Florida (2-0) overwhelmed USF (1-1) and won 38-14. Five turnovers killed the Bulls chances of pulling off the upset in Gainesville. The turnover that damaged USF the most, was the quarterback running back exchange. With the game tied at 7-7 and USF driving deep into Florida territory, B.J. Daniels handed it off to running back Demetris Murray and he fumbled and it was recovered by Florida’s Duke Lemmens on his own 12 yard line. Three plays later, the Gators scored on a Jeffery Demps ( player of the game ) 62 yard touchdown run and Florida never looked back. The Gators put the pedal to the metal and Florida scored 21 points in the third quarter, that is where this game was won by Florida.
The Bulls chances of pulling off the upset was looking good early after a very impressive opening drive. The Bulls went 96 yards on 17 plays and finished the drive with a Daniels 2 yard touchdown pass to senior T.E. Andrew Ketchel. The Bulls pushed the Gators around up front during that first possession and ran at will as they took an early 7-0 lead. Florida came out of the blocks a tad slow and their offense looked out of rhythm most of the first half. USF should have gone into the locker room with a 7-0 lead but a B.J. Daniels interception set up the Gators on the Bulls side of the field. Three plays later John Brantley throws an 11 yard touchdown pass to Carl Moore and the game is tied at 7-7 going into halftime.
Quick thoughts After watching this game today and watching some of the other Big East teams, the Bulls have a legitmate chance of winning the conference. Obviously they’ll have to take care of the ball better and stop with the delay of game penalties and false starts. Those mistakes will drive a coaching staff nuts… unforced errors. The Bulls now play two teams ( Western Kentucky and FAU ) that they should beat and the Bulls should have all sorts of momentum going into Big East play and that is when the fun will start!
Quick Observation B .J. Daniels MUST improve throwing the football ( stating the obvious here ) if he wants to get to that next level. If I’m Skip Holtz, I would want Daniels throwing the football at least 30 times in each of the next two games. That is why you have Western Kentucky and FAU on the schedule. These games are glorified scrimmages and the Bulls can work out some kinks when playing these less than stellar teams.
About the Author
Written by Brian Joyce
Hi my name is Brian and I currently reside in the Sarasota area. I'm currently an online student with Southern New Hampshire University going for my Bachelor's in Communications. New Hampshire is close to my heart because I got married there in October of 2011. I was an intern with the local ABC station here in Sarasota last summer and it lasted until the winter. I had a blast and loved putting together highlights for the live sportscasts. I have also interned at WSRQ radio in Sarasota. Currently working for State College of Florida with their hoops team and softball team. I was at Tropicana Field, back in October of 2008 when the Rays won the AL. David Price came out of the bullpen that night and got Jed Lowrie to ground out and the dome went nuts! TB had a losing season every year until 2008, it was a magical season for the Rays.