TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – I experienced a feeling of shock as soon as the University of South Florida Bulls stepped onto the field for their first offensive possession.
I did not see Blake Barnett in the middle of that offensive group. I saw the redshirt freshman quarterback, Jordan McCloud.
How will he handle this task? Will he be able to put points on the board?
The Bulls are winless this season and they have not won in the past eight games. Additionally, they have only scored a total of 10 points in the first two games of the season.
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AFTER ONE QUARTER OF PLAY:
SC State: 3 || USF: 7
McCloud has put points on the board. He hit Johnny Ford in stride in the end zone with about five minutes remaining in the first quarter. If you missed it, you missed a pretty ball.
He connected with Ford on their third offensive possession. McCloud definitely appeared shaky in the first two possessions but I feel he is already gaining a substantial amount of confidence. McCloud did make appearances in the Bulls first two losses of the season. He replaced Barnett and, at least for the moment, he is replacing him again.
SC State: 3 || USF: 24
McCloud can throw the deep ball and he can also run if he finds himself in trouble in the pocket. He has completed 11 for 21 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He is also the leading rusher in this game with 45 yards on the ground and one touchdown.
AFTER THREE QUARTERS OF PLAY:
SC State: 9 || USF: 41
The Bulls are winning and the Bulls should be winning. The Bulldogs from South Carolina are not an competitive football team so, although the Bulls are doing damage on both sides of the ball, they should be beating this team significantly.
McCloud is connecting with his teammates and the Bulls’ defense has forced six turnovers in three quarters, four fumbles and two interceptions.
McCloud is 15 for 26 with 165 yards and three touchdowns. He is still the leading rusher on the field with 53 yards.
Johnny Ford and Mitch Wilcox both have two touchdowns in this game.
SC State: 16 | | USF: 55
For the first time this season, the USF Bulls have won a game.
With 12:25 remaining in the fourth quarter: Blake Barnett replaces Jordan McCloud as quarterback.
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