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USF 28, Rutgers 27: Scarlet Knight Lose Close Big East Battle

The Rutgers' offense and defense didn't make enough plays Wednesday as host South Florida won, 28-27, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

The Scarlet Knights (4-4, 1-2 Big East) dropped in the Big East conference standings and had their bowl hopes diminish a bit after failing to convert on a late fourth-quarter drive that started inside Bulls' territory.

Trailing 28-27 with less than six minutes remaining, Rutgers started a potential go-ahead drive at the Bulls' 41-yard line. Three plays later, Rutgers faced a fourth-and-three and went for it.

Freshmen quarterback Chas Dodd dropped back but couldn't avoid the rush by USF linebacker Jacquian Williams, who sacked Dodd for a turnover-on-downs.

USF (5-3, 2-2) gained possession and ran the game clock down to 37 seconds before punting. The clock ran out after Rutgers' failed to score on a game-ending desperation play.

Dodd finished 13 of 15 for 109 yards. Jeremy Deering carried the ball 12 times for a team-high 69 yards.  

USF running back Moise Plancher rushed for a game-high 135 yards on 21 carries.

Plancher helped the Bulls score the game's go-ahead touchdown with 9:33 to go in the fourth by taking a carry inside the Rutgers' 5-yard line, leaping through the air and before the goal line fumbling the ball, which was recovered by teammate Jacob Sims for the score.

The Scarlet Knights travel to Syracuse Saturday, Nov. 13 to take on the Orange at 3:30 p.m.