No. 23 USF ral­lies to beat Tulsa to re­main un­beaten

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Larry Lewis

TULSA, OKLA. >> Coby Weiss made a 22-yard field goal with 2 se­conds left and No. 23 South Florida scored 15 points in the fi­nal 7:10 to beat Tulsa 2524 Fri­day night. Blake Bar­nett set up the win­ning field goal with a

32-yard strike to Tyre Mc­Cants to the 5.

“The thing about him is that he is so strong and he is elu­sive,” USF coach Char­lie Strong said about the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Mc­Cants. When you tackle him you’d bet­ter wrap up be­cause he’s go­ing to break away.”

USF was helped on the win­ning drive by a rough­ing-the-passer penalty on de­fen­sive end Tre­vis Gip­son.

“I haven’t seen the play. And I’ve got to be real care­ful what I say,” Tulsa coach Philip Mont­gomery said.

Mont­gomery ob­vi­ously wasn’t happy about the call.

“All I do know is that is a tough call right there in in that si­t­u­a­tion at that time in the game,” Mont­gomery said.

Bar­nett scored on

1- and 12-yard runs to pull the Bulls (6-0, 2-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) within two with 2:10 to go, but was stopped on a two-point con­ver­sion run.

USF forced Tulsa (1-5,

0-3) into a three-and-out, giv­ing the Bulls the ball back with 1:03 re­main­ing on their own 43 with no time­outs left.

“It was great that we were able to pull this game out when we have a na­tional au­di­ence when a lot of peo­ple were able to see us,” Strong said.

Weiss won the kick­ing job just be­fore the sea­son started.

“I told our guys, we didn’t know who our kicker was, but we know he is now,” Strong said.

Jor­dan Cronkrite, who set a USF and AAC record with 302 yards last week at UMass, rushed for 151 yards on 25 car­ries. But out­side of a 66yard touch­down run early in the third quar­ter that evened it at 10, Cronkrite didn’t do a lot of dam­age.

Shar­mari Brooks ran for

100 yards on 28 car­ries for Tulsa. He had two 10-yard scor­ing runs in the third quar­ter to put the Golden Hur­ri­cane up 24-10.

Bar­nett com­pleted 17 of

39 passes for 237 yards. Tulsa’s Seth Boomer was

6 of 21 for 71 yards.

SUE OGROCKI — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

South Florida place­kicker Coby Weiss (24) boots a field goal as punter Trent Sch­nei­der (39) holds in the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game against Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., Fri­day.

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