USF (5-0, 1-0) played their last non-conference opponent of the season and came away with a 58-42 win over the University of Massachusetts (2-5) on Saturday afternoon in Armherst, Massachusetts, in a game rescheduled from 2017 because of Hurricane Irma.
This game started with a bang, as USF's Tyree McCants pulled in a 72-yard touchdown pass from Blake Barnett in the first minute for an early lead. Less than two minutes later, Andrew Ford hit Brennon Dingle with a 31-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
With USF trailing 14-7 late in the second quarter, the Bulls got a field goal and then Marquis Young forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The Bulls added a touchdown on the next play and never looked back - USF scored the first three touchdowns of the third quarter to take control of this game. Jordan Cronkite had two of those scores, including a 77-yard touchdown run, en route to 302 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground for the Bulls. Johnny Ford added 77 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and Tyre McCants pulled in 81 yards through the air, to round out the USF offensive attack.
The Bulls return to action on Friday when they head to Tulsa to battle the Golden Hurricane. Kickoff Friday night is scheduled for 7:00 PM.