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King's late TD lifts Houston to 28-24 upset of No. 17 USF

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) It turns out Major Applewhite was right.

His Houston Cougars had everything it took to beat previously unbeaten No. 17 South Florida on Saturday.

That included a young quarterback who didn't show his inexperience while getting his first extensive playing time in college and a defense that answered the coach's challenge to play a complete game.

D'Eriq King kept his team's hopes alive with a 30-yard completion on fourth-and-24, then finished a winning drive with his second touchdown run of the day to lift the Cougars (5-3, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) over USF 28-24 before an announced crowd of 32,316.

''Everybody doubted us, and we just came and got it,'' running back Mulbah Car said after King's 20-yard scramble ended the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games.

''There's no stopping us. We just stop ourselves,'' Car, who ran for 137 yards and a TD, added. ''We beat ourselves a lot, and today we all came together.''

King, who has split time between receiver and quarterback for two seasons, replaced starter Kyle Postma in the first half. He began slowly before leading three long scoring drives after halftime to help the Cougars position themselves for an upset.

Houston's defense did its part, too, yielding 462 yards but doing a good job of keeping USF out of the end zone after allowing 80 second-half point in losses to Tulsa and Memphis the previous two weeks.

''I was really proud of our defense. I challenged them. I was a raging lunatic this week in terms of finish,'' Applewhite said. ''I'm tired of seeing 30 minutes. A lot of people can do things for 30 minutes. Can we do it for 60 minutes? The guys stepped up.''

King threw a 39-yard TD pass Courtney Lark early in the second half. Car scored on a 4-yard run to make it 14-14 heading into the fourth quarter, and King finished a 75-yard march with a 3-yard TD run that made it 21-all with 6:20 remaining.

Quinton Flowers, who threw for 325 yards and scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards for USF (7-1, 4-1), did all he could to give the Bulls a chance to remain unbeaten and atop the AAC East Division standings with No. 18 UCF.

Emilio Nadelman's 30-yard field goal gave USF a 24-21 lead, but also left King with 1:46 to pull out the victory.

The sophomore's 30-yard completion to Lark, who leaped between two defenders to make the catch, prolonged the winning march after Brandon McDowell's 50-yard kickoff return gave Houston the ball near midfield.

''It wasn't just me. It was more the offensive line,'' King said of the winning TD. ''They blocked real well, and the receivers blocked on the perimeter, so it wasn't just me. It was a good feeling, though.''

King was 12 of 20 passing for 137 yards and one TD. He also accounted for 83 of Houston's 255 yards rushing, most of it in the second half.

Car set up his TD with a 46-yard run and finished with 137 yards rushing on 18 attempts.

USF, which has never won a conference championship, had won eight straight AAC games dating to last season. The Bulls are 17-4 in league play over the last three years.

''I told our team our goals are still in front of us,'' Bulls coach Charlie Strong said. ''We've just got to go win our next three conference games and we'll get to where we need to get to.''

STREAK ENDS

A week after letting a 17-point halftime lead slip away during a 42-38 home loss to Memphis, Houston gave itself a chance by playing solid defense early against a high-powered offense that had scored at least 30 points in a record 24 consecutive games.

USF failed to score at least 30 points for the first time since Nov. 7, 2015 during a 22-17 victory at East Carolina. The Bulls won 21 of 24 games during the streak.

THE TAKEAWAY

Houston: King gave the Cougars a spark offensively, and the defense rebounded after yielding 42 second-half points in last week's loss to Memphis. USF finished with 462 yards total offense, but it wasn't nearly as easy as the numbers suggest.

South Florida: The Bulls, who've won five games by at least 20 points, weren't as sharp as usual, offensively or defensively. But in their first real test of the season, they proved resilient and didn't flinch after Houston tied the score on three different occasions in the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

USF slipped one spot in last week's rankings after squandering most of a 27-point lead while holding off Tulane 34-28 on the road. Sputtering against Houston probably ended any hopes the Bulls had of reaching the top 10 this season.

UP NEXT

Houston: Returns home to face East Carolina on Nov. 4.

