USF Regains Winning Ways, 30-19 Over No. 20 West Virginia
Photos by Carl Wagenfohr
USF QB B.J. Daniels gained 13 yards on this 1st quarter rush to the WV 19-yard line. Kicker Eric Schwartz later scored a field goal that put USF up 10-7
TAMPA -South Florida's B.J. Daniels gave West Virginia fits with his arm and his feet.
The entertaining redshirt freshman quarterback threw for 232 yards and rushed for 104 more to account for more offense than the 20th-ranked Mountaineers managed as a team in the Bulls' 30-19 victory Friday night.
Daniels threw for three touchdowns, and the Bulls rebounded from two subpar defensive performances to frustrate West Virginia running back Noel Devine and beat their Big East rival for the third time in four years.
The Bulls (6-2, 2-2) allowed 75 points and 887 yards in conference losses to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh the previous two weeks, yet found a way to hold Devine to his lowest rushing total of the season.
In stopping their two-game slide, the Bulls hope they have pulled out of a funk that contributed to midseason swoons that also followed promising starts that lifted them into the Top 25 in 2007 and 2008.
''I guess a lot of people doubted us and thought we were going to go down the same patch we did the last two years,'' said Daniels, who had 336 yards total offense to West Virginia's 323. ''That was a lot of garbage that our team didn't listen to.''
The Bulls will next travel to New Jersey on November 12 to take on Rutgers. The game will be televised on ESPN.
USF will host Louisville at Raymond James Stadium on November 21 in their annual homecoming game. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
Running Back Moise Plancher, #3 left, gained 28 yards on this 3rd quarter run, setting the stage for a touchdown that put USF safely ahead, 27-19.
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