TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Marquel Blackwell and South Florida continue to roll at home.
Blackwell passed for 220 yards and one touchdown as the Bulls extended their winning streak at Raymond James Stadium to 19 games with a 29-7 triumph over No. 25 Bowling Green.
The Bulls' home streak is second only to No. 1 Miami's 20-game tear at the Orange Bowl.
"I was really taken back by our football team," said South Florida coach Jim Leavitt, whose team improved to 8-2. "At the end I was emotional because I was so impressed with the way our players played."
South Florida, which will join Conference USA next season, trailed Bowling Green (8-2) after Josh Harris's five-yard run less than three minutes into the contest. But Blackwell answered with a 42-yard strike to Chris Iskra, and the Bulls took the lead for good on a safety to 1:01 to play in the quarter.
DeJuan Green and Clenton Crossley added second-quarter touchdown runs of nine and three yards, respectively, to make it 23-7 at the half, and Santiago Gramatica added a 38-yard field goal late in the third quarter and a 31-yarder early in the fourth to close the scoring.
"We knew coming into this game exactly what we were getting into," said Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer. "I don't think anyone was shocked at the speed and at the level of talent that our opponent had. (But) I was extremely disappointed in our offense - that's two weeks in a row we were beaten to the punch."
Bowling Green has dropped back-to-back games and will fall out of the national rankings.
Blackwell, who was 21-of-40 without an interception, finished his South Florida career with a 24-1 mark at Raymond James Stadium.
Harris went 10-of-24 for 84 yards and one interception. He also ran for 68.
South Florida limited Bowling Green, which was the only team in the country to average 230 yards rushing and passing, to just 13 first downs and 226 total yards.
"We were not physical and that needs to be addressed," Meyer said. "I need to find out why. The first blame goes out to the group of nine assistant coaches and the head man, and that's me. We need to find out why, whether we need to change the way we practice."
"Bowling Green has a tremendous football team," Leavitt said. "To hold that team to just seven points and those seven came on a short field at the beginning is truly remarkable. I don't know what I can say about our coaches and players carrying out the game plan because that's about as good of a defense as I've seen play against such a highly explosive offense."