Bearcats Fall at USF
gobearcats.COM Michael Pierre (45) runs with the ball as linebacker Nick Temple (43) defends. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
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Michael Pierre (45) runs with the ball as linebacker Nick Temple (43) defends. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
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Oct. 05, 2013

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Nate Godwin scored on a long blocked field goal return and DeDe Lattimore scooped up a fumble for another touchdown Saturday night to help South Florida begin American Athletic Conference play with a 26-20 victory over Cincinnati, which was playing for the first time since one of its players was killed in a car accident.

The Bearcats (3-2, 0-1) spent a difficult bye week grieving, attending red-shirt freshman Ben Flick's funeral and making hospital visits in addition to practicing. They were looking forward to playing a game to help things get back to normal.

Two hours before kickoff, the entire Cincinnati team gathered at the midfield at Raymond James Stadium, forming a circle around the USF logo to pray. A moment of silence in Flick's memory was observed before the opening kickoff. Two other players were injured in the wreck, and one of them remains hospitalized.