50/50 chance: Scott sets TD record in 1 quarter
TAMPA -- In USF's 15-year history, no player entering Saturday night's game had managed to get a 50-yard touchdown reception and 50-yard rushing score in the same season.
Junior running back Darrell Scott did that in the same quarter during the Bulls' 70-14 romp of I-AA Florida A&M at Raymond James Stadium.
Scott had played well early, scoring on a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but he took over in the second quarter, starting with a 56-yard touchdown run through the middle of the Rattlers defense. Then, just seven minutes later, he took a screen pass from Daniels and followed blockers for an 84-yard touchdown reception, the third-longest scoring catch in USF history. Not bad for a 245-pounder.
"Darrell Scott is a load," coach Skip Holtz said. "It wasn't like it was turn the corner and run to the end zone. He had to make one miss, which is what you normally have to do on a big run. I thought he did a great job of making people miss in the open field. ... He's starting to feel more and more comfortable back there. ... He's getting to the safety with a plan."
By the end of the third quarter, Scott had rushed for 146 yards and a third touchdown, which put him over 200 yards of total offense on the night in just his third game with the Bulls. Scott, who transferred from Colorado last year and sat out last season under NCAA rules, played well enough in the first two games that he earned his first career start Saturday.
EMPTY THE BENCH: USF had 34 different players credited with a tackle in Saturday's win -- only two, defensive tackle Elkino Watson (seven) and linebacker Mike Jeune (four) -- had more than three tackles. Twelve offensive players had gains of 10 yards or longer, and five Bulls had their first career catches, including Florida transfer Mike McFarland (Blake), who had an 8-yard grab.
ONE MORE TRY: Holtz said when he learned that B.J. Daniels was 5 yards short of Matt Grothe's school record of 382 yards, he twice brought Daniels into the game to try to set the record. Daniels missed on the first pass, and hit receiver Derrick Hopkins for exactly 5 yards on the second, leaving him tied with Grothe for the Bulls record.
NOT ALL PERFECT: The Bulls had held opponents scoreless in the first half against Notre Dame and Ball State, but that scoreless streak ended early in the second quarter when Florida A&M picked off a Bobby Eveld pass and returned it to the USF 7-yard line.
The Bulls looked to have kept the shutout intact somehow when safety Mark Joyce picked off a Rattler pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown, but that play was negated by a defensive holding penalty, and FAMU scored on a 4-yard pass to Lavante Page.
TRIBUTE: One week after the Bulls paid tribute to the late Lee Roy Selmon with No. 63 decals for every fan in attendance, the Bulls again remembered their former athletic director when his family -- wife Claybra and children Brandy, Lee Roy Jr. and Chris, all USF graduates -- took the field for the coin toss ceremony before the game. USF had its four captains -- quarterback B.J. Daniels, center Chaz Hine, cornerback Quenton Washington and safety Jerrell Young.
THIS AND THAT: USF hadn't had a pass play longer than 24 yards in the first two games, but B.J. Daniels beat that on his first attempt, a 43-yard touchdown to receiver A.J. Love. ... USF was just as dominant on third downs, a problem in the past -- through three quarters, the Bulls went 9-for-10, the lone exception coming on Demetris Murray's fumble in the first quarter. ... The last time Florida A&M came to Tampa in 2005, the Bulls won 37-3 -- USF had more points by halftime on Saturday.