No. 23 USF rallies to beat Tulsa 25-24 to remain unbeaten

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<pCoby 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.

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

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

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

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

<pMontgomery obviously wasn't happy about the call.

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

<pBarnett 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.

<pUSF 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.

<p"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.

<pWeiss won the kicking job just before the season started.

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

<pJordan Cronkrite, who set a USF and AAC record with 302 yards last week at UMass, 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.

<pSharmari 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.

<pBarnett completed 17 of 39 passes for 237 yards.

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

<pTHE TAKEAWAY

<pTulsa almost won the game due to not turning the ball over, combined with 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.

<pPOLL IMPLICATIONS

<pSouth Florida would have almost certainly dropped out of the Top 25 after losing to a Tulsa team that had not won a FBS game all season.

<pUP NEXT

<pUSF: Hosts UConn on Oct. 20.

<pTulsa: At Arkansas on Oct. 20.

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