No. 23 USF ral­lies to beat Tulsa to re­main un­beaten

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS - BY LARRY LEWIS

TULSA, Okla. — Coby Weiss made a 22-yard field goal with 2 sec­onds left and No. 23 South Flor­ida scored 17 points in the fi­nal 7:10 to beat Tulsa, 25-24, on Fri­day night.

Blake Bar­nett set up the win­ning field goal with a 32-yard strike to Tyre Mc­cantstothe5.

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.

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 66-yard touch­down run early in the third quar­ter that evened it at 10, Cronkrite didn’t do a lot of dam­age.

Bar­nett com­pleted 17 of 39 passes for 237 yards.

Tulsa’s Seth Boomer was 6 of 21 for 71 yards.

Tulsa al­most won the game due to not turn­ing the ball over, com­bined with a strong de­fense. Com­ing into the game, Tulsa ranked last in FBS in turnovers and turnovers per game, and sixth-to-last in turnover mar­gin.

South Flor­ida would have al­most cer­tainly dropped out of the Top 25 af­ter los­ing to a Tulsa team that had not won a FBS game all sea­son.

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