TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 17) - Darnell Scott scored four touchdowns for the University of South Florida as the Bulls defeated the Florida A&M Football team 70-17, here Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
USF took a 7-0 lead as they scored on their first possession of the game on a 43-yard TD pass to A.J. Love from B.J. Daniels with 13:14 to go in the first, capping a six play, 69-yard drive.
The Bulls would increase their lead to 21-0 as they scored a pair of rushing TD on a Darrel Scott six yard run with 6:03 to in the first, followed by a Daniels five yard run with 4:55 to go.
Terry Johnson’s 48-yard interception return set up the Rattlers’ first TD of the game as Lavante Page scored on a four-yard TD reception from Austin Trainor with 13:57 to go in the second quarter. The score capped a four play seven yard drive, cutting USF’s lead to 21-7.
Scott would score his second TD of the night for USF on a 56-yard run with 12:58 to go in the second, capping a three play, 76-yard drive, giving the Bulls a 28-7 lead.
A Lenworth Lennon 20-yard scamper would set up the Rattlers’ second TD of the game. A 32-yard TD pass to Edmond Baker from Trainor with 11:48 to go in the first half, made the score 28-14 in favor of USF.
The Bulls took a 49-14 lead into the break, as they scored on their next three possessions on three Daniels’ TD passes to Sterling Griffin (18 yards), Scott (84 yards) and Andre Davis (27 yards).
The Bulls scored two TDs in the third quarter as Scott scored his fourth of the night on a 30-yard run with 11:49 to go. USF scored on a blocked punt by Marcus Shaw, who recovered it and scored on a two-yard punt return, giving USF a 70-14 lead.
FAMU would score their final points of the game on a 34-yard field goal by Trevor Scott for the 70-17 final.
Trainor, led the Rattlers as he passed for 106 yards through the air. He completed 10 passes in 24 attempts. Damien Fleming, in his first collegiate game, passed for 36 yards, completing two passes in six attempts.
Eddie Rocker, led FAMU’s ground attack as he rushed for 24 yards on five carries with his longest rush being for 18 yards.
Edmond Baker finished the game with 82 yards receiving on five catches to lead all Rattler receivers. Baker also finished with 272 all-purpose yards (82 yard receiving, 190 KOR).
Brandon Hepburn finished with a game high 10 tackles (8 solos, 2 asst).
Scott led the Bulls offensive attack as he rushed for 146 yards on 12 carries scoring three TDs and scoring on an 84-yard TD reception, finishing the game with four TDs.
Tallahassee native and Lincoln High School alumnus, B.J. Daniels, finished the game completing 21 passes in 31 attempts for 382 yards with four TDs. Sterling Griffin finished 97 yards receiving on eight catches with a TD.
Elkino Watson led the Bulls defense as he finished with a team-high seven tackles.
FAMU will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 24 as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Southern University in the annual Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic in the Atlanta Georgia Dome. Game time is 3:30 p.m., and the game is broadcasted live on the Versus Network.
Notes: 70 points in the second most points a FAMU defense has given up in school history. The Rattlers gave up 73 points to Tuskegee in a 73-6 lost in 1926. Also, FAMU gave up 37 first downs, which was the most in school history. The previous record was 31 first downs given up against Howard in 1998. The Bulls racked up 745 total offensive yards, which is the most yards ever given up by a FAMU defense. The previous high was the 611 total offensive yards given up in 2007 to South Carolina State.
Joe Taylor, goes to 0-2 against Skip Holtz. Holtz and Taylor faced each other in the 1998 FCS playoffs, when Holtz’s UCONN Huskies defeated Taylor ‘s Hampton Pirates, 42-34 at Storrs Connecticut.
The Rattlers’ total of 17 points is the second most points that a FAMU team has scored against a Bowl Championship Series team. FAMU scored 19 points against Tulane University in a 39-19 loss the Green Wave in the 2004 season.