South Florida: at Connecticut on Nov. 4.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:11
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
24
Touchdown 0:11
4-D.King scrambles runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
49
yds
01:25
pos
27
24
Field Goal 1:51
35-E.Nadelman 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
69
yds
04:22
pos
21
24
Point After TD 6:20
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 6:20
4-D.King runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
04:07
pos
20
21
Point After TD 10:27
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 10:27
9-Q.Flowers runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
61
yds
01:44
pos
14
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:03
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 3:03
34-M.Car runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
74
yds
00:59
pos
13
14
Point After TD 8:55
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 8:55
9-Q.Flowers runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
100
yds
04:07
pos
7
13
Point After TD 13:02
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 13:02
4-D.King complete to 9-C.Lark. 9-C.Lark runs 39 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on USF 19-R.Hoggins Holding declined.
6
plays
75
yds
01:58
pos
6
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:34
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:34
2-D.Johnson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
37
yds
03:05
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 16 21
Rushing 11 6
Passing 5 14
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 4-15 7-23
4th Down Conv 1-3 3-5
Total Net Yards 378 437
Total Plays 73 93
Avg Gain 5.2 4.7
Net Yards Rushing 255 137
Rush Attempts 48 55
Avg Rush Yards 5.3 2.5
Net Yards Passing 123 300
Comp. - Att. 14-25 23-38
Yards Per Pass 4.9 7.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-19 4-25
Penalties - Yards 5-45 5-35
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 3 3
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 8-48.0 9-40.2
Return Yards 140 45
Punts - Returns 5-20 2-10
Kickoffs - Returns 3-120 2-35
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 4/4
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Houston 5-3 00141428
17 South Florida 7-1 0771024
123 PASS YDS 300
255 RUSH YDS 137
378 TOTAL YDS 437
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 137 1 0 134.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 159 2 0 149.8
D. King 12/20 137 1 0
K. Postma 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 5 0 0 48.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.5% 1125 5 6 125.7
K. Postma 2/5 5 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Car 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 137 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 264 2
M. Car 18 137 1 46
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 83 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 129 3
D. King 20 83 2 44
D. Catalon 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
120 519 7
D. Catalon 8 23 0 15
K. Postma 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 212 1
K. Postma 2 12 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Lark 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 69 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 138 1
C. Lark 2 69 1 39
L. Bonner 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 505 3
L. Bonner 6 40 0 23
S. Dunbar 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 533 1
S. Dunbar 3 19 0 13
J. Leday 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 152 1
J. Leday 2 14 0 7
A. Leslie 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 47 0
A. Leslie 0 0 0 0
D. Catalon 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 77 1
D. Catalon 0 0 0 0
D. Mitchell 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
D. Mitchell 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Hines 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
D. Hines 11-1 0.0 0
E. Oliver 10 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
E. Oliver 7-0 1.0 0
A. Robinson 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
A. Robinson 6-1 1.0 0
L. Godfrey 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
L. Godfrey 6-0 1.0 0
E. Egbule 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
E. Egbule 5-3 0.0 0
A. Myres 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Myres 5-1 0.0 0
M. Adams 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Adams 4-0 0.0 0
K. Williams 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
K. Williams 4-2 0.0 0
T. Williams 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 3 0.0
T. Williams 4-1 0.0 0
R. Chevis 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
R. Chevis 3-1 0.0 0
Jo. Williams 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Jo. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
I. Johnson 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
I. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0
J. Winchester 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Winchester 2-0 0.0 0
J. Carter 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Carter 2-0 0.0 0
P. Turner 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
P. Turner 2-0 0.0 0
N. Thurman 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
N. Thurman 1-1 0.0 0
T. Mark 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Mark 1-0 0.0 0
G. Davis 1 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 4 0.0
G. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
D. Anenih 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Anenih 1-0 1.0 0
