USF 50 NSU 0
It just didn’t seem fair for USF football to brutally beat up on the likes of Nicholls State. So the Bulls called for their reserves early in the third quarter after scoring 35 points in the first half in a 50-0 trouncing of the Colonels in USF’s home opener at Raymond James Stadium.
Although the offense put up some good numbers, it was the Bulls’ defense that set the tone early and helped USF gain a 21-0 lead.
Nicholls State threw three interceptions in its first three possessions, including one that was returned 41 yards for a touchdown by Kenny Robinson.
Robinson had two of USF’s six interceptions in the game, while the defense racked up six sacks.
Linebacker Courtney Davenport led the defense, tallying three sacks and four tackles. Maurice Jones added seven tackles and an interception.
Ronnie Banks kept his record as a starter unscathed by tossing four touchdowns and rushing for another.
However, Banks threw a season-high three interceptions, two of which were in the end zone. He finished 13-of-26 for 204 yards. USF earned a quick 7-0 lead after Banks drove the team 80 yards in its first possession, capping the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Huey Whittaker.
Robinson’s interception return gave USF a 14-0 lead, and following Jones’ interception, Banks ran in for a score from five yards out to make it 21-0.
Banks tossed two touchdowns in the second quarter and added his fourth of the game early in the third before giving way to Pat Julmiste and the second team.
Clenton Crossley led all rushers with 41 yards on 11 carries, while Whittaker led USF’s receivers with 5 catches for 77 yards.
Editors Note: USF actually played Southern University in the simulated video game, but the team’s name was changed to Nicholls State to coincide with USF’s regular season schedule and opponents.