TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Andre Hall had a rushing touchdown and Trae
Williams returned an interception for a 37-yard score in South
Florida's 21-7 win over Division I-AA Tennessee Tech on Saturday
Hall ran for a 2-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to
give South Florida (1-0) a 7-0 lead.
South Florida blocked a punt early in the second quarter and
recovered at the Tennessee Tech 25-yard line. Five plays later,
Bulls quarterback Pat Julmiste ran around right end for a 3-yard
The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the third
quarter, capping a nine-play, 29-yard drive with an 8-yard
touchdown pass from Robert Craft to Trey Bonner.
But Williams' interception and touchdown with 11:29 left in the
game to sealed the win.
The Bulls' defense held the Golden Eagles (1-1) to only 1 yard
rushing in the first half and 16 for the game.
The game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes in the second quarter
when Tennessee Tech wide receiver Drew Hixon made a reception
across the middle and was knocked unconscious on a hit.
Hixon was taken from the field on a cart and taken to a
hospital. Tennessee Tech said his injuries were non-life
threatening, but he was kept overnight for observation.
The game was the season opener for South Florida after its
scheduled Sept. 6 game against Pittsburgh was postponed as
Hurricane Charley threatened Florida.