ESPN Big East Football: USF at West Virginia, Follow Live!
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It's another Big East Thursday night showdown as the #25 West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1,0-0 Big East)welcome the South Florida Bulls (3-2, 0-1 Big East) to Morgantown.
It's about 40 minutes from the start of tonight's game, here is what to look out for.
First, you should know that USF has won 3 of the last 4 meetings against West Virginia. The only win in that stretch for WVU however, came in Morgantown in 2008.
If you haven't followed Big East football this season, these two teams will look far different than you are used to. Once mirrors of each other, running spread offenses with running quarterbacks, each team seeks more to be more pro-style now.
Bill Stewart's Mountaineers are led by their quarterback Geno Smith. He is a threat to throw the ball all over the lot, averaging over 200 yards passing per-game. Unlike his predecessors, Pat White and Jarret Brown, Smith is no threat to run the ball, averaging less than a yard per game.
The running threat for WVU is still Noel Devine who is suddenly a senior for the Mountaineers. He averages 95 yards per game, and is a threat to take it to the house at any time.
The Bulls are led by their signal-caller B.J. Daniels. He is in the process of learning a new offense as Skip Holtz, the former East Carolina coach, navigates his first season at USF.
It had been good results until the Bulls struggled in their Big East opener scoring just nine points in a disappointing loss to Syracuse.
Should be a close game tonight in Morgantown...
Eveld's last pass falls incomplete and WVU wins it 20-6. USF has now gone two full games without a touchdown. They fall to 0-2 in the Big East. WVU wins its Big East opener and is tied atop the conference with Syracuse and Rutgers.
WVU executes a perfect pooch punt, USF ball inside the 5, under a minute to go. Bobby Eveld att QB for USF
WVU converts the first down, under 2 minutes to go. Game all but over.
Daniels on the run, fails to read zone coverage and is picked off again!
Big third down stop for USF on the open field tackle, they will start from their own 32 with under 7 minutes to go in the game.
South Florida is once again stopped on 3rd down as Glover comes up with the sack. They will punt again.
South Florida comes up with the third down sack again, they will get it back, somehow still in this gam down just a couple of score.
Daniels' pass deflected and picked off. WVU looking to seal it here.
4th quarter underway, WVU punts, near disaster for the Bulls as the fair catch attempt is nearly muffed on a diving attempt by Mitchell, covered up by USF.
Lattimore comes up with the 3rd down sack and will receive the WVU punt to start the 4th quarter. The Bulls need to kickstart their offense down 20-6.
USF stopped again, WVU gets it back near midfield.
Sanders nearly comes up with a spectacular catch along the sideline of the endzone, but the drop forces WVU to settle for the FG. The lead back up to 14, but USF still in the game.
WVU on the move looking to extend the lead, they have it 3rd down and 4 inside the 10
USF stopped at the WVU 30. They make the field goal, and it's 17-6.
The Bulls finally convert on 3rd down, they go under center for the first time for the 1st down at the 30.
The Bulls will have it on the 20 after a touchback
Half time is over, USF are in need of a spark to get their confidence back after a disastrous end to the first half
Daniels sacked by Goode as the half runs out, South Florida heads to the half down 2 touchdowns. The only saving grace for the Bulls is they will have the ball first.
The extra point is good, WVU leads 17-3. Devine scores the TD on the flip from Sanders
Interception! Daniels forces on on the run, Sands on the pick, WVU ball inside the 10. Hood n' ladder, WVU scores on one play! 16-3 WVU
The punt rolls to a stop inside the USF 15, USF gets the ball in the second half so it will be interesting to see how aggressive they will be here
Smith sacked for the first time tonight on 3rd down, Holtz has to race to get the attention the official to call the timeout with just over a minute to go in the half, the Bulls will get the ball back.
WVU comes out firing to the surprise of USF, Washington falls down on the play and the pass goes for 32 yards to Bailey. They have it at their own 41
South Florida matrching down the field behing Moise Plancher. Bogan makes a catch and appears to fumble, but is ruled to have kept possession after review.
But, USF Bulls are stopped on the ensuing 3rd and 1. It's 4th and 3 inside the 40 of WVU and WVU calls timeout at the 1:51 mark of the 2nd quarter. USF plays it safe and punts it away, WVU is at their own 10
USF defense once again comes up with the big stop as Mitchell Raymond makes the open field tackle
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