NCAA Game Summary - South Florida at Florida|
(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: (8) Florida 38, South Florida 14
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - John Brantley shook off a rough early start
to throw for 173 yards and two touchdowns, while the two-headed monster of
Jeffery Demps and Emmanuel Moody combined for 176 rushing yards, as eighth-
ranked Florida pulled away for a 38-14 victory over South Florida.
Brantley completed 18-of-32 passes, six of them to Deonte Thompson, who
compiled 83 yards receiving in the victory. Demps ran for 122 yards, including
a 62-yard touchdown scamper that broke the game open, and Moody added 54 tough
yards on 14 carries for the Gators (2-0), who trailed for most of the first
"Last game we struggled; I don't know what it was. Today, we got things
rolling and executed the game plan," Moody said. "The offensive line did a
phenomenal job today; the running backs are nothing without them."
B.J. Daniels used his feet effectively, rushing for 107 yards, but wasn't
nearly as successful through the air, completing just 5-of-20 passes for 84
yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Demetris Murray added 62
yards on the ground and a touchdown for the Bulls (1-1).
"There were a lot of things I can definitely change. The turnovers definitely
hurt," Daniels said. "It's definitely something I'm going to go onto the field
and practice next week and hopefully try and fix."
The Bulls went on a journey through the Swamp, navigating 96 yards on 17 plays
to the game's first score. Daniels and Moise Plancher moved USF out of
dangerous territory deep in its own end, including a pair of third-and-short
conversions. After yet another third-down conversion, the Bulls quickly faced
another, and Lindsey Lamar easy picked it up with a 21-yard jaunt through the
heart of the Gators defense.
After a pass interference penalty kept the drive alive inside the Gators 10-
yard line, Daniels found Andrew Ketchel for a two-yard scoring connection.
The Gators' longest march of the first half ended without points. Brantley
completed an early third-down pass deep in the Gators own end then connected
with Demps on a 21-yard pitch-and-catch down the right sideline that would
have been longer if not for a holding penalty nullifying some of the yards
after the catch. The 15-play drive stalled just outside the Bulls' red
zone, but Caleb Sturgis missed wide on a 39-yard boot.
South Florida, trying to shut out the Gators and take the touchdown lead into
the locker room, made an error in judgment prior to the half. Daniels, trying
to find his running back on a screen pass, errored high and wide, instead
hitting Florida defender Ahmad Black between the numbers.
The interception triggered the Gators' first scoring drive, as Brantley threw
an 11-yard dart over the middle to Carl Moore to square the contest late in
The Gators took their second-quarter momentum into the third, as Demps
scampered down the left sideline, bobbed and weaved between a pair of USF
defensive backs and outran the rest for a 62-yard scoring run and 14-7 edge.
Florida continued to open massive holes for its running backs in the third
period. A 30-yard punt return set the Gators up in USF territory, and four
plays later they were in the end zone. After a 15-yard completion, Moody ran
for seven and nine yards before Mike Gillislee scored from four yards out.
The close game turned into a three-score affair as Daniels was intercepted by
Justin Trattou on the next series, and he sprinted 35 yards for a touchdown
and a 28-7 lead.
The Bulls responded with a 69-yard jaunt capped by Murray's four-yard plunge.
The big play on the march was Daniels' 51-yard strike to Evan Landi.
Florida tacked on to its lead early in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard field
goal by Sturgis. A 57-yard drive culminated in another Gators touchdown inside
the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Brantley found Jordan Reed for a
two-yard score and a 38-14 advantage.
This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools...Florida wide
receiver Chris Rainey left the game in the first half with a concussion...Each
team racked up the rushing yards, as USF finished with 239 and Florida with
09/11 23:16:41 ET