Notes and highlights from San Jose

By Jontae Davis, Correspondent
On August 27, 2017

USF linebacker Nico Sawtelle (54) intercepts a pass Saturday.

• With an emphasis on a fast-paced, run heavy offense, USF set a program record for number of offensive plays ran (101) and number of rush attempts (74) in offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s first game as a Bull.

USF had four rushers of 40-plus yards Saturday. D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice led the way with 99 and 94 yards respectively.

• During the 42-0 scoring run, USF recorded three interceptions with two picked off after the pass was tipped by another Bull.

 The Bulls only had one game with three interceptions in 2016 (Cincinnati).

• The Bulls’ defense held San Jose State scoreless for 12 consecutive possessions between the first and fourth quarters on Saturday, giving up just 109 rushing yards.

• USF has finished the first quarter scoreless twice in the past three seasons, including Saturday against San Jose State and week 3 of the 2016 season against Syracuse. Both times the Bulls answered with a 28 point second quarter and won the game by 20-plus points.

• USF moved to 16-5 in season openers after Saturday’s win. The last opener loss was against McNeese State in 2013, former coach Willie Taggart’s first game at USF.

• No major injuries were incurred during Saturday’s game for USF outside of leg cramps. Defensive tackle Kevin Bronson made the trip to San Jose, but did not suit up. Veteran wide receivers Deangelo Antoine and Ryeshene Bronson did not make the trip.

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