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Hauling it in: Taurus Johnson catches a TD pass from Matt Grothe in front of Chris Harris in the third quarter Friday.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Hauling it in: Taurus Johnson catches a TD pass from Matt Grothe in front of Chris Harris in the third quarter Friday.

TAMPA — For a half Friday against No. 13 Kansas, USF had nearly abandoned its running game. But the No. 19 Bulls found it in the third quarter in sophomore Jamar Taylor.

After giving its running backs only four carries in the first half, USF put the ball in Taylor's hands, and he delivered. Taylor had runs of 13 and 19 yards on the first drive, which ended with a field goal, and a 20-yarder to set up the tying touchdown on the next.

Momentum shifted when Taylor broke through for a 13-yard touchdown late in the third that gave USF a 27-20 lead. Taylor had 69 yards in the third, more than he had in any game.

With USF's top two running backs still recovering from ankle injuries, the Bulls made little attempt at a running game, putting the offensive burden squarely on quarterback Matt Grothe.

The Bulls ran the ball only eight times in the first half — against 26 passes — and Grothe had half of the carries. Among the Bulls' 172 yards of offense before halftime, Grothe accounted for 163 (95 percent).

Mike Ford and Ben Williams, who injured their ankles during the season-opening win against Tennessee-Martin, were nonfactors for the second week in a row. Ford didn't play last week at UCF, and Williams had one carry for a 1-yard loss. Friday, Ford had one carry for 3 yards in the first half while Williams caught one pass for a 1-yard loss.

USF had at least 33 rushing attempts in all 13 games last season and averaged 48 in their first two wins this year.

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Florida State vs. Chattanooga

3:45, Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee

Records: FSU 1-0, Chattanooga 1-1

TV/radio: ESPNU; 1470-AM

Line: None

Weather: 90 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain

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