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South Florida 48, Charlotte 14

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Byrum Brown threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score to help South Florida become eligible for a bowl game by closing out the regular season with a 48-14 victory over Charlotte.

Charlotte (3-9, 2-6 American Athletic Conference) grabbed a 7-0 lead on the opening possession of the game when Joachim Bangda's 2-yard touchdown run capped a nine-play, 71-yard drive. South Florida (6-6, 4-3) pulled even on Brown's 10-yard touchdown pass to Sean Atkins. The tying score came one play after the 49ers failed to convert on fourth-and-1 at their own 10-yard line.

South Florida regained the lead on a trick play when Atkins threw a 62-yard scoring strike to Kelley Joiner midway through the second quarter. The Bulls took a 21-7 advantage into halftime on Brown's 4-yard touchdown toss to Joiner with 52 seconds left.

Brown connected with Jaden Alexis for a 60-yard touchdown and the Bulls took a three-score lead just two plays into the third quarter. The 49ers needed only five plays to answer, scoring on freshman Steven Johnson's first touchdown pass in his first appearance - a 47-yarder to Jairus Mack, to get within 28-14 at the 12:09 mark. That was as close as they would get.

John Cannon kicked two field goals, Brown ran 35 yards for a score and the Bulls led 41-14 after three quarters. Brown had a 1-yard scoring toss to Naiem Simmons for the lone score of the fourth quarter.

Brown completed 22 of 30 passes for 253 yards with one interception for the Bulls. Michel Dukes rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries. Joiner finished with four catches for 71 yards.

Trexler Ivey totaled 98 yards on 13-of-22 passing with two interceptions for Charlotte. Johnson was 3-of-6 passing for 67 yards with one interception. Mack had four receptions for 87 yards.

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CharUSF
Char TD 10:13 Joachim Bangda 2 yd run (Jake Larson kick) 7 0
USF TD 3:27 Sean Atkins 10 yd pass from Byrum Brown (John Cannon kick) 7 7
Second Quarter CharUSF
USF TD 8:07 Kelley Joiner 62 yd pass from Sean Atkins (John Cannon kick) 7 14
USF TD 0:52 Kelley Joiner 4 yd pass from Byrum Brown (John Cannon kick) 7 21
Third Quarter CharUSF
USF TD 14:34 Jaden Alexis 60 yd pass from Byrum Brown (John Cannon kick) 7 28
Char TD 12:09 Jairus Mack 47 yd pass from Steven Johnson (Jake Larson kick) 14 28
USF FG 9:09 John Cannon 22 yd FG 14 31
USF TD 7:54 Byrum Brown 35 yd run (John Cannon kick) 14 38
USF FG 2:08 John Cannon 31 yd FG 14 41
Fourth Quarter CharUSF
USF TD 12:45 Naiem Simmons 1 yd pass from Byrum Brown (John Cannon kick) 14 48
Team Stats
  Charlotte South Florida
First downs 15 23
  Rushing 6 10
  Passing 7 11
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 1-13, 8% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 0-4, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 40-133 37-188
Passing Yards 165 315
Return Yards 176 112
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-28-3 23-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--12 1--8
Punts 5 3
Punts-Average 40.4 39.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-71 4-25
Time of Possession 34:24 25:36
Charlotte Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Ivey 13 22 98 0 2
S. Johnson 3 6 67 1 1
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Brown 22 30 253 4 1
S. Atkins 1 1 62 1 0
N. Wright 0 1 0 0 0
Charlotte Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Wilson 16 77 4.8 0
J. Bangda 18 49 2.7 1
S. Johnson 3 9 3.0 0
T. Ivey 1 3 3.0 0
H. Rutledge 1 0 0.0 0
D. Thomas Jr. 1 -5 -5.0 0
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Dukes 15 104 6.9 0
B. Brown 8 43 5.4 1
K. Joiner 4 33 8.3 0
Y. Young 2 6 3.0 0
B. Archie 1 2 2.0 0
N. Wright 7 0 0.0 0
Charlotte Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Mack 4 87 21.8 1
J. Bangda 3 29 9.7 0
D. Thomas Jr. 2 27 13.5 0
R. Fields Jr. 1 8 8.0 0
G. McGee 1 6 6.0 0
C. Weber 2 5 2.5 0
J. Bearns III 1 3 3.0 0
H. Wilson 1 0 0.0
0
M. Baker II 1 0 0.0
0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Joiner 4 71 17.8 2
J. Alexis 2 65 32.5 1
S. Atkins 7 61 8.7 1
K. Brown 4 38 9.5 0
W. Wolff 2 33 16.5 0
Y. Terry 2 30 15.0 0
N. Simmons 2 17 8.5 1
Charlotte Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Fagan 1 0
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Evans 1 34
M. Harris 1 20
L. Berryhill 1 0
Charlotte Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Gonya 5 202 40.4
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Stokes 3 118 39.3
Charlotte Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Atkins 2 7 3.5
Charlotte Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Rutledge 4 114 28.5
D. Thomas Jr. 3 62 20.7
R. Williford 1 0 0
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Hill 1 51 51.0
Charlotte Missed FG
Player Length
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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