S. Florida rallies to beat Tulsa, stay unbeaten

Posted: October 13, 2018 at 2:46 a.m.

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NO. 23 SOUTH FLORIDA 25, TULSA 24

TULSA, Okla. -- Coby Weiss made a 22-yard field goal with 2 seconds left and No. 23 South Florida scored 15 points in the final 7:10 to beat Tulsa 25-24 on Friday night.

Blake Barnett set up the winning field goal with a 32-yard strike to Tyre McCants to the 5.

"The thing about him is that he is so strong and he is elusive," South Florida Coach Charlie Strong said about the 5-foot-11, 240-pound McCants. "When you tackle him you'd better wrap him up because he's going to break away."

South Florida was helped on the winning drive by a roughing-the-passer penalty on defensive end Trevis Gipson.

"I haven't seen the play. And I've got to be real careful what I say," Tulsa Coach Philip Montgomery said.

Montgomery obviously wasn't happy about the call.

"All I do know is that is a tough call right there in that situation at that time in the game," Montgomery said.

Barnett scored on 1- and 12-yard runs to pull the Bulls (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) within two with 2:10 to go, but was stopped on a two-point conversion run.

South Florida forced Tulsa (1-5, 0-3) into a three-and-out, giving the Bulls the ball back with 1:03 remaining on their own 43 with no timeouts left.

"It was great that we were able to pull this game out when we have a national audience when a lot of people were able to see us," Strong said.

Weiss won the kicking job just before the season started.

"I told our guys, we didn't know who our kicker is, but we know who he is now," Strong said.

Jordan Cronkrite, who set a South Florida and AAC record with 302 yards last week at Massachusetts, rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries. But outside of a 66-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter that evened it at 10, Cronkrite didn't do a lot of damage.

Sharmari Brooks ran for 100 yards on 28 carries for Tulsa. He had two 10-yard scoring runs in the third quarter to put the Golden Hurricane up 24-10.

Barnett completed 17 of 39 passes for 237 yards.

Tulsa's Seth Boomer was 6 of 21 for 71 yards.

Tulsa almost won the game because it did not turn the ball over and it presented a strong defense. Coming into the game, Tulsa ranked last in FBS in turnovers and turnovers per game, and sixth-to-last in turnover margin.

South Florida will almost certainly drop out of the Top 25 after losing to a Tulsa team that has not won an FBS game all season.

Sports on 10/13/2018