Scores

Final

Cincinnati 20

(3-2, 0-1 American)

South Florida 26

(1-4, 1-0 American)

7:00 PM ET, October 5, 2013

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 0 6 0 1420
USF 10 13 3 026

Top Performers

Passing: B. Kay (CIN) - 240 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Pierre (USF) - 16 CAR, 61 YDS

Receiving: A. McClung (CIN) - 8 REC, 90 YDS

USF beats Cincinnati 26-20 for Taggart's 1st win

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nate Godwin scored on a long blocked field goal return and DeDe Lattimore scooped up a fumble for another touchdown Saturday night to help South Florida begin American Athletic Conference play with a 26-20 victory over Cincinnati, which was playing for the first time since one of its players was killed in a car accident.

The Bearcats (3-2, 0-1) spent a difficult bye week grieving, attending red-shirt freshman Ben Flick's funeral and making hospital visits in addition to practicing. They were looking forward to playing a game to help things get back to normal.

Two hours before kickoff, the entire Cincinnati team gathered at the midfield at Raymond James Stadium, forming a circle around the USF logo to pray. A moment of silence in Flick's memory was observed before the opening kickoff. Two other players were injured in the wreck, and one of them remains hospitalized.

USF (1-4, 1-0) won for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, who left Western Kentucky after last season to take over a program that underachieved for much of the eight years it was a member of the Big East.

The Bulls lost quarterback Steven Bench and running back Marcus Shaw, who entered the game averaging 131.2 yards per game rushing, to leg injuries in the first half.

But with Cincinnati turning the ball over four times, missing an extra point and having a field goal blocked, USF's sputtering offense didn't need to get into the end zone to do its part.

Marvin Kloss kicked four field goals, including a 52-yarder. Bobby Eveld came off the bench to complete 10 of 16 passes for 122 yards, no TDs and no interceptions.

Brendon Kay rallied Cincinnati from a 26-6 deficit with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes. But USF's defense also rose to the occasion, clinging to a 13-point lead by stopping the Bearcats on downs at the Bulls' 10 with 6:45 remaining.

The car accident occurred on Sept. 21 while traveling back to Cincinnati from Oxford, Ohio, where the Bearcats had beaten Miami of Ohio earlier in the day.

The players were making the trip on their own because as redshirt freshmen, they didn't dress or travel with the team to the game.

The Bearcats got off to an encouraging start defensively Saturday night, forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage. But the offense was unable to take advantage, settling for a 40-yard field goal attempt that 6-foot-5 Mike McFarland leaped to block and the speedy Godwin ran back 75 yards to give USF a 7-0 lead.

It didn't get any easier the rest of the way.

USF scored on defense for the second week, with DeDe Lattimore scooping up Brendon Kay's fumble and returning it 10 yards for a touchdown that put the Bulls up 20-6 in the second quarter.

Kay completed 24 of 36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns -- 22 yards to Mekale McKay in the second quarter, 27 yards to Chris Moore early in the fourth, and 15 yards to McKay to trim USF's lead to 26-20 with 2:03 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
USF
1st Downs2112
Total Yards350241
Passing240129
Rushing110112
Penalties5-395-45
3rd Down Conversions7-145-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers41
Possession29:2630:34

Passing Leaders

CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kay24/362406.732
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Eveld10/161227.600

Rushing Leaders

CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Abernathy4389.5013
Green8303.809
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre16613.8021
Shaw9273.009

Receiving Leaders

CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
McClung89011.3017
Washington5489.6014
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis35618.7034
McFarland44912.3015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINUSF
TD12:57Nate Godwin 75 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Marvin Kloss Kick) 07
FG07:55Marvin Kloss 25 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERCINUSF
FG13:45Marvin Kloss 52 Yd 013
TD10:04Mekale McKay 22 Yd Pass From Brendon Kay (Pat Failed) 613
TD07:42Devekeyan Lattimore 10 Yd Fumble Return (Marvin Kloss Kick) 620
FG00:00Marvin Kloss 24 Yd 623
THIRD QUARTERCINUSF
FG08:32Marvin Kloss 40 Yd 626
FOURTH QUARTERCINUSF
TD14:19Chris Moore 27 Yd Pass From Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano Kick) 1326
TD02:03Mekale McKay 15 Yd Pass From Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano Kick) 2026