McNeese State 53, South Florida 21

Date - Saturday, August 31, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - Raymond James Stadium
Attendance - 35470

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
McNeese State 2 31 10 10 53
South Florida 7 0 7 7 21

Recap

 
McNeese State 53, South Florida 21: Nic Jacobs pulled in five catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns, setting career marks in all three categories, to lead the visiting Cowboys in a rout over South Florida.

Quarterback Cody Stroud threw for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns for McNeese State, which rolled off 40 unanswered points after the Bulls took an early 7-0 lead. Dylan Long added two touchdowns on the ground for the Cowboys, who knocked off a FBS school for the second consecutive season, after defeating Middle Tennessee last year.

Matt Floyd narrowly edged senior Bobby Eveld in a preseason competition to start under center for South Florida and the sophomore floundered in his season debut. Floyd was intercepted twice, including a 76-yard return for a touchdown by Guy Morgan just before halftime that gave McNeese State a 33-7 lead at the break.

South Florida actually took a 7-0 lead 2:13 into the game, thanks to an 80-yard touchdown run from Marcus Shaw. A series of errors, however, sent the Bulls down a path from which they would never recover.

After a safety got the Cowboys on the board, Kelvin Bennett capped a 91-yard touchdown drive with a 7-yard run for a score, and after Shaw coughed up the ball inside his own 10, Long scampered to the end zone from 7 yards out himself to give McNeese State a pair of touchdowns in just 24 seconds. Stroud's 22-yard strike to Jacobs less than four minutes later helped the Cowboys pile on amid 31 points in the second quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: South Florida fell to 16-1 all-time in home openers and 1-1 all-time against McNeese State. ... 53 points marks the second-highest total allowed in Bulls history, just shy of Oregon's 56 points against South Florida in the 2007 Sun Bowl. ... Floyd finished 9-of-20 and was benched in the second half in favor of Eveld, who passed for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:47
South Florida   TD  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 0
1st Quarter - 7:55
McNeese State   S  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 2
2nd Quarter - 11:02
McNeese State   TD  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 9
2nd Quarter - 10:38
McNeese State   TD  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 16
2nd Quarter - 6:47
McNeese State   TD  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 23
2nd Quarter - 3:13
McNeese State   FG  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 26
2nd Quarter - 0:12
McNeese State   TD  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 33
3rd Quarter - 12:46
McNeese State   TD  South Florida 7 - McNeese State 40
3rd Quarter - 11:23
South Florida   TD  South Florida 14 - McNeese State 40
3rd Quarter - 4:23
McNeese State   FG  South Florida 14 - McNeese State 43
4th Quarter - 13:57
South Florida   TD  South Florida 21 - McNeese State 43
4th Quarter - 12:59
McNeese State   TD  South Florida 21 - McNeese State 50
4th Quarter - 5:37
McNeese State   FG  South Florida 21 - McNeese State 53
TEAMS

Team Records

  McNeese State South Florida
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  McNeese State South Florida
Score 53 21
First Downs 19 14
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-15
40%
3-for-13
23%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
2-for-5
40%
Total Yards 424 342
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 42-180 21-133
Average/Rush 4.3 6.3
Passing
Comp-Att 16-25 19-40
Passing Yards 244 209
Average/Pass Play 9.8 5.1
Penalties-Yards 4-33 3-44
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Possession 35:54 24:06

PLAYER STATS

McNeese State (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Stroud 12/21 207 2 1
T. Bolfing 4/4 37 0 0
South Florida (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Eveld 10/20 137 2 0
M. Floyd 9/20 72 0 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Wiltz 13 79 6.1 0
D. Long 13 56 4.3 2
K. Bennett 7 33 4.7 1
D. Spencer 1 6 6.0 0
T. Bolfing 1 3 3.0 0
D. Eaglin 5 3 0.6 0
R. Young 1 2 2.0 0
D. Mitchell 1 -2 -2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Shaw 12 145 12.1 1
B. Eveld 4 21 5.2 0
M. Pierre 2 6 3.0 0
M. Floyd 2 -9 -4.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
N. Jacobs 5 122 24.4 2
D. Spencer 1 30 30.0 0
E. Celestie 4 28 7.0 0
D. Mitchell 2 19 9.5 0
K. Thomas 1 15 15.0 0
W. Briscoe 1 14 14.0 0
D. Bush 1 12 12.0 0
K. Thomas 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Bravo-Brown 1 59 59.0 1
M. Shaw 5 47 9.4 0
A. Davis 4 30 7.5 1
M. McFarland 2 25 12.5 0
D. Hopkins 2 14 7.0 0
D. Welch 1 12 12.0 0
R. Eppes 2 10 5.0 0
S. Price 1 8 8.0 0
M. Pierre 1 4 4.0 0