Already coming off of a blowout victory in their last game, the Bulls have shown that the offense is coming alive after last season's less than mediocre offensive performance. With another tune-up game before the Bulls hit conference play in two weeks, the Bulls looked to continue that momentum this past week.
They certainly accomplished that goal. A glance at the stat line can tell you how dominant the Bulls' performance was but it still does not tell the whole story. The Bulls absolutely decimated an overmatched FAMU team en route to a 70-17 victory. The 70 points scored is their second highest point total ever for the Bulls falling just 10 points shy of the record in the Bulls inaugural game. The 49 points scored by the Bulls in the first half equals the most amount of points they have ever scored in a half (it happened previously in 1998 in a 69-3 over Cumberland University).
Overall it was a dominant performance in all facets of the game. With that said, let's get to the game grades.
What more really needs to be said after looking B.J. Daniels's stat line? Daniels completed 21-31 passes and tied a school record for passing yards in a game with 382 yards. He also threw 4 touchdowns versus zero interceptions. Daniels also added a rushing TD and 20 yards rushing. When you're quarterback is responsible for over 400 yards of total offense and 5 TDs, the performance warrants an A+.
However, game grades are not limited to one player. The grade is supposed to reflect the overall performance of the entire corps. This is where the grade may take a hit. Backup quarterback Bobby Eveld continues to struggle in mop up duty. Although Eveld completed 9-12 passes for 95 yards, he did not throw any touchdowns and added 2 interceptions. The first one, which was returned 48 yards and led to FAMU scoring a touchdown, the first time the Bulls have allowed a score in the first half this season. Eveld was not all bad, but there is plenty to be cleaned up. Eveld's performance warrants a C-.
But if you take the quarterbacks' numbers total and look at them, 30-42 for 477 yards passing, 4 TDs and 2 INTs.
The overall performance warrants an A.
The running back unit also had a spectacular day. Darrell Scott continues to show that he can be the player people thought he could. Scott's performance was tremendous; accounting for 230 total yards on a measly 13 touches, add 4 touchdowns to boot. The best thing about his performance though, is that he did not need to hurdle anyone. Just kidding!
Demetris Murray looked like he was starting off the game well but an early fumble reduced his touches. He finished with 6 carries for 47 yards.
Third string running back Marcus Shaw added a touchdown.
Several other USF running backs got to see action including Bradley Battles and walk-on JJ Peterson. Overall the running back unit amassed 231 yards rushing on 35 carries for a 6.6 yards per carry average and a 4 touchdowns (I did not include the rushing numbers from the quarterbacks and slot back Lindsay Lamar as they are not considered running backs).
Game Grade: A
Wide Receivers/Tight ends
Well a quarterback cannot put up big numbers without big performances out of his wide receivers. Eleven different receivers or tight ends caught passes not including the running backs. The receivers and tight ends combined to catch 335 yards and accounted for 3 touchdown receptions. Sterling Griffin paced all receivers with 8 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown and 6th year senior A.J. Love caught his first touchdown pass since the International Bowl in 2009. True Freshman Andre Davis also snagged his first career receiving touchdown as well. Overall the unit did a fantastic job and for most of the night was on the same page as the quarterback, there were a couple of miscues on option routes, but overall the unit is getting better every week.
Game Grade: A
Again the entire offense was in sync and the offensive line was a huge reason for that, the starting unit played a spectacular game. They opened up huge holes in the running game all night and gave the quarterbacks copious amounts of time to make plays. They did a great job of picking up blitzes all night.
Game Grade: A+
Offensive Coordinator Todd Fitch has called three straight games to almost perfection. Each game yielded different results but they all fit within the specific game plan for that week. Its very refreshing to have an offensive staff with the ability to change from week to week and Fitch continues to show his worth after a dismal year on offense last season.
Game Grade: A+