Bulls clinging to 3 point halftime lead on Stony Brook

Writer –  Derek Robbie
Tampa, FL – The 19th ranked USF Bulls face the Stony Brook Seawolves for the first time since a 59-14 victory for the Bulls to open the 2010 season. This game is Head Coach Charlie Strong’s first home game in charge of the Bulls.

The Seawolves’ first drive ended in a three and out without gaining any positive yards. The ensuing punt resulted in a 27-yard return by the Bulls’ Tajee Fullwood. On 4th down of the following drive, Quinton Flowers rolled out to his right, then ran to the endzone for a 27-yard TD Score. Though the touchdown was reversed due to Flowers being down. This caused Stony Brook to take over on downs.

The following drive for Stony Brook resulted in a few positive plays, but they eventually had to punt the ball. Stony Brook’s punt pinned USF inside their own 10-yard line. USF could not find their way out of their 10. They went nowhere on the first 3 downs, and had their punt blocked for a Stony Brook touchdown on 4th down. The following extra point was good for Stony Brook to take 7-0 lead.

After getting the ball back, USF started their drive on their own 27. They ran the ball with Deangelo Williams for a 15-yard gain. The next big play on the drive was when the Bulls’ star quarterback Quinton Flowers for a 14-yard gain. On 3rd and goal from the one-yard line, USF’s Darius Tice ran the ball in for a touchdown to tie the game at 7. The drive consisted of nine plays, 73-yards, and lasting just over 2 minutes.

Both teams went 3 and out on their last drives of the first quarter. On USF’s last punt of the quarter, Trevon Sand leveled Stony Brook punt returner, Donavin Washington, as soon as he caught the ball.

The 2nd quarter started with a Seawolves’ drive that went 3 and out. The Bulls’ next drive resulted in a few positive plays, but they eventually had to punt the ball back to Stony Brook. The Seawolves’ started to piece together a nice drive. Picking up a first down on 3rd and 7 with a short pass to Pat Irwin. They had to punt the ball though they did pin USF inside their own 5-yard line.

Stony Brook pieced together a nice long drive consisting of 11 plays, 39-yards, lasting just under 5 minutes. The drive ended in a 36-yard field goal by kicker Alex Lucansky to take a 10-7 lead with three and a half minutes left in the half.

The following Bulls’ drive had them gaining a couple first downs, but they eventually had to punt the ball back to Stony Brook. The punt went in the endzone for a touchback. Stony Brook then ran out the clock for the rest of the half.

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