The Bulls defense forced three interceptions yesterday against Maryland; which was the first time since USF faced #16 Notre Dame in 2011. The defense was able to stop Maryland at times, but they got no help from the offense.
The defense started the game off with a big interception by safety Devin Abraham who returned the pick to the Maryland four yard line. The very next play quarterback Quinton Flowers found wide receiver Rodney Adams in the end zone to take an early 7-0 lead.
Besides that one scoring drive, the Bulls offense was non existent. Quarterback Quinton Flowers had only 60 yards passing on the day, while leading the team in rushing with 85 yards.
The Bulls should have produced more yards on offense. The Maryland defense allowed over 600 yards to Bowling Green. The Bulls were only able to generate 300 yards of offense, which was produced by the running game which had 240 yards.
The offense wasn’t able to capitalize on big plays, which went 7-18 on third down and 1-3 on fourth down. In the second quarter, wide receiver Rodney Scott dropped a wide open touchdown pass, which would of put the Bulls up 13-7.
For Maryland, the passing game was clicking on all cylinders. Quarterback Caleb Rowe despite for throwing three interceptions, had a solid game with throwing four touchdown passes and passing for 297 yards.
Takeaways for the game: The Bulls need to convert more on third down; you can’t expect to win many games going 7-18 on third down.
They also need to be more consistent with their passing game. Quarterback Quinton Flowers is a dual-threat type of quarterback, which makes the defense respect the threat of Flowers scrambling out of the pocket and taking off; Offensive Coordinator David Reaves should find a way to make the passing game work with Flowers at the helm.
The Bulls have a bye week ahead, which will be good for the team to regroup after this loss. USF will begin conference play October 2nd when they face the Memphis Tigers on ESPN2.