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South Florida Bulls Lose 35-3 to Navy Midshipmen

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Big plays by Navy and no offense doomed the Bulls.

NCAA Football: South Florida at Navy Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

ANNAPOLIS, MD—A-nine minute span between the first and second quarter doomed the South Florida Bulls at Navy as they fell 35-3 inside Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

Navy (5-1) quarterback Malcolm Perry scored from 67-yards out on a broken play with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Navy fullback James Crothers scored from 58 yards out on just his eighth career carry. Then, four minutes later, slot back C.J. Williams found senior O.J. Davis wide open for a 23-yard touchdown to give Navy a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

USF’s offense could not get going with redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan McCloud completing 9-of-16 passes for 34 yards in the first half. The Plant graduate has been nursing multiple injuries over the last few weeks and it showed early and often.

Perry finished the day with 188 yards on 22 carries, including two touchdowns on broken pass plays. Navy rushed for 434 yards as a team.

The Bulls (3-4) gained 264 yards, led by running back Jordan Cronkrite’s 76 yards on 17 carries. To add insult to injury, the Bulls attempted, and missed the saddest field goal of the season from the Navy 16-yard line.

Navy added two more scores in the fourth quarter to turn the game into a blow out.

USF will travel to ECU next week.

Notables

  • Walk-on Kirk Rygol was 4-of-7 for 64 yards in relief of McCloud.
  • Linebacker Patrick Macon had 13 tackles. Greg Reaves had 12 tackles, and fumble recovery
  • McCloud finished 11-of-23 for 50 yards.