University of South Florida coach Skip Holtz said his team has moved on from Thursday night's 23-13 home loss against Rutgers in the Big East Conference opener.
"We tell our players we have 24 hours to celebrate a win and 24 hours to mourn a loss,'' Holtz said. "We have to move forward.''
Now the Bulls (2-1) get what might be an unanticipated non-conference challenge — a trip to Mid-American Conference member Ball State (2-1), which is coming off a 41-39 victory at Indiana, clinched by Steven Schott's final-play 42-yard field goal.
The Cardinals, who lost at Clemson 52-27, are averaging 472 yards of total offense per game.
"They (USF) look a whole lot like Clemson on film,'' said Ball State coach Pete Lembo, whose team lost against USF 37-7 in Tampa last season. "They're big, strong, fast and they pack a lot of punch once they get there.''
Lembo, too, said the Cardinals want to move on from their emotional win at Indiana, but "it's pretty easy to move on once you turn on the film and see the guys that South Florida has running around.''
WAITING ON TIME: USF's Sept. 29 home game against No. 4-ranked Florida State still doesn't have a definitive kickoff time. The ABC/ESPN networks exercised a six-day option, meaning a decision is due by Sunday. USF-FSU will begin no earlier than 3:30 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.