As originally posted here.
The USF Bulls defeated the Ball State Cardinals 37-7 Saturday night in front of a raucous home crowd at Raymond James Stadium. The game started similarly to last week’s against Notre Dame when the Bulls recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff return and went 17 yards for a touchdown.
The Bulls did not look back as they poured it on the Cardinals for 30 additional points in a performance that would have made Lee Roy Selmon proud. Players wore Selmon’s No. 63 on the back of their helmets in dedication of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Hall of Famer and former USF athletic director who died on Sept. 4.
The shutout broke late in the fourth quarter when Ball State’s Jahwan Edwards ran for 13 yards for the team’s lone touchdown.
The stifling defense held Ball State to 217 overall yards while the Bulls produced 519 (372 passing and 147 rushing). Quarterback B.J. Daniels threw for 359 yards and one touchdown while the combined efforts of Darrell Scott and Demetrius Murray ran for 130 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.
Kicker Marikon Bonani made three field goals out of five attempts. After the Bulls dominating first half 30-0, head coach Skip Holtz mostly played reserves to finish the remainder of the game.
The Bulls will face Florida A&M on Sept. 17 at home.