University of South Florida senior LB Brouce Mompremier's career is likely over.
Mompremier, who suffered a neck injury against FIU on Sept. 20 then suffered a head injury at Louisville last week, did not play Thursday night against Cincinnati.
"I don't want to say no, but it's doubtful he'll play again," USF coach Jim Leavitt said.
Other injury news:
RBs Mike Ford (ankle) and Jamar Taylor (ankle) and TE Trent Pupello (concussion) did not play.
The Bulls did regain the services of RG Zach Hermann, who started the first two games but had been out six games with a broken foot.
Also, freshman RT Danous Estenor made his first career start in place of senior Marc Dile, who came in during the first half. RB Richard Kelly also made his first career start. Quenton Washington started at cornerback for a second consecutive game.
TE Ben Busbee left the game with a back injury and RG Ryan Schmidt (leg) left in the fourth quarter
For the sixth consecutive season, USF will finish with at least three losses in conference play.
The Bulls, who are 1-3 in the Big East, finished 4-3 in their first three seasons in the conference. In Conference USA, they were 3-5 in 2004 and 5-3 in 2003.
The Bulls also fell to 0-5 when favored by a touchdown or less in Big East road games.
CAPTAIN LIKE IT'S 1999
Juniors Matt Grothe and George Selvie were the first underclassmen to serve as USF's game captains since 1999. Bulls coach Jim Leavitt had selected only seniors for the past nine years.
Seniors Tyrone McKenzie and Jake Griffin joined Grothe and Selvie as USF's captains.
THE E.A. JINX?
Thursday's game was USF's fourth featuring Tampa's Erin Andrews as the sideline reporter. The Bulls lost the previous three - at Oklahoma (2002, TBS), at Rutgers (2007, ESPN) and Pitt (2008, ESPN).
"I'm really a superstitious person also and I'm sorry the fans feel that way," Andrews said. "I can understand where they're coming from."
USF continued to be plagued by penalties. The Bulls, who are averaging 8.62 penalties a game, had six in the first half. The Bulls also were called twice for pass interference, but Cincinnati made the catch each time and declined the penalties.
THIRD DOWN: WOE TO WOW
Cincinnati entered Thursday's game having failed to convert its previous 25 third-down conversions. Against USF, the Bearcats converted four of five third downs in the first half, including a third-and-9 and two third-and-10s.
USF senior LS Eric Setser, who went to high school in Richmond, Ohio, had about 14 friends and family members at the game.
Last week at Louisville, Setser, who grew up in Kentucky, had 24 friends and family members in attendance.
IT'S ONLY A FLESH WOUND
Playing with a plate and six screws in his left (non-throwing) arm, Cincinnati junior Tony Pike made his second consecutive start since returning from a broken arm.
Pike left last week's game at UConn after his left hand went numb.