Never mind the injury he suffered, Andre Hall was hurt after USF’s 42-35 loss to Army Saturday.
The Bulls’ explosive running back rushed for 200 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns, setting USF’s single-game rushing record versus a Division I opponent. The Bulls’ 367 yards of total rushing is also a single-game record.
“It’s a hurting loss,” he said. “What hurts the most is it seemed like I didn’t help the team. That I didn’t really contribute in the third and fourth quarters — I sort of feel like I let them down.”
Hall’s numbers are even more amazing considering he sat out the fourth quarter and was limited to just seven carries for 47 yards in the third.
“All I can really do is my part,” said Hall, who had 157 yards at halftime. “I did all I could. I had a strain in my neck.”
He didn’t waste any time doing his part as he racked up 100 yards in the first quarter. The 5-foot-10 205-pound junior’s first score came early in the first quarter when he scooted 18 yards to put the Bulls up 7-0.
Hall’s longest run of the game, a 57-yard burst up the middle, got the Bulls to Army’s 20-yard-line. But USF was denied a touchdown after an interception at the Black Knights’ 2-yard-line.
Hall’s 21-yard scamper in the second quarter put USF up 14-7.
Early in the third quarter, Hall strained his neck.
“It was bothering me a lot,” He said.
Forced to the sidelines, Hall became vocal as USF’s 28-14 lead began to melt away.
“The whole time, you’re thinking, ‘What can I do to make it better?'” he said. “I was trying to get guys going and just help the guys pull through.”
Hall is USF’s leading rusher this season with 473 yards and eight touchdowns.
Ready to run: USF quarterback Pat Julmiste found his legs against Army.
Julmiste, who had averaged negative 9.8 yards rushing per game this season, rushed for 90 yards on 20 carries, and was USF’s second-leading rusher versus the Black Knights. Julmiste was also sacked four times for a loss of 28 yards.
Coming in, Julmiste’s longest run of the season was nine yards, but Friday the sophomore had runs of 23, 20 and 19 yards, the latter of which was a touchdown.