The No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (4-0) traveled to Tampa, FL to face-off against the winless South Florida Bulls (0-4) at Raymond James Stadium. In their first road game of the season, the Bulls posed no threat to Golden’s undefeated Hurricanes.
Miami had no problem finding the end zone and dominated the Bulls of defense. The Hurricanes scored on their first three possessions and would never look back.
Out of the gates, Miami clicked on offense and QB Stephen Morris lit up a bad Bulls’ defense through the air. Throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, Morris connected with WR Herb Waters on a 19-yard touchdown strike and his second touchdown came on a 34-yard pass to freshman WR Stacy Coley.
Hurricanes’ RB Duke Johnson rushed for 84 yards and one touchdown, having scored at least one rushing touchdown in each of his last eight games.
Following a seven-yard touchdown scamper by RB Dallas Crawford, the Bulls would answer when RB Marcus Shaw found the end-zone on a three-yard run, evening the score at seven a piece.
That was as close as the Bulls would get.
The Hurricanes dominated on defense and held South Florida to 99 yards on the ground.
Sophomore QB Steven Bench, who was making his first start for the Bulls, threw for 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception, including a 16-yard pass to WR Derrick Hopkins in the fourth quarter.
Having injured his ankle in last week’s win over Savannah State, QB Stephen Morris left the game in the second quarter after tweaking the same ankle. Backups Ryan Williams and Gray Crow filled in for Morris as he spent the remainder of the game cheering from the sideline.
Williams continued to impress as a backup, throwing for 153 yards and one touchdown against the Bulls.
While Miami walked away with the win, penalties continue to haunt the team. The Hurricanes were flagged five times for 30 yards. They also turned the ball over twice in the red zone and PK Matt Goudis shanked a 23-yard field goal.