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USF Bulls Undefeated Run Ends in Houston Saturday

(Houston, TX) Freshman Johnny Ford registered his second straight 100-yard rushing game as USF’s undefeated run came to an end with a 57-36 loss at Houston on Saturday.

USF (7-1, 3-1 in AAC) entered the weekend as one of five remaining unbeaten FBS teams and fell for the first time since Nov. 24, 2017.

Ford rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to help the Bulls run for at least 200 yards for the sixth time this season. Ford found the end zone twice during USF’s 21-point second quarter that started with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jordan Cronkrite. Seeking his sixth straight 100-yard game, Cronkrite finished with 73 rushing yards and needs 67 more yards to post USF’s ninth 1,000-yard season.

Quarterback Blake Barnett completed 26 of 39 passes for 263 yards. Barnett’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Deangelo Antoine made it a one-score game late in the third quarter, but the Bulls couldn’t put together their fourth double-digit fourth quarter comeback of the season.

Two of the nation’s top offenses took turns making plays during Saturday’s first half that saw Houston (7-1, 4-0 in AAC) take a 28-21 lead and USF rush for 176 yards. The Bulls scored 21 points in the second quarter with two touchdown runs by Ford in the period.

Scoring on its first two possessions, Houston jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes before USF tied things up with two touchdowns 13 seconds apart in the second quarter.

The Bulls cut their deficit in half with a 15-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Cronkrite’s 1-yard run with 10:33 left in the half. Just two plays later, Ford sprinted to the end zone on a 32-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 14-14. The score was set-up by redshirt freshman safety Mekhi LaPointe’s first-career interception.

USF tied things back up at 21-21 after Antoine’s backside block helped Ford zoom around the Houston defense on a 17-yard touchdown run with 3:50 remaining in the half. Ford was well on his way to his second straight 100-yard rushing game with 85 yards on 10 carries in the first two quarters.

Key plays on defense and special teams helped the Bulls pull within two points of Houston in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

After Trent Schneider’s 62-yard punt to the Houston 1, defensive pressure in the end zone led to a safety on an intentional grounding call. Bentlee Sanders’ 41-yard return on the ensuing punt helped set up a 23-yard field goal by Coby Weiss with 10:47 to go in the third quarter.

Trailing 43-29, USF got back within a score of Houston on Barnett’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Antoine with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

USF couldn’t manage to mount its fourth double-digit, fourth quarter comeback of the season despite finishing with at least 30 points for the 32nd time in the past 36 games dating back to 2015.

Greg Reaves led USF defensively with a career-high 12 tackles in his second straight start at middle linebacker. Senior linebacker Khalid McGee (Miami) finished with 10 tackles in his third double-digit effort of the season.

USF was looking to extend the program’s best-ever start to a season. The Bulls started the past two seasons at 7-0 and entered Saturday’s game as one of only five remaining FBS teams.

USF is now 35-7 (83.3 %) over its past 42 games. USF entered Saturday tied with Oklahoma (35-6) and Ohio State and bettered only by Alabama and Clemson for the best record in a team’s past 41 games.

USF has scored at least 20 points in 38 straight games, the longest streak in the nation. USF has scored at least 30 points 32 of its past 36 games dating back to the 2015 season.

USF returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3 to host Tulane. The Bulls’ Salute to Service game is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.





USF Bulls vs. Houston Cougars Post Game Report 10/27/18

Doug Miles recaps the USF Bulls vs. Houston Cougars American Athletic Conference game in Houston, TX 10/27/18.





Undefeated Bulls Travel to Houston to Play Cougars Saturday Afternoon in Nationally Televised Game

(Tampa, FL) USF (7-0, 3-0) faces its most important game of the season so far as the Bulls travel to Houston Saturday afternoon to play the Cougars (6-1, 3-0) in a game to be televised nationally on ABC-TV (3:30 PM EDT).

One of five remaining unbeaten teams in FBS football, two unbeaten and ranked in the AAC East Division, USF entered last season’s Oct. 28 game vs. Houston at 7-0 and ranked No. 17/14 before suffering a 28-24 setback in Tampa when D’Eriq King ran in for a 20-yard TD with 11 seconds to play. The teams’ combined record of 13-1 is the best among all college football matchups this week. The Bulls have lost their last three games vs. Houston and will be looking for their first win over the Cougars since a 32-14 victory in Houston in 2002. USF fell, 35-23, in its last trip to Houston in 2013. This will be the Bulls’ first ever game in TDECU Stadium.

In addition to the television broadcast, the game can be heard on the USF Radio Network on 820 AM/96.7 FM and online over the iHeart Radio Bulls Unlimited Channel.