Z. Vaughan 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Z. Vaughan 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Novikoff 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
7/9 28/28
C. Novikoff 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Roy 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 48.0 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
44 41.6 4
D. Roy 8 48.0 4 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Leday 85 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 35.0 43 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 27.3 43 0
J. Leday 2 35.0 43 0
B. McDowell 27 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 50.0 50 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 42.5 50 0
B. McDowell 1 50.0 50 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. McDowell 27 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 3.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 3.4 7 0
B. McDowell 4 3.0 7 0
J. Burrell 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
J. Burrell 1 8.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.5% 325 0 0 132.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 1570 12 3 132.1
Q. Flowers 23/38 325 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Tice 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 726 9
D. Tice 26 92 0 18
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 601 6
D. Johnson 14 32 1 8
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 7 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 620 9
Q. Flowers 14 7 2 16
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 109 1
M. Valdes-Scantling 1 6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 186 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 568 4
M. Valdes-Scantling 10 186 0 38
T. McCants 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 54 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 257 3
T. McCants 3 54 0 33
D. Salomon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 231 2
D. Salomon 4 49 0 22
T. Alaka 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 142 1
T. Alaka 2 21 0 11
D. Antoine 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 168 1
D. Antoine 2 9 0 9
M. Wilcox 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 78 0
M. Wilcox 1 4 0 4
E. Dillon 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 62 0
E. Dillon 1 2 0 2
D. Tice 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
D. Tice 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Nichols 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 2 0.0
D. Nichols 10-0 0.0 0
A. Sanchez 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-2 2 0.0
A. Sanchez 10-0 0.0 0
D. Senat 10 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 2.5
D. Senat 8-4 2.5 0
G. Reaves 41 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.5
G. Reaves 7-1 0.5 0
K. McGee 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. McGee 4-1 0.0 0
J. Thomas 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Thomas 3-0 0.0 0
M. Love 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
M. Love 3-0 1.0 0
D. Abraham 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 4 0.0
D. Abraham 3-0 0.0 0
N. Sawtelle 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
N. Sawtelle 3-1 0.0 0
J. Black 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Black 1-1 0.0 0
K. Bronson 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
K. Bronson 1-1 0.5 0
B. Hector 60 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Hector 0-1 0.0 0
R. Hoggins 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 1 0.0
R. Hoggins 0-2 0.0 0
M. Wilkins 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 3 0.0
M. Wilkins 0-1 0.0 0
K. Pinkney 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Pinkney 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Nadelman 35 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
15/18 36/39
E. Nadelman 1/1 30 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hernandez 44 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 40.2 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 43.6 0
J. Hernandez 9 40.2 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 16.6 18 0
D. Johnson 2 17.5 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Fullwood 13 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 14.4 9 0
T. Fullwood 1 9.0 9 0
Do. Thomas 28 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
Do. Thomas 1 1.0 1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:20 HOU 42 0:57 3 4 Punt
10:20 HOU 20 0:40 3 0 Punt
8:19 HOU 24 2:04 5 11 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:05 HOU 11 2:05 6 12 Punt
14:04 HOU 31 1:19 4 9 Downs
9:25 HOU 43 1:36 4 15 Punt
5:36 HOU 27 0:53 4 32 Fumble
2:18 HOU 45 0:57 3 1 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 1:58 6 75 TD
8:49 HOU 28 2:33 5 14 Punt
4:02 HOU 26 0:59 4 74 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:26 HOU 28 0:50 3 9 Punt
13:59 HOU 42 1:44 6 19 Downs
10:27 HOU 25 4:07 10 75 TD
1:36 SFLA 49 1:25 9 49 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SFLA 25 1:32 3 -2 Punt
12:14 SFLA 31 1:47 6 20 Punt
9:31 SFLA 36 1:05 3 -3 Punt
6:04 SFLA 13 3:53 12 76 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 SFLA 31 0:42 3 0 Punt
12:39 HOU 37 3:05 8 37 TD
7:41 SFLA 20 1:57 8 53 Downs
4:37 SFLA 41 2:09 4 -10 Fumble
1:15 SFLA 11 1:10 7 27 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:02 SFLA 25 4:07 13 75 TD
6:06 SFLA 20 1:53 5 15 Punt
3:03 SFLA 25 1:26 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 SFLA 16 0:44 3 -5 Punt
12:11 SFLA 39 1:44 6 61 TD
6:13 SFLA 23 4:22 10 64 FG
0:03 SFLA 28 0:00 2 38 Game