars would take an early lead but survived a late scare in their 35-23 win over the Bulls.
John O’Korn continues his strong freshman campaign. O’Korn completed 22 of 27 passes for 263 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. O’Korn’s main target was Deontay Greenberry who had 4 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. Kenneth Farrow would rack up 75 total yards including two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
Late in the game the Bulls were forced to punt down just 5 with six minutes remaining. The Cougars would muff the punt giving the Bulls the ball in Cougars territory at the 27-yard line. Mike White would connect with Andre Davis for what seemed like a near TD to give the Bulls a late lead. However, officials decided that Davis pushed off and would negate the TD with an offensive pass interference call. The next play the Cougars defense would step up by sacking White and forcing a fumble that the Cougars would recover. The Cougars would march down the field to score with under two minutes remaining in the 4th quarter and effectively end the game.
Both coaches had different reactions to the big penalty call. South Florida coach Willie Taggart said, “I saw a catch, a touchdown. I wasn’t over there on that side and it is what it is.” Cougars coach Tony Levine said, “In my mind, I went from no to yes very quickly. It’s a judgment call, and they thought the receiver from South Florida pushed off. It was a critical play in this game.”
The Cougars move to 7-1 (4-0 in AAC) and are the only FBS team to score in every quarter this season. The Cougars will head to Orlando next week to face the UCF Knights on Saturday, November 9th. The game is scheduled for 6:00 PM and will be on ESPN2.
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