USF backup QB Bobby Eveld found himself on the field against Miami for a second consecutive year, and it was for the same reason.
Eveld was thrust into the lineup after starter B.J. Daniels suffered a right shoulder injury during the third quarter of Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes at Raymond James Stadium. Last year at Miami, Eveld was forced to step in at the start of the second half in place of an injured Daniels.
"It was kind of déjà vu for a second there when B.J. went down," Eveld said, "but I felt prepared and I didn't get too nervous when I went in there, so that was good."
Unfortunately for the Bulls, Eveld wasn't able to capture the same kind of magic he produced last year when leading USF to a 23-20 overtime victory. In four full drives with Eveld under center, USF's offense managed just 68 total yards.
Eveld didn't want to take anything away from Miami's defense, which he said played great, but added "it's very frustrating to have it come out their way instead of ours."
As for Daniels, USF coach Skip Holtz did not have an immediate update on the severity of the injury that knocked him out of the game, saying only "right now he's out."
The nine points scored in Saturday's game marked the lowest scoring game in USF program history. The previous low was 14 points in a 14-0 loss to North Carolina State in the 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
"It was a 12-round, toe-to-toe, standing in the center of the ring with two great defenses battling each other," Holtz said. "It was a hard-hitting game, and it lived up to everything you talk about that an in-state rivalry game should live up to, with two teams just out there competing their tail off."
Mixed results from Brockhaus-Kann
USF got a bit of a mixed bag from punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann, who had six of his nine kicks Saturday come to rest inside the Miami 20 but averaged just 33.8 yards per attempt overall.
"I don't think we punted the ball very well," Holtz said. "I think we lost about 10 yards every time we both punted in the field position battle."
Brockhaus-Kann's counterpart, Miami's Dalton Botts, averaged nearly 10 yards better (43.4 yards) on his eight attempts.
Canes dominate time of possession
USF entered as one of the nation's worst teams in time of possession, averaging just 28:18 per game, and the Bulls came up nearly seven minutes shy of that mark Saturday.
Miami dominated the category, holding the ball for 38:10, and the Hurricanes did most of the damage on their two scoring drives.
Miami's first scoring drive, a 17-play, 66-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard Jake Wieclaw field goal late in the first quarter, chewed up 6:58 off the clock. The Hurricanes then held the ball for the final 5:43 on their final possession, which ended with a 36-yard Wieclaw field goal on the game's final play to cap a 15-play, 61-yard drive.
USF used two punt returners Saturday. TE Evan Landi, hailed for his ability to cleanly field the ball, was used when the Bulls were fielding a punt inside their own 20, while WR Victor Marc handled all other returns. Marc had a costly fumble while trying to field a bouncing ball inside his own 20 in a loss at Rutgers, and he also fumbled in last week's win at Syracuse, though that was after catching a pass. … The announced attendance of 57,572 was a season high and the largest for a home game during Holtz's tenure. … DT Keith McCaskill set a career high with two sacks. … CB Quenton Washington had a career-best 8.5 tackles. … The blocked field goal by DE Ryne Giddins in the third quarter was the first of his career. It was also USF's first blocked field goal since 2009 against Connecticut.