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1053543 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2009-11-21 20:34:04.0 UTC 2009-11-21T15:34:04.000-05:00 daniels-deftly-delivers Published 2009-11-22 05:35:23.0 UTC 2009-11-22T00:35:23.000-05:00 sports/college DTI 57166670 TAMPA — There were enough wild ups and downs to match USF's promising, frustrating season in a single afternoon, but in the end, there was enough B.J. Daniels for Bulls fans to breathe a collective sigh of relief. Daniels threw for 304 yards and rushed for 141, both personal bests, and the Bulls escaped with a 34-22 victory against Louisville, a win that assures USF of playing in a bowl game for a fifth consecutive year. "You know, we got a win," said Bulls coach Jim Leavitt, unhappy with his team's uneven performance before a Raymond James Stadium crowd announced at 49,388. "I guess it's always good to win a game. I mean that. I don't mean that in a bad way. I'm thinking about some mistakes we've got to correct and get better." Still, the Bulls (7-3, 3-3) have more Big East wins than last season, and some much-needed momentum on offense heading into a final home game against Miami on Saturday. A week after the Bulls were held to 159 yards in a 31-0 loss at Rutgers, they piled up 160 yards on their first two drives, finishing with 538. Daniels, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, became the first Big East player to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game. "It's big for our morale and our team confidence," Daniels said. "It was really important for us to get back on a winning track, click on all cylinders and come out with a win." The Bulls jumped to a 14-0 lead, with Daniels engineering two 80-yard touchdown drives, the first ending on a pass to Dontavia Bogan, the second on a 2-yard run by Mo Plancher after Daniels converted a fourth and 1. "They knew we didn't play very well last week," offensive coordinator Mike Canales said. "I was embarrassed by the way we played, but we showed we can rebound, that we have the ability to do that. Our kids executed, and I'm just so proud of them." But Louisville (4-7, 1-5) stormed back in the second quarter, first with a field goal, then a touchdown to receiver Scott Long, then a 16-14 lead after a 60-yard punt return by Trent Guy. USF got the lead back on a field goal just before halftime, but the Bulls so needed an emotional boost that Leavitt cut a bloody gash in the bridge of his nose giving a motivational headbutt to a player's helmet (see separate story). The sacrifice worked, as USF opened the second half with another 80-yard touchdown drive, with Daniels converting two third downs on passes to receiver A.J. Love, then scoring on a 20-yard scramble. USF led 27-16 late in the third, but went for it on fourth and 2 from the Louisville 24 and missed, and Louisville went 77 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth, cutting the lead to 27-22. The Cardinals had one chance for a go-ahead touchdown, but USF's defense didn't allow them past midfield. Daniels capped a 75-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, two plays after he hit tight end Ben Busbee for a crucial 28-yard gain. Bouncing back from a stretch of three losses in four games, the win takes some pressure off USF heading into a much-anticipated home game against Miami, another shot to beat a major in-state opponent. "We've got a big one coming up this week," said safety Nate Allen, who had his fourth interception for USF's only takeaway. "It should be fun this week." Greg Auman can be reached at auman@sptimes.com. Check his blog at blogs.tampabay.com/usf. By Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer College,breaking-news,USF,Sports,Mobile Top Sports Stories Daniels deftly delivers MSTEPHENSONN The quarterback accounts for 445 yards as the Bulls earn a fifth straight bowl berth. 2STX Bucs 2 Star Daniels deftly delivers 1 cfb_usf112209-2STX Daniels deftly delivers 2009-11-22 05:00:00.0 UTC 2009-11-22T00:00:00.000-05:00 Running back Mo Plancher scores from 2 yards to give USF a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The senior gained 68 yards on 17 carries.&#65279; resources/images/dti/2009/11/C4S_usfjumpA112209_95174a.jpg CHRIS ZUPPA | Times resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/11/C4S_usfjumpA112209_95174a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/11/C4S_usfjumpA112209_95174a_8col.jpg Bulls wide receiver Dontavia Bogan gets a lift from guard Jeremiah Warren after a 16-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, the first points of the game.&#65279; resources/images/dti/2009/11/C4S_usfB112209_95175a.jpg CHRIS ZUPPA | Times resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/11/C4S_usfB112209_95175a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/11/C4S_usfB112209_95175a_8col.jpg USF quarterback B.J. Daniels maneuvers between the pylon and cornerback Johnny Patrick to cap a 20-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of a bowl-clinching win against Louisville.