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Every week we'll fill you in on how the other 11 opponents on USF's 2012 football schedule did. Where available, the links take you to the appropriate SB Nation site.
Those of you who followed the "worse playcall than Voodoo Five" teaser are dying to know, so let's cover that one first. Jump to 0:40 in this highlight video:
OMG, SOUTHERN MISS CALLED VOODOO FIVE. IN A FREAKING RAINSTORM HA HA HA HA HA. On 4th-and-5 from the Louisville 25 yard line. With one minute to play. Trailing by only four points.
As Biblically bad a decision as Voodoo Five was at UConn, note that our history of it doesn't say "it was raining and ball handling was a gamelong issue" or "we wouldn't get the ball back if it failed" or "it cost us a game against a hated rival" or "this was a new head coach who didn't have credibility with the fan base." I submit to you that Ellis Johnson didn't just duplicate the worst playcall in USF history; he found four ways to make it worse. I hereby set the over-under date on his firing at December 9, 2013.
As for the USF opponent, LOUISVILLE (5-0, 0-0 Big East) once again fell behind a non-BCS team and struggled to win. But this time they had weather to blame: their 21-17 win over Southern Miss was played in a downpour with standing puddles on the field. (And when was the last time you saw standing puddles on a football field? It's like something out of the 1980s.)
USF's other opponents:
CHATTANOOGA (2-3, 1-1 Southern Conference) beat The Citadel 28-10. The Mocs' four scores in this game came on drives of 78, 82, 85, and 85 (again) yards.
NEVADA (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) won 34-21 at I-A newbie Texas State. Wolf Pack sophomore QB Cody Fajardo puts up 300 yard passing/100 yard rushing games so consistently that I can already see him going way too early in the 2015 NFL Draft. I'm thinking Browns or Dolphins.
BALL STATE (3-2, 1-1 MAC) validated their win over USF by losing to Kent State, 45-43 on a last-second field goal. Willie Snead, who scored the game-winner last week against USF, had 216 yards and two touchdowns. Kent State might actually be a bowl team this season; they've got 3 wins already, and most MAC teams are worse than Kent State usually is.
CONNECTICUT (3-2, 0-0 Big East) beat Buffalo 24-17 in what I'm sure was a very dull game.
MIAMI (4-1 3-0 ACC) won another wacky ACC shootout, 44-37 over North Carolina State. Canes QB Stephen Morris threw for an insane 566 yards passing, including this 62-yard bomb that won it with 20 seconds in regulation. Seriously, NC State, how do you let a guy get that wide open late in a tie game?
In another exciting finish, CINCINNATI (3-0, 1-0 Big East) defeated Virginia Tech 27-24 in a neutral-site game at the Redskins' stadium. Munchie Legaux threw a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play.