Bar­nett pro­duces 4 TDs, helps USF beat Ge­or­gia Tech 49-38

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer USF 49, GA TECH 38

Blake Bar­nett threw for a pair of touch­downs and ran for two more to help South Florida come from be­hind to beat Ge­or­gia Tech 49-38 on Satur­day.

The Bulls (2-0) ral­lied from a 10-point, fourth-quar­ter deficit, draw­ing within 38-35 on Bar­nett’s 3-yard TD pass to Ter­rence Horne and tak­ing the lead for good on Bar­nett’s 19-yard run with just over five min­utes to go.

The grad­u­ate trans­fer who started Alabama’s sea­son opener be­fore leav­ing the Crim­son Tide in Septem­ber 2016 put the game out of reach three min­utes later with a 5-yard TD run setup by line­backer Tico Sawtelle’s in­ter­cep­tion.

Horne also scored on firstquar­ter kick­off re­turns of 98 and 97 yards for USF, which con­tin­ued an im­pres­sive stretch of suc­cess against Power 5 con­fer­ence teams.

TaQuon Mar­shall and To­bias Oliver keyed a 419yard rush­ing at­tack for Ge­or­gia Tech (1-1), which was driv­ing with a chance to re­store a 10-point lead be­fore Qua Searcy fum­bled in­side the USF 15 and Sawtelle re­cov­ered the loose ball at the 12.

Bar­nett took over from there, lead­ing an 88-yard drive that ended with the 10th lead change of the game.

The USF quar­ter­back fin­ished 21 of 31 pass­ing for 202 yards with one in­ter­cep­tion. He also had a team-high 91 rush­ing on 16 at­tempts.

Mar­shall threw for 183 yards and one TD for Ge­or­gia Tech. He also scored on a 45-yard run while shar­ing play­ing time with backup Oli- ver, who fin­ished three long sec­ond-half drives with scor­ing runs of 5, 1 and 1 yard.

The Yel­low Jack­ets had three play­ers with at least 95 yards rush­ing, with Mar­shall go­ing for 113 on 13 car­ries and Oliver gain­ing 97 on 18 at­tempts.

USF has won six of its last seven games against Power 5 op­po­nents, in­clud­ing bowl vic­to­ries over South Carolina and Texas Tech. The lone loss over that stretch was 20-point home loss to Florida State in 2016.


Ge­or­gia Tech: Like USF, the Yel­low Jack­ets didn’t have a real good idea of where they stood af­ter be­ing barely tested in a 41-0 sea­son-open­ing rout of Al­corn State. USF has one of the na­tion’s most bal­anced of­fenses. The Bulls amassed 426 yards to­tal of­fense Satur­day, in­clud­ing 224 on the ground.

South Florida: Af­ter fin­ish­ing the past two sea­sons ranked in the Top 25, the Bulls were hop­ing to show that their 23-4 record since the start of 2016 isn’t a fluke and they’re be­ing built for long-term suc­cess.


There were five lead changes in the first quar­ter alone, with two of them com­ing on Horne’s kick­off re­turns. Bar­nett’s 18-yard TD pass to Dar­nell Salomon put USF up 21-17 at the half, de­spite Ge­or­gia Tech out­gain­ing the Bulls 265 yards to 169 up to that point.


Ge­or­gia Tech: Travel to Pitts­burgh for At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence opener next Satur­day.

South Florida: Neu­tral site matchup Satur­day against Illi­nois in Chicago.

/ AP-Ja­son Behnken

Jack­ets de­fen­sive back Tariq Car­pen­ter (29) cel­e­brates af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a pass from Bulls quar­ter­back Blake Bar­nett (11) dur­ing the first quar­ter of an NCAA game in Tampa, Fla., on Satur­day.

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