No. 23 USF rallies to beat Tulsa, 25-24
TULSA, Okla.— Blake Barnett and Tyre McCants came through with No. 23 South Florida’s undefeated season on the line against struggling Tulsa.
The Bulls overcame a 14-point deficit in the final 7:10, taking the lead on Coby Weiss’ 22-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in a 25-24 victory Friday.
Barnett and McCants set up the field goal, with Tyre McCants taking the ball to the 5 with 8 seconds left on a 32-yard pass play.
“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 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. “All I do know is that is a tough call right there in in that situation at that time in the game.”
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.
Tulsa running back Javon Thomas, right, fights off a tackle by South Florida linebacker Khalid McGee on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.