No. 23 USF ral­lies to beat Tulsa, 25-24

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS - By Larry Lewis

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.

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Tulsa run­ning back Javon Thomas, right, fights off a tackle by South Florida line­backer Khalid McGee on Fri­day in Tulsa, Okla.

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