Donnel Pumphrey becomes NCAA All-Time Leading Rusher in San Diego States 34-10 Victory over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl

(Las Vegas, NV) Donnel Pumphrey, Jr. became college football’s all-time leading rusher leading his San Diego Aztecs to a 34-10 victory over the Houston Cougars in the 25th Las Vegas Bowl Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium. Pumphrey rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries with the record breaker coming in the 4th quarter on a 15-yard jaunt that broke Ron Dayne’s record set between 1996-1999.

The Houston Cougars (9-4) defense effectively stifled Pumphrey in the first quarter holding the senior running back to -1 yard rushing. A 30-yard run early in the second quarter opened the floodgates and he and never looked back.

The Cougars took the early lead on a Ty Cummings 31-yard field goal with 6:38 left in the first quarter and scored again on their next possession when quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. ran it in from 2 yards out. That would be the extent of Ward’s success on a chilly day in the desert as he was intercepted 4 times and sacked 7 times by a ferocious Aztec defense.

A pair of John Baron field goals pulled the Aztecs to within 10-6 at the half.

Five minutes into the 3rd quarter, Calvin Munson picked off Greg Ward’s pass setting up Donnel Pumphries’ 32 yard touchdown run, giving San Diego State a lead they would not relinquish.
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On the next series, Ward was intercepted again as Ron Smith returned it 54 yards for a touchdown.

Pumphrey broke the record early in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard burst to the outside and down the sideline before going out of bounds. His teammates knew that was the run that did it and swarmed around him to celebrate.

San Diego State spoiled Major Applewhite’s debut as head coach of the Houston Cougars. Applewhite was recently promoted from his offensive coordinator position.

Donnel Pumphrey was voted the game’s MVP by the media covering the game.

Bowl Shots

Major Applewhite made his debut as the Cougars Head Coach in today’s game. He had been Houston’s offensive coordinator.

Today’s game was broadcast on ABC-TV with Brent Musburger calling the play-by-play for the seventh time. Jesse Palmer did the color commentary and Kaylee Hartung handled the sideline reporting.

Alabama Crimson broadcaster Eli Gold called the game for USA for Sports USA Radio Network with former college football coach Gary Barnett doing the color commentary.

Brent Musburger was inducted into the Las Vegas Bowl Hall of Fame at Friday’s kickoff luncheon at the Hard Rock Hotel. He will also be calling the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2nd where Auburn will play Oklahoma.

The Houston Cougars are the first team from Texas to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. San Diego State is playing in its second Las Vegas Bowl and first since 1998.

Houston played one regular season game in Sam Boyd Stadium in 1989 handing UNLV a 69-0 loss led by eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Andre Ware.

Now in its 25th year, the Las Vegas Bowl is the 16th oldest bowl game out of the current 40 being played. It was formerly the “California Raisin Bowl” played in Fresno, CA.

Uniform Shuffle: San Diego State, the home team in today’s game, wore black jerseys and black pants with red helmets. Houston, the visiting team, wore red jerseys, red pants and white helmets.

Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey, Jr., a Las Vegas native who played high school football at Canyon Springs just 18 miles from Sam Boyd Stadium, broke Ron Dayne’s all-time collegiate rushing record of 6,397 yards set between 1996-99 with a 15 yard run in the 4th quarter. He needed 108 yards today to set a new mark.

Todays announced attendance: 29,286.




New Houston Cougars Head Coach Major Applewhite’s comments at the Las Vegas Bowl Press Conference 12/16/16

Newly hired Head Coach for the Houston Cougars Major Applewhite talks about his preparations for the Las Vegas Bowl game against San Diego State and taking over the reigns at Houston (12/16/16)




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Houston Cougars and San Diego State Aztecs Face Off in Las Vegas Bowl Saturday in the Desert

(Las Vegas, NV) One of the better matchups in the 2016 edition of the college bowl season takes place in Las Vegas Saturday as the Houston Cougars (9-3) face the San Diego State Aztecs (10-2) at Sam Boyd Stadium in the 25th edition of the Las Vegas Bowl. Major Applewhite will get his first opportunity to coach the team after being named the head coach after Tom Herman left to take the head-coaching job at Texas. Meanwhile, Rocky Long led his Aztecs to the Mountain West Conference title for the third time in his six years at San Diego State.

The game features two powerhouse offenses and two offensive stars to keep an eye on. For Houston, Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. averaged over 300 yards passing per game leading the Cougars to the fourth best offense in the nation with nearly 350 yards per game. Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 2018 yards this season, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Currently second, he has a chance to break the all-time NCAA FBS rushing record of 6290 yards in his final college game.
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The game will be broadcast on ABC-TV at 3:30 PM ET with Brent Musburger calling the play-by-play for the seventh time in his career. Jesse Palmer will handle the color and Kaylee Hartung will be the sideline reporter.

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