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Jefferson High product Andre Davis has record receiving day for USF Bulls

RENO, Nev. — Andre Davis was tired enough Saturday that on USF's final 92-yard drive in a wild comeback victory at Nevada, he took himself out of the game for a play, needing a breather after running yet another deep pattern.

Having caught his breath, the sophomore from Jefferson got back on the field and sped down the left sideline, hauling in a 56-yard touchdown with 38 seconds left to give USF a 32-31 victory and finish a record-setting day.

"I had to come up with a play," Davis explained. "Man coverage. Kind of figured out I was going to get it. B.J. (Daniels) trusted me, put it in the air, the line held up, gave me a chance and I made a big play."

Davis' winning grab was his 12th catch of the day, a USF record, and the 56 yards gave him 191, shattering the record of 149, as old as a Bulls record can get: Clif Dell set it in USF's first-ever game, 15 years ago this week, against Kentucky Wesleyan.

Davis was happy for what he could do for his team, which had suffered through a long season in his freshman year, losing seven of its final eight games, many by close margins like Saturday's.

"I know we deserve this, as much work as we put in, from a defensive standpoint, from an offensive standpoint, people that play our scout team," he said.

"Just how serious we took this game, took this week. It's a blessing. I pray for stuff like this."

KEY INJURIES: The Bulls suffered a potentially significant injury in the first half when WR Sterling Griffin injured his right knee and had to be helped off the field.

Griffin watched the second half on crutches, and coach Skip Holtz said he'll know more about the severity of the injury by tonight. Griffin missed the entire 2010 season with a broken ankle.

CB Kayvon Webster injured his right knee in the third quarter and did not return, but he said after the game that he will play in Thursday's home game against Rutgers.

WELCOME BACK: Senior Lindsey Lamar was once headed for a redshirt this season because of USF's depth at running back, but with junior Marcus Shaw out with an ankle injury, Lamar was pressed into duty Saturday and he stepped up in a big way.

Lamar finished with eight carries on 85 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half. The Bulls rushed for 209 yards as a team, with starter Demetris Murray rushing 13 times for 60 yards and Daniels adding 53. In 21 carries, Lamar and Murray weren't dropped for a loss once.

THIS AND THAT: USF won despite Holtz playing it safe, twice opting to punt from midfield on fourth down in the fourth quarter. Holtz said he trusted his defense, which held Nevada to a field goal and a three and out on the ensuing drives. … Senior LB Michael Lanaris led the Bulls with 10 tackles, with S Mark Joyce and LB DeDe Lattimore getting nine each. … Kickoff specialist Marvin Kloss is 10-for-10 on touchbacks since rule changes moved the kickoff up 5 yards. … LB Tashon Whitehurst played on the opening kickoff, becoming the fourth true freshman to play for the Bulls this season. … USF's offensive line, which had LT Darrell Williams making his first career start, gave up only one sack, and that on a play where Daniels ran out of bounds for a loss.

Jefferson High product Andre Davis has record receiving day for USF Bulls 09/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 8, 2012 10:34pm]
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