TAMPA — The University of South Florida Bulls (2-4, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) have an open week before preparing for an Oct. 26 home game against the No. 8-ranked Louisville Cardinals. USF will mostly utilize its extra preparation by trying to improve offensively.
In victories against Cincinnati (26-20) and Connecticut (13-10), the Bulls became the first Football Bowl Subdivision team since 2002 Notre Dame to win consecutive games without scoring an offensive touchdown.
“It was great to go on the road and win in a place (UConn) and stadium where we had never won before,’’ Taggart said Monday on the weekly AAC teleconference. “To see different guys step up and make plays for us, it’s a sign of our team growing and maturing.
“Now we’re going to try to get better. We’ve got to find a way to produce some points on offense.’’
On a fourth-quarter 65-yard drive that produced a go-ahead 44-yard field goal by junior PK Marvin Kloss, the Bulls had their best moments of the afternoon. Senior QB Bobby Eveld completed four of five pass attempts, missing only when WR Stephen Bravo-Brown dropped a certain 26-yard touchdown in the end zone.
“We were calling the same plays as we did earlier in the game,’’ Taggart said. “But they did their assignments and they did it with so much confidence. Earlier in the game, we seemed to be rushing everything.’’
UConn interim coach T.J. Weist, who worked four seasons on the Western Kentucky University staff with Taggart, said that confidence is often produced by a head coach.
“Willie has always been lucky,’’ Weist said. “I’ve known Willie a long time. One thing, Willie has always been aware, as a player and a coach. When you have that kind of mentality as the head coach, sooner or later, it’s going to rub off on your players.’’
HONOR ROLL: Kloss, who converted on field-goal attempts of 47 and 44 yards, and senior MLB DeDe Lattimore, who had a game-high 11 tackles, were named to the weekly AAC honor roll.
NOON KICKOFF: USF-Louisville was set for a noon kickoff. It will be broadcast by either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN-News or the syndicated AAC game of the week.