HOUSTON, TX. (970 WLFA) – Halloween turned into Flag Day for the University of South Florida Bulls. And afterward, nobody from USF was in a holiday mood. An abundance of penalties cost USF a potentially scintillating victory, allowing the Houston Cougars to escaped with a 35-23 win on Thursday night before an intimate and relieved gathering at Reliant Stadium.
The key moment: USF true freshman quarterback Mike White, superb all night, appeared to hit junior receiver Andre Davis on a go-ahead 27-yard touchdown pass just inside the end zone’s right pylon with 4:06 remaining, but there was a flag on the play. The Bulls (2-6, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) went from touchdown to third-and-25 at the Houston 42-yard line. White was swamped and sacked. He fumbled and it was recovered by Houston defensive tackle Jeremiah Farley. And that led to a tack-on touchdown by Houston (7-1, 3-0).
White, USF’s fourth starting quarterback in eight games, was 26 of 41 for 311 yards and two touchdowns, both to junior tight end Mike McFarland. He utilized 10 different receivers. He looked poised, sharp and confident. Click Here to read the entire story at TBO.com.