BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
It was a bag of everything as South Florida looked to bounce back following their shocking defeat to McNeese State, but they failed to do so against Michigan State on the road as “Sparty” defeated the Bulls 21-6. For the first time in USF’s 17-year history, they have began a football season dropping their first two contests and have gone 35-37 since reaching #2 in the BCS poll back in 2007.
It was not a good day for USF quarterback Bobby Eveld who was making the start for the Bulls against a stout defense from the Big Ten in MSU. Eveld failed to get anything going through the air as the senior QB finished with just sixty six yards passing only completing six of twenty five pass attempts.
The two teams both had offensive issues when it came to the quarterback position. Michigan State used a rotation of the three quarterbacks they have on their roster all battling for the number one spot. The Bulls defense held strong against MSU only allowing 264 yards total of offense, a huge improvement from last week allowing nearly 500 yards to FCS school McNeese State.
In was that Spartan defense which once again carried the load scoring on two turnovers by the Bulls by a single man. Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun recovered a Eveld fumble for four yards giving MSU a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Calhoun rose to the occasion again in the third quarter intercepting an Eveld pass as taking it to the house 44 yards for a pick-six. Calhoun now leads Michigan State in scoring through the first two games of the young season as he now has three turnovers returned for touchdowns.
The lone bright spot for the Bulls was the play of Marcus Shaw who ran for 94 yards on the ground on 23 carries. USF kicker Marvin Kloss’ two field goals, his first scores of the season, were all USF could get on the scoreboard.
The game did feature a one hour and eight minute delay before kickoff due to heavy thunderstorms and lightning in the area. The highlight of the delay was the student section of the stadium refusing to evacuate to safety, only to be coaxed into it by MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo who said he would sit with the students during the game but only if they evacuated. The students complied to Izzo’s wishes, and enjoyed a Spartan win together.
The Bulls will return home next Saturday to take on Florida Atlantic who have yet to see their first win as well, and FAU lost this past Thursday to East Carolina.