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
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
"It was a sloppy game," Bulls coach Jim Leavitt said. "A lot
Clenton Crossley scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter,
and Banks passed over the middle to Elgin Hicks for the conversion
to make it 21-0. Banks also threw two interceptions.
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
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