Bradwell runs for 134 yards, TD as Tu­lane routs USF

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY FRED GOODALL

Dar­ius Bradwell scored a touch­down for the sev­enth straight game and led a 364-yard rush­ing at­tack that car­ried Tu­lane to a sur­pris­ing 41-15 rout of South Florida on Satur­day.

The Green Wave (4-5, 3-2 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) won in the state of Florida for the first time since 1977, end­ing a 13-game skid with a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance against an op­po­nent sud­denly reel­ing af­ter spend­ing three weeks ranked in the Top 25.

Bradwell ram­bled 73 yards un­touched to put Tu­lane up 34-3 late in the third quar­ter and fin­ished with 134 yards on 15 car­ries. Corey Dauphine rushed for 120 yards and two touch­downs, and grad­u­ate trans­fer Justin McMil­lan ran for his third TD in two starts as the Green Wave quar­ter­back.

South Florida (7-2, 3-2) has dropped two straight for the first time since 2015. The Bulls tum­bled from the Top 25 fol­low­ing a 57-36 loss at Hous­ton and were thor­oughly out­played Satur­day in falling be­hind 27-3 at half­time.

Tu­lane kept USF’s po­tent of­fense out of the end zone un­til Johnny Ford scored on a 5-yard run in the fi­nal minute of the third quar­ter. Blake Bar­nett’s fourth-quar­ter TD run pulled the Bulls within 34-15.

The Green Wave out- gained the Bulls 255 yards to 126 in the open­ing half, de­spite only hav­ing the ball for seven more of­fen­sive snaps.

McMil­lan, who trans­ferred to Tu­lane from

LSU, only at­tempted 11 passes, com­plet­ing four for 61 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion. He scored on a 33-yard run in the first quar­ter, tak­ing up where he left the pre­vi­ous week in rush­ing for two TDs in 24-17 vic­tory over Tulsa.

Bar­nett, mean­while, was 29 of 49 for 343 yards, one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion for USF, which saw its na­tion-best streak of scor­ing at least 20 points end at 38 games. The grad­u­ate trans­fer from Ari­zona State also led the Bulls with 44 yards rush­ing.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Tu­lane: The Green Wave have won two straight on the road, im­prov­ing to 3-2 in con­fer­ence play for the first time since join­ing the Amer­i­can in 2014. McMil­lan is 2-0 as the start­ing quar­ter­back and has thrown for just 153 yards in the vic­to­ries.

South Florida: The Bulls have ral­lied from dou­bledigit deficits to win three times this sea­son, but trail­ing by 24 proved to be too big an ob­sta­cle. They out­gained Tu­lane 437 yards to 425, but were out­rushed 364 to 94.

UP NEXT

Tu­lane: Home vs. East Carolina, Satur­day

South Florida: At Cincin

nati, Satur­day

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