1:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
Michie Stadium, WEST POINT, NY
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- South Florida's Conference USA debut got off to a sloppy start.
Ronnie Banks completed 22 of 41 passes for 218 yards to lead the Bulls to a 28-0 win over Army on Saturday in their first Conference USA game.
South Florida (2-1, 1-0) mounted several drives behind Banks' arm that were capped by short touchdown runs or field goals, and their defense kept Army contained.
The Bulls had 13 penalties and lost a fumble to halt a drive, but played much of the game in Army territory as the Black Knights struggled offensively.
"It was a sloppy game," Bulls coach Jim Leavitt said. "A lot of mistakes."
He said the team's two-week layoff was no excuse.
"We have to make plays and it starts with me," Banks said.
Army's Matt Silva came in at quarterback, and his first pass was picked off by Kevin Verpaele and returned 29 yards for South Florida's final touchdown.
The Black Knights (0-4, 0-2) sputtered on offense. Army had only 17 yards rushing, compared with 145 for South Florida. Army coach Todd Berry said the Black Knights, who scored 33 points last week against Tulane, "couldn't get anything going" offensively.
Silva and starting quarterback Zac Dahman combined to go 21-for-51.
South Florida took the lead with less than three minutes to play in the first half on a 26-yard field goal by Santiago Gramatica that capped a 10-play, 48-yard drive. The Bulls got another field goal a minute later following a fumble by Army's Tielor Robinson.
After Army was forced to punt, South Florida scored again with less than a minute to play in the half. Banks hit Huey Whittaker for 31 yards, and three plays later, DeJuan Green scored on a two-yard run.
|3rd Down Conversions||3-15||6-20|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-3|
|FG||2:54||SANTIAGO GRAMATICA 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 48 yards.
|FG||1:43||SANTIAGO GRAMATICA 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
|TD||0:21||DEJUAN GREEN 2 YD RUN (SANTIAGO GRAMATICA KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||10:44||CLENTON CROSSLEY 3 YD RUN (ELGIN HICKS 2PT PASS FROM RONNIE BANKS)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||6:37||KEVIN VERPAELE 29 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (SANTIAGO GRAMATICA KICK)||28||0|