USF ends losing streak, routs Syracuse, 37-17

As originally posted here.

USF snapped a four-game losing streak and won its first Big East conference game against Syracuse 37-17 on Nov. 11 at the Carrier Dome.

Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels accounted for 371 of the 490 total yards completing 23 of 24 passes for 254 yards, ran for 117 yards and a touchdown. Running back Darrell Scott ran for 86 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. The Bulls ran for 236 yards. Receivers Andre Davis and Victor Marc combined for six catches for 108 yards.

The Bulls never trailed the entire game, jumping ahead 10-0 into the second quarter before the Orange responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib to Alec Lemon in a 5-play, 52-yard drive with 5:40 left in the half to make it 10-7. After a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the kickoff, Daniels completed a 43-yard pass to Davis before capping off the drive with his own two-yard touchdown run. Syracuse and USF traded field goals to close the half at 20-10. Bonani was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals.

After a Maikon Bonani field goal in the third quarter, the Bulls pulled away driving for a 9-play, 83-yard drive finishing off with a two-yard Demetris Murray touchdown run making it 30-10 with 5:19 left to put the game out of reach. Syracuse and USF traded touchdowns to close out the game.

Nassib completed 23 of 46 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Lemon had a big day catching 10 receptions for 179 yards and both scores. Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey ran for 65 yards on 18 carries.

The biggest surprise was how relatively clean the game was with the only turnover belonging to a Marc fumble after he caught a 33-yard pass in the third quarter with 6:40 left to play. The Bulls were penalized 10 times for 84 yards while Syracuse was penalized seven times for 86 yards.

The Bulls will come back home to play against interstate rival Miami Hurricanes on Nov. 19 at Raymond James Stadium.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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