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Notre Dame Fighting Irish Easily Dispose of the South Florida Bulls 52-0

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It got ugly quick.

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Well, that was ugly.

The South Florida Bulls were over-matched, out-gained, and out-skilled for 60 minutes on Saturday afternoon as they fell 52-0 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

“We practiced well this week,” head coach Jeff Scott said. “It just didn’t translate to the field today.”

Notre Dame scored on their first four possessions, and never looked back. Quarterback Ian Book rushed for three scores, and reserve running backs Chris Tyree, and C’Bo Flemister added scores of their own to give Notre Dame a 38-0 halftime lead.

USF couldn’t find any consistency on offense as quarterbacks Jordan McCloud and Noah Johnson struggled through the air. McCloud finished 8-for-14 for 64 yards. Johnson struggled to a tune of 4-for-12 for 61 yards.

The lone bright spot on offense was running back Johnny Ford’s 42-yard run in the first quarter. Ford finished the day with six carries for 70 yards.

Long snapper Ian Deneen had a day to forget after two poor snaps led directly to Notre Dame touchdowns.

After coughing up the ball at the 1-yard line nine years ago, the Irish converted three times from the 1-yard line, exorcising those demons.

The Bulls will travel to Boca Raton to face former head coaches Willie Taggart, and Jim Leavitt next week.

Notables

  • True freshmen Katravis Marsh (0-for-3), and Jordan Smith played in the game. USF used all four QBs they brought.
  • LB Dwayne Boyles traveled, but did not play due to injury.
  • USF went 2-for-15 on third down.