&#65279; resources/images/dti/2009/11/C4S_usfA112209_95176a.jpg CHRIS ZUPPA | Times resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/11/C4S_usfA112209_95176a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/11/C4S_usfA112209_95176a_8col.jpg B.J. Daniels threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead the USF Bulls to a 34-22 victory over the Louisville Cardinals today in Tampa. USF bounces back from a 31-0 shutout at Rutgers, piling up 538 yards and becomes bowl-eligible heading into next week's Miami game. B.J. Daniels, USF football, USF Bulls, South Florida Bulls, USF B.J. Daniels, A.J. Love Photo gallery USF 34, Louisville 22 http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/photo_galleries/112109usflouisville/usflville300.jpg http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/photo_galleries/112109usflouisville/ true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/11/21/57166670-daniels-deftly-delivers StaffArticle sports,usfUSF SportsB.J. Daniels, USF football, USF Bulls, South Florida Bulls, USF B.J. Daniels, A.J. LoveGreg Auman 383087 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:34:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:34:18.000-04:00 greg-auman published Greg Auman <p>Greg Auman has been at the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745364 Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3346</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:gauman@tampabay.com">auman@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blog: <a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/">Bucs Beat</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/gregauman">@GregAuman</a></p> 1 11/09/06 TP_248528_GARN_redesign_10 Caption: (Tampa, Fl 08/28/2006) Greg Auman; St. Petersburg Times staffer sig. Times Photo by Joseph Garnett, Jr.writes a column for the St. Petersburg Times. /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Auman_Greg_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745364-greg-auman AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:34:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:34:18.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">GREG AUMAN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2286042 2016-07-20 02:35:16.0 UTC 1 Month Ago ex-ray-delivers-big-hit-for-mets sports Ex-Ray delivers big hit for Mets StaffArticle 2282277 2016-06-19 01:22:10.0 UTC 2 Months Ago daniel-suarez-resets-goals-after-first-xfinity-series-win sports/autoracing Daniel Suarez resets goals after first Xfinity series win StaffArticle 2279557 2016-05-30 19:32:34.0 UTC 3 Months Ago st-petersburgs-danielle-collins-wins-second-ncaa-tennis-title sports/tennis St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins wins second NCAA tennis title StaffArticle <p> TAMPA — There were enough wild ups and downs to match USF's promising, frustrating season in a single afternoon, but in the end, there was enough B.J. Daniels for Bulls fans to breathe a collective sigh of relief. </p> <p> Daniels threw for 304 yards and rushed for 141, both personal bests, and the Bulls escaped with a 34-22 victory against Louisville, a win that assures USF of playing in a bowl game for a fifth consecutive year. </p> <p> &quot;You know, we got a win,&quot; said Bulls coach Jim Leavitt, unhappy with his team's uneven performance before a Raymond James Stadium crowd announced at 49,388. &quot;I guess it's always good to win a game. I mean that. I don't mean that in a bad way. I'm thinking about some mistakes we've got to correct and get better.&quot; </p> <p> Still, the Bulls (7-3, 3-3) have more Big East wins than last season, and some much-needed momentum on offense heading into a final home game against Miami on Saturday. </p> <p> A week after the Bulls were held to 159 yards in a 31-0 loss at Rutgers, they piled up 160 yards on their first two drives, finishing with 538. </p> <p> Daniels, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, became the first Big East player to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game. </p> <p> &quot;It's big for our morale and our team confidence,&quot; Daniels said. &quot;It was really important for us to get back on a winning track, click on all cylinders and come out with a win.&quot; </p> <p> The Bulls jumped to a 14-0 lead, with Daniels engineering two 80-yard touchdown drives, the first ending on a pass to Dontavia Bogan, the second on a 2-yard run by Mo Plancher after Daniels converted a fourth and 1. </p> <p> &quot;They knew we didn't play very well last week,&quot; offensive coordinator Mike Canales said. &quot;I was embarrassed by the way we played, but we showed we can rebound, that we have the ability to do that. Our kids executed, and I'm just so proud of them.&quot; </p> <p> But Louisville (4-7, 1-5) stormed back in the second quarter, first with a field goal, then a touchdown to receiver Scott Long, then a 16-14 lead after a 60-yard punt return by Trent Guy. </p> <p> USF got the lead back on a field goal just before halftime, but the Bulls so needed an emotional boost that Leavitt cut a bloody gash in the bridge of his nose giving a motivational headbutt to a player's helmet (see separate story). </p> <p> The sacrifice worked, as USF opened the second half with another 80-yard touchdown drive, with Daniels converting two third downs on passes to receiver A.J. Love, then scoring on a 20-yard scramble. </p> <p> USF led 27-16 late in the third, but went for it on fourth and 2 from the Louisville 24 and missed, and Louisville went 77 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth, cutting the lead to 27-22. </p> <p> The Cardinals had one chance for a go-ahead touchdown, but USF's defense didn't allow them past midfield. </p> <p> Daniels capped a 75-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, two plays after he hit tight end Ben Busbee for a crucial 28-yard gain. </p> <p> Bouncing back from a stretch of three losses in four games, the win takes some pressure off USF heading into a much-anticipated home game against Miami, another shot to beat a major in-state opponent. </p> <p> &quot;We've got a big one coming up this week,&quot; said safety Nate Allen, who had his fourth interception for USF's only takeaway. &quot;It should be fun this week.&quot; </p> <p> <i>Greg Auman can be reached at auman@sptimes.com. Check his blog at blogs.tampabay.com/usf.</i> </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:26:20