Scores

Final

South Florida 38

(4-3, 1-2 American)

Cincinnati 30

(3-4, 1-1 American)

Coverage: ESPN2

8:00 PM ET, October 22, 2010

Nippert Stadium, CINCINNATI, OH

1 2 3 4 T
USF 0 17 14 738
CIN 3 10 3 1430

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Collaros (CIN) - 463 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Daniels (USF) - 9 CAR, 35 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Binns (CIN) - 12 REC, 158 YDS, 2 TD

B.J. Daniels' breakout night lifts South Florida past Cincinnati

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- B.J. Daniels' about-face ended one of the Big East's longest winning streaks.

The struggling sophomore quarterback had a breakout game, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more, and South Florida got its first significant win under coach Skip Holtz, knocking off two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati 38-30 on Friday night.

South Florida (4-3, 1-2) hadn't scored a touchdown on offense in its last two games, done in by Daniels' five interceptions. He had 10 interceptions overall.

No flubs in this one.

"It clicked pretty well on offense," Daniels said. "To get that monkey off our backs was good. That touchdown was big, the first one we scored."

He got the Bulls going by completing one long pass after another against Cincinnati's inexperienced defense. The Bearcats (3-4, 1-1) have the youngest defense in the BCS with eight sophomore starters.

It showed.

"That's pretty much the story with us on defense -- we made little mistakes that led to big problems," middle linebacker J.K. Schaffer said. "We were a little frustrated because of all the big plays."

Daniels' 64-yard completion to Dontavia Bogan set up a third-quarter touchdown, and his 70-yard pass to Faron Hornes put the Bulls up 31-16 late in the third quarter.

The Bearcats had won 13 straight Big East games, tied for the third-longest streak in league history. They hadn't lost at Nippert Stadium since 2008.

They had a chance to keep the streak going in the closing minutes.

Zach Collaros threw three touchdown passes, going 30 of 53 -- both career highs -- for 463 yards with an interception. He took a hard hit late in the fourth quarter, leaving him with a stiff leg.

He was on the sideline for Cincinnati's final drive, which ended with Chazz Anderson's incompletion from the Bulls 15-yard line with 7 seconds remaining.

Collaros' injury was being evaluated.

"He may be fine after treatments," coach Butch Jones said. "We'll know more later in the week."

The Bearcats self-destructed with a half-dozen dropped throws and 12 penalties for 115 yards.

Daniels was a dual-threat quarterback as a freshman, leading the Bulls in rushing. He had struggled this season in a transition to pocket passer, forcing throws while under pressure. Against Cincinnati, he went 13 of 16 for 286 yards without an interception.

Cincinnati's inexperienced defense had only two interceptions all season and was looking for a breakout game against Daniels. Sophomore safety Drew Frey stepped in front of a receiver on Daniels' first pass, but lost the ball as he hit the ground.

Given a reprieve, Daniels got his act together.

He directed a 13-play, 86-yard drive that ended the touchdown drought, going 3 yards on a draw for a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter. Daniels threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Evan Landis on his next play, then went to the sideline and waved a white towel.

"B.J. was focused and dialed in," Holtz said. "We felt that if we could get people open in space, we had a chance. B.J. did a good job finding them."

South Florida's defense made a pivotal stop, stopping Collaros on a fourth-and-1 from the Bulls 30-yard line late in the third quarter. Daniels then connected with Hornes, who darted through the defense for his 70-yard reception and a 31-16 lead.

Collaros' 15-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns cut it to 38-30 with 5:35 left. Collaros was hit hard while scrambling on the previous play, causing the leg injury.

The Bearcats got the ball back at their 29-yard line with 3:25 remaining and drove to the 15, where Anderson threw one away while getting sacked on fourth down.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
CIN
1st Downs1329
Total Yards378590
Passing286512
Rushing9278
Penalties3-4012-115
3rd Down Conversions7-129-19
4th Down Conversions0-02-4
Turnovers01
Possession26:3933:21

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniels13/1628617.920
CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Collaros30/534638.731

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Daniels9353.929
Bogan11818.0018
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pead15483.2016
Collaros10272.7019

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bogan38528.3064
Hornes27537.5170
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barnett917419.3169
Binns1215813.2220

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSFCIN
FG05:27Jake Rogers 26 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERUSFCIN
TD14:17B.J. Daniels 3 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 73
TD12:46Evan Landi 31 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 143
TD09:40Armon Binns 20 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 1410
FG02:47Maikon Bonani 33 Yd 1710
FG00:36Jake Rogers 21 Yd 1713
THIRD QUARTERUSFCIN
FG08:13Jake Rogers 44 Yd 1716
TD06:50Demetris Murray 2 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2416
TD01:26Faron Hornes 70 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 3116
FOURTH QUARTERUSFCIN
TD13:45Marcus Barnett 32 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 3123
TD09:32B.J. Daniels 1 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 3823
TD05:35Armon Binns 15 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 3830