Bulls Fall to BYU in 2022 Season Opener

September 4, 2022

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Sport Recap: Soccer |

TAMPA, SEPT. 3, 2022– The USF soccer workforce opened the 2022 USF Soccer season introduced by Tampa Normal Hospital with a 50-21 loss to BYU at Raymond James Stadium earlier than an enthusiastic crowd of 31,521 that waited out a two hour and thirty-six-minute climate delay that pushed kickoff of the 4 p.m. scheduled sport to six:36 p.m.


Following the climate delay, the primary for USF at Raymond James Stadium because the 2019 season-opener towards Wisconsin, BYU struck rapidly with a 75-yard landing run from extensive receiver Puka Nacua on the Cougars first play from scrimmage. 


BYU constructed a 28-0 lead within the first quarter after a powerful efficiency from their offense because the Bulls offense struggling to get first downs. Following the massive strike on the opening possession, BYU quarterback Jaren Corridor drove the Cougars 65 and 82-yards for 2 touchdowns sandwiched round a 33-yd pick-six by linebacker Max Tooley that gave BYU an early 28-0 lead.


“Clearly, it was a really disappointing efficiency tonight,” USF Head Coach Jeff Scott stated. “I am actually very stunned actually. Generally as a coach you may even see some indicators throughout follow the place guys aren’t fairly locked in or targeted. It actually was the other of that. I felt like we had been ready. Clearly, we weren’t.”


The Cougars pushed the result in 38-0 when Corridor hit Dallin Holker for a 13-yard landing and tacked on a 39-yard subject aim with 2:11 left within the first half.


USF obtained the offense happening the final drive of the half as quarterback Gerry Bohanon, a Baylor switch making his first begin at USF, moved the Bulls 84 yards in eight performs, connecting with extensive receiver Xavier Weaver for 71 of these yards. Weaver ended the night time along with his second profession 100-yd sport, posting 113 yards on 5 receptions to maneuver into 14th on USF’s profession receiving charts with 1,130 yards.


“Congrats to BYU,” stated Scott. “That is an excellent workforce on the market. If you play poorly towards an excellent. workforce, then the result’s just like what occurred tonight. We have loads of issues to repair. It is our first sport. Loads of new elements. We have loads of stuff to take a look at and to study from and we’ll. I am assured that our guys will reply the proper manner. I instructed them that this sport won’t outline our season and it will not outline our workforce. How we reply to this can.”


Popping out of halftime trailing 38-7, the Bulls opened the second half with an 89-yard kickoff return by extensive receiver Jimmy Horn Jr., the primary of his profession. BYU drove into USF territory on the following possession, however the Bulls obtained an an interception by security Mekhi LaPointe on a Corridor cross into the endzone, which he returned to the USF 12.


The spark was short-lived, as USF could not transfer the ball on three performs and the snap on the punt sailed over punter Andrew Stokes head and thru the top zone for a security and a 40-14 lead. USF tacked on a 3rd quarter landing from Brian Battie following a 43-yard drive, however BYU had solidified the win.


Corridor completed 25-of-32 for 261 yards and two touchdowns for BYU.


The Bulls’ protection was led by security Mekhi LaPointe with 10 tackles and his sixth profession interception.

Beginning his first sport with USF, Bohanon went 17-of-30 for 172 yards and an interception and added 28 speeding yards.



• BYU out-gained USF 575 to 293 on the night time, together with 314 yards speeding.

• BYU took a 2-1 lead within the collection.

USF logged its fourth kickoff return for a landing in its final 8 video games when Jimmy Horn Jr. returned the opening kickoff of the second half 89 yards for a landing, the primary of his profession. All-American Brian Battie posted a nation-leading three kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2021.



S Mekhi LaPointe led USF with 10 tackles and his sixth profession interception.

• Six gamers made their first profession begin for USF: On offense: QB Gerry Bohanon Jr and WR Khafre Brown. On protection: DT Rashad Cheney Jr, DE Jatorian Hansford, LB DJ Gordon and CB Aamaris Brown.

WR Xavier Weaver posted a career-high 113 receiving yards on 5 catches for his second profession 100-yard receiving sport.



USF returns to Raymond James Stadium subsequent Saturday night time to face Howard College in a 7 p.m. kickoff broadcast on ESPN+.


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The USF soccer program first took the sector in 1997 and celebrated its twenty fifth season in 2021 whereas breaking floor on a $22 million Indoor Efficiency Facility. The Bulls have posted 15 profitable seasons, earned 16 All-America alternatives, together with 2021 consensus All-American Brian Battie, and 31 first-team all-conference alternatives. USF has had 30 gamers chosen within the NFL Draft and has made 10 bowl video games appearances (going 6-4 in these video games), posting a program-record six straight appearances from 2005-2010 and most lately making 4 straight bowl appearances from 2015-18. The Bulls posted back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2016 and 2017, logging a program-record 11-2 mark in 2016 whereas ending each seasons ranked within the High 25. USF spent a program-record 20 straight weeks ranked within the High 25 through the 2016 and 2017 seasons and reached as excessive as No. 2 within the nationwide rankings through the 2007 season.


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