As expected, South Florida handled Florida A&M with ease, overpowering the FCS team in a 70-17 rout that improved the Bulls to 3-0 on the young season.
Besides that, coach Skip Holtz got what he wanted out of the meeting -- on-field exposure for second-teamers and other backups.
"It's nice to see them get that kind of work and knock some of the rust off before we get into conference play in another two weeks," Holtz said.
Holtz particularly noted the play of freshman wide receiver Andre Davis, who caught three consecutive passes on USF's last touchdown drive of the first half, including a 27-yarder for the score.
"I think Andre Davis is going to be a talent," Holtz said. "That's one of the things we wanted to see tonight when we got a opportunity to play some of these guys to see the ball in the air and to see what they could do.
"I would have liked to have seen Marcus Shaw get the ball a little bit more, too, but they blitzed us about nine out of 10 plays. They were bringing their safeties through the A gaps and the B gaps, and you can't run it against nine or 10 people."
Shaw, a sophomore running back, got only eight carries for 19 yards, but did rush for a two-yard touchdown.
Holtz said he wasn't looking to groom any of the reserves to unseat his starters because they aren't ready for that.
"Our hope is we can turn and get them some reps early in the season and by the middle of the year by the time we get into conference play they'll be able to give us 15 to 20 reps during the course of a ballgame," Holtz said. "But Andre Davis is a special player."
The game against the Rattlers was the second of three in a row at home for the Bulls. They are host to UTEP next on Sept. 24, then have a date the following Thursday for their conference opener at Pittsburgh.
--The 70 points USF scored against Florida A&M were the second-highest single game total in school history. The highest for the Bulls was the 80 they scored in their very first game in 1997 against Kentucky Wesleyan.
--USF set school and Big East records with 745 yards total offense. QB B.J. Daniels tied a school record with 382 yards passing, and RB Darrell Scott became the first Bull to record both a rushing and receiving touchdown on plays of more than 50 yards in a single game. He scored on a 56-yard run and an 84-yard reception in addition to recording two other rushing TDs.
--The Bulls didn't have a punt against Florida A&M until their next-to-last possession. Of their first 13 possessions, 10 ended in touchdowns, two with interceptions, and one on a fumble. P Justin Brockhaus-Kahn had a 44-yard punt in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls turned the ball over on downs on their final series.
KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Andre Davis -- A true freshman, Davis saw his first action the previous week against Ball State but didn't have a reception. He had three against Florida A&M, one of them good for 27 yards and touchdown.
LOOKING GOOD: The Bulls dominated the game from the start and made good use of their bench. Backup QB Bobby Eveld went 9-of-12 passing for 95 yards after starter B.J. Daniels was 21-of-31 for 382 and four touchdowns. They were generous to the tune of completing passes to 14 different receivers.
STILL NEEDS WORK: Not a whole lot was evident as the Bulls held the visiting Rattlers to just 171 yards in total offense. But the Bulls did come up with just one sack and need to develop a consistent pass rush. They have seven through the first three games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We didn't want to get comfortable with a 2-0 start. We want to eventually go 4-0 going into our conference games. We just need to be consistent and stay hungry." -- Junior RB Darrell Scott, on the approach the Bulls' took into the game against Florida A&M.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--Junior QB B.J. Daniels recorded touchdowns both rushing and passing for the seventh time in his career. He had four touchdowns passing overall against Florida A&M and scored on a five-yard run.
--Sophomore WR Sterling Griffin continued his comeback effort with eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Through three games, Griffin, who sat out last year with an ankle injury, has 20 receptions for 224 yards.
--Sophomore WR Derrick Hopkins had four receptions for 34 yards and also ran back a kickoff 42 yards.
--Junior RB Darrell Scott got his first career start and responded with a 146-yard night on just 12 rushes. He scored three touchdowns on runs of 6, 56, and 30 yards and a fourth on an 84-yard screen pass.
--OL Darrell Williams became the fifth true freshman to play this season for the Bulls.
--Sophomore CB Jaquez Jenkins sat out his second straight game to nurse a hamstring injury.
--Senior WR Joel Miller was back on the field after sitting out the previous game with a concussion. He had one catch for a two-yard gain.Click here to share your thoughts with other USF fans!