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South Florida Upsets Cincinnati

Posted By Brian Joyce On Oct 23 2010 @ 11:53 am In South Florida | No Comments

Struggling quarterback B.J. Daniels busted out last night and busted out in a big way. Daniels was 13-16, 286 yards and threw for 2 touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns  but the  most important number of the night, zero interceptions. Daniels completed passes to six different receivers as the Bulls pulled off the upset by defeating the two time defending  Big East champs 38-30 at Cincinnati. Going into the game, the Bearcats had won 13 consecutive Big East games but the Bulls put a stop to all of that last night by shredding the Cincinnati defense for 380 total yards.

Daniels had his best game of the season and picked a perfect time to do so. Daniels accounted for 321 total yards, USF also had some big plays on offense ( four of 30 yards or more ) and the most shocking number of all, the Bulls were 7 for 12 on third down. In six previous games, the Bulls only converted 17 third downs, ranking them near the bottom among 120 Division I-A teams. The Bulls offense bailed out the “D” who gave up nearly 600 yards, the most ever allowed by the Bulls in school history.  Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros ( 30 for 53, 463 yards, three touchdowns, 1 interception ). For the first time in school history, Cincinnati had three receivers with over 100 yards receiving.

Daniels was a part of two touchdowns in a very productive second quarter.   The first came when the Bulls went 13 plays on 86 yards, with Daniels running it in from 3 yards out.  The second touchdown of the quarter, came when Daniels found a wide open Evan Landi for 31 yards. The Bulls also added  a 31 yard field goal by Maikon Bonani, making it 17 points in the second quarter and a 17-13 lead at the half. South Florida’s defense gave 231 yards in the first half, but held the Bearcats to two field goals after getting into the red zone. At one point, the Bearcats had a first and goal at the 4 yard line but settled for their second field goal of the first half.

With the Bulls leading 17-16 in the third quarter, Daniels and the offense put the petal to the metal and put together three consecutive scoring drives that essentially put the game away. Big plays were the name of the game for the Bulls in the third quarter. Daniels hit Dontavia  Bogan for 64 yards down the sideline, that set up a 2 yard touchdown run by Demetris Murray. One play after the USF “D” stuffed Cincinnati on a fourth and one.  Daniels found a wide open ( did I  mention wide open? ) Faron Hornes for a 70 yard touchdown, the longest play for the Bulls this season. In the third quarter alone, Daniels threw for 134 yards on three passes. The final dagger to the Bearcats, came when Daniels escaped the Cincinnati pass rush and found a wide open Murray who went 39 yards to the Cincinnati two yard line. Three plays later, Daniels scored from a yard out and that put the Bulls up 15 with 9:32 left in the game. After that, Cincinnati went 80 yards on 12 plays and the Bearcats final touchdown of the night, was a pass from Collaros to Armon Binns for 15 yards. The Bulls had a chance to put the game away for good, but went three and out and had to punt to the Bearcats. On a night where the offense’s on both sides went up and down the field,  the Bearcats had one final chance to tie the game. With starting quarterback Collaros out with a leg injury, backup quarterback Chazz Anderson drove Cincinnati all the way to the South Florida 16 yard line. Anderson and the Bearcats were facing a fourth and five with 16 seconds left, but the drive stalled as USF came up with there biggest stop of the night and the Bulls would get there first Big East victory of the season.

Next game for the Bulls: Another week night game, home against Rutgers Nov. 3

Fast Fact: South Florida got their first  ever win at Cincinnati. In three previous games against the Bearcats,  the Bulls lost by an average of 17 points.

Finally: With Daniels finding  the end zone with a  three yard touchdown run last night. The last touchdown scored by the USF offense was on Oct. 2 in a game against FAU. That covers just over 9 quarters of football and twenty calendar days. Now that is a drought folks!

State Of The Bulls: With the victory last night, the Bulls are above water at 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Big East play.   The Bulls now have thirteen days until there next game. The offense shredded apart Cincinnati, so the Bulls have a lot to build on going into the Rutgers game. This is Skip Holtz’s most significant win as head coach of the Bulls, but I suspect there will be more to follow down the road, not only this season but years to come! The “D” gave up a ton of yards but this just in, so will everyone else when they face Cincinnati. The Bearcats have a very explosive offense but a very generous defense. Ask B.J. Daniels and his thoughts about the generous “D” of the Bearcats?  After three Big East games, I was hoping the Bulls would be 2-1  but they lost to Syracuse and how that happened, I still have no idea. 2-1 in Big East play and 5-2 overall would look much better but that is how it goes.

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