Both teams are 2-2 all-time in bowl games, with USF (7-5) seeking to win back-to-back bowls for the first time in its history. The Big East has set the bar high for dominant running games in Toronto — Connecticut's Donald Brown rushed for 264 yards last season, and Rutgers' Ray Rice rushed for a record 280 yards two years ago. USF has had senior Mo Plancher as its top running back most of the year, but his fumble against Connecticut led the Bulls to turn to junior Mike Ford, who rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown. USF has most of its injured players back against the Huskies (7-5), but offensive lineman Zach Hermann is out with a neck injury and another starter on the line, Jake Sims, is likely still out with a concussion.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR ...
Can USF redshirt freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels continue his strong play after rushing for three scores against Connecticut? He needs just 75 yards to break Matt Grothe's quarterback rushing record of 872 yards, set in 2007. … This could be the final college game for Bulls junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has submitted his name to the NFL's advisory board for underclassmen to find out where he might be picked if he enters the NFL draft.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
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