USF Sets Game Difficulty To "Freshman," Beats Florida A&M 70-17

Have you ever been to a churrascaria? It's a Brazilian steakhouse, like La Fogata or Texas de Brazil, and instead of getting served all your food at once like you would in a regular restaurant, the waiters come around with portions of various meats on these giant knives and serve them to you. You eat one, and they come back and give you another cut of meat. You eat that one, and they come back again, and again, and again. Servers are coming to your table from seemingly every direction. They keep putting more and more meat on your plate. After awhile it becomes kind of overwhelming. The experience is not unlike last night's USF game.

Florida A&M, God love 'em, might be the most overmatched opponent the Bulls have ever played, and I'm including teams like Kentucky Wesleyan and Cumberland in that assessment. I don't really know how you're supposed to analyze a game like this. Andre Davis scored a touchdown on a play where his defender wasn't lined up right, wasn't watching Davis when the play started, let Davis run right past him, and then didn't turn to chase Davis until B.J. Daniels had already thrown the ball to him. That made the score 42-10 in the second quarter. What kind of insight can you add to that? It was brutal.

And the Rattlers didn't help themselves by big-blitzing on pretty much every play. If you want to give up a metric ton of points and yards, blitz 50 or 60 times and not get any sacks. Not only that, but it made USF throw the ball even more than they might have been inclined to against an overpowered opponent because they knew it would be tougher to run. Daniels tied the school record for passing yards in a game with 382. Darrell Scott tied another record with four TDs and racked up 230 total yards from scrimmage. The Bulls recorded an astounding 39 first downs and an unreal 745 yards of offense, both school and Big East records. (The first down school record was one week old. The school record for total offense was obliterated by 165 yards.)

USF made exactly three bad plays all night -- the Bobby Eveld hit-as-he-threw INT, the holding penalty that wiped out Mark Joyce's coast-to-coast pick-six, and Quenton Washington gambling on a deep out and getting beat for a touchdown. None of them mattered. Unless you want to complain about fifth-string running backs not having enough burst and strength to break tackles, let's take the win and keep moving forward.

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