NCAA Game Summary - Ball State at South Florida|
(Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score: (22) South Florida 37, Ball State 7
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - B.J. Daniels threw for 359 yards and one
touchdown on 28-of-39 passing to lead No. 22 South Florida to a 37-7
thrashing of Ball State on Saturday.
Darrell Scott rushed 11 times for 82 yards and one score -- including a long
run of 31 yards -- while Demetris Murray carried the ball 14 times for 49
yards and a touchdown for South Florida (2-0).
Victor Marc grabbed four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls,
while Terrence Mitchell hauled in seven balls for 60 yards.
Maikon Bonani connected on 3-of-4 field goal attempts for South Florida, which
was coming off last week's victory at Notre Dame.
Keith Wenning completed 24-of-35 passes for 148 yards, while Jahwan Edwards
rushed seven times for 42 yards and Ball State's only touchdown.
Jack Tomlinson caught five balls for 39 yards for Ball State (1-1), which
defeated Indiana last Saturday.
South Florida wasted no time scoring as Ball State returner Phil Dudley
fumbled the opening kickoff and Mark Joyce recovered the ball and scampered 17
yards to give the Bulls an early 7-0 lead.
On the Bulls' second possession, the offense utilized a nice balance of
running and passing plays to march 76 yards on 12 plays, capping the drive
with a 31-yard field goal from Bonani for a 10-0 advantage.
South Florida poured it on in the second quarter. Bonani booted a 24-yard
field goal to make it 13-0 and the Bulls used a nine-play, 80-yard march to
score again. This time, Murray punched it in for a two-yard touchdown and a
"I guess it's the time and the work that we put in all spring and summer,"
Daniels said of being able to read defenses. "The receivers and I are trying
to make sure we are all on the same page and it's the little things; timing
and trust and things like that. Being a second year in the offense makes the
Following a Ball State three-and-out, South Florida added another Bonani field
goal from 38 yards, and closed out a dominant first half with an effective
four-play, 71-yard drive and a 22-yard strike from Daniels to Marc for a 30-0
Late in the third quarter, the Bulls offense kept humming along. Starting at
his own 35-yard line, Scott broke a big run for 31 yards, down to the Ball
State 34-yard line on the first play of the drive, and got down to the
Cardinals' one-yard line before punching it in for a 37-0 lead.
Ball State finally broke the shutout early in the final quarter. Starting from
their own 27 yard line, the Cardinals put together a 77-yard drive in nine
plays, capping it with a 13-yard touchdown run from Edwards.
"I mean you have to give credit to their defense, they're a lot faster
than we're used to, that was the hard part about not moving the ball," Wenning
said of his team's inability to produce on offense.
Claude Davis recorded two sacks for the Bulls...Justin Brockhaus-Kann punted
four times for South Florida, averaging 45.8 yards per kick and placing one
inside the 20 yard line...Ball State punter Scott Kovanda punted eight times
for an average of 41.9 yards and a long of 56 yards.
09/11 00:57:30 ET