|South Florida coach Skip Holtz has been under fire, and Friday's performance won't quell the masses. (US Presswire)|
The struggle continued Friday night for South Florida. The Bulls, playing without their two best playmakers in QB B.J. Daniels and RB/WR Lindsey Lamar, found it difficult to get anything going and fell 27-10 at Cincinnati.
Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East) RB George Winn -- an unexpected bright spot -- rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Winn has proven to be a solid replacement to the departed Isaiah Pead, who led the league in rushing last season and was named conference player of the year. Winn won't get the accolades, but no one expected him to play the way he has, already eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing.
Brendon Kay got the nod ahead of Munchie Legaux at quarterback despite being somewhat banged up, and the senior threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 48 yards and a score on seven carries.
But the real story was South Florida's general ineptitude. The Bulls were able to get into the endzone for the first time in 10 quarters, but the offense was otherwise largely ineffective. And if USF was to have any sort of chance in this game, it would have to limit mistakes. The Bulls did not do that, fumbling eight times and losing two.
Redshirt freshman QB Matt Floyd got his first career start and threw for 176 yards and was sacked four times.
South Florida (3-8, 1-5 Big East) now becomes the first Bulls' team to lose eight games in a season. One would have to think the seat under Skip Holtz is getting awfully hot right about now.
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