Scores

Final

Chattanooga 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

South Florida 34

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
CHAT 3 7 3 013
USF 7 14 6 734

Top Performers

Passing: B. Daniels (USF) - 225 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Murray (USF) - 16 CAR, 55 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Mitchell (USF) - 5 REC, 78 YDS, 1 TD

B.J. Daniels tosses 3 TDs to power USF to victory over Chattanooga

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- B.J. Daniels threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, helping South Florida open the season with a 34-13 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday night.

The dual-threat senior tossed scoring passes of 19 yards to Derrick Hopkins, 38 yards to Terrence Mitchell and 39 yards to Sterling Griffin. He finished his strong performance with a 20-yard TD run in which he weaved through the Chattanooga defense before stretching the ball over the goal line.

Daniels completed 17 of 26 passes and also threw an interception that set up Chattanooga's only touchdown, a 2-yard run by Keon Williams in the second quarter.

USF's defense did its part, too, limiting Chattanooga to 151 yards and sacking quarterbacks Terrell Robinson and Jacob Huesman six times.

Daniels enters his final year with the Bulls ranked third on the school's career list for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense. He rebounded from a disappointing sophomore season -- his first in coach Skip Holtz's offensive system -- to throw for 2,585 yards, 13 TDs and seven interceptions as a junior.

An even bigger priority, though, is trying to lead USF to its first Big East title.

The Bulls opened a year ago with a road win at Notre Dame that helped them climb into the Top 25 for a four-week stay that ended when they lost their conference opener to Pittsburgh to begin a stretch in which they dropped seven of eight to finish with a losing record (5-7) for the first time in seven years and end a string of six consecutive bowl appearances.

Robinson started at quarterback for Chattanooga and alternated possessions for much of the night with Huesman, a redshirt freshman who's the son of Mocs coach Russ Huesman. USF sacked Robinson on two of the sophomore's first three plays, setting the tone for a long night for the entire Chattanooga offense.

A holding penalty and sack of Huesman kept the Mocs from getting into the end zone after driving to the USF 3 late in the second quarter. Nick Pollard wound up missing a 40-yard field goal but D.J. Key's interception and 43-yard return put the Mocs back in business less than a minute later.

Williams trimmed USF's lead to 21-10 at the half with his touchdown run. Henrique Ribeiro's 46-yard field goal that hit the crossbar and bounced through pulled the Mocs within 27-13 in the final minute of the third quarter.

Huesman completed 9 of 13 passes for 82 yards and no interceptions. Robinson was 4 of 5 for 20 yards and no interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHAT
USF
1st Downs1119
Total Yards151329
Passing102244
Rushing4985
Penalties11-957-64
3rd Down Conversions2-159-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers02
Possession34:1925:41

Passing Leaders

ChattanoogaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Huesman9/13826.300
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniels17/262258.731

Rushing Leaders

ChattanoogaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green4256.3011
Robinson791.3017
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray16553.419
Shaw4225.509

Receiving Leaders

ChattanoogaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shafaat6457.5011
Jackson24020.0029
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell57815.6138
Griffin24321.5139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHATUSF
TD07:41Demetris Murray 2 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 07
FG03:39Nick Pollard 39 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERCHATUSF
TD12:44Derrick Hopkins 19 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 314
TD07:27Terrence Mitchell 38 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 321
TD00:30Keon Williams 2 Yd Run (Nick Pollard Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERCHATUSF
TD10:35Sterling Griffin 39 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1027
FG00:28Henrique Ribeiro 46 Yd 1327
FOURTH QUARTERCHATUSF
TD09:52B.J. Daniels 20 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 1334