TAMPA — In USF's 15-year history, no player before Saturday night's game had managed to get a 50-yard touchdown reception and 50-yard rushing score in the same season.
Junior RB Darrell Scott did that in the same quarter during the Bulls' 70-17 romp of I-AA Florida A&M at Raymond James Stadium.
Scott had played well early, scoring on a 6-yard run 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. Seven minutes later, he took a screen pass from QB B.J. 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."
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.
Empty the bench: USF had 34 players credited with a tackle in the win. Only two — DT Elkino Watson (seven) and LB 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 High), who had an 8-yard grab.
One more try: Holtz said that when he learned Daniels was 5 yards short of Matt Grothe's school record of 382 passing yards in a game, he twice brought Daniels back to try to set the record. Daniels missed on the first pass and hit WR Derrick Hopkins for 5 yards on the second, tying him with Grothe.
Not all perfect: The Bulls had held opponents scoreless in the first half against Notre Dame and Ball State, but that streak ended early in the second quarter when FAMU picked off Bobby Eveld's pass and returned it to the USF 7-yard line. The Bulls looked to have kept the shutout intact when S Mark Joyce picked off a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown, but that play was negated by a defensive holding penalty. FAMU scored on a 4-yard pass from Austin Trainor 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: Daniels, C Chaz Hine, CB Quenton Washington and S Jerrell Young.
This and that: USF hadn't had a pass play longer than 24 yards in the first two games, but Daniels beat that on his first attempt, a 43-yard touchdown to WR A.J. Love. … USF was dominant on third downs. Through three quarters, the Bulls went 9-for-10, the lone exception coming on RB Demetris Murray's fumble in the first quarter. … The last time FAMU came to Tampa, in 2005, the Bulls won 37-3. They had more points by halftime Saturday — taking a 49-14 lead.