||SOUTH FLORIDA at FLORIDA
12:21 p.m. ET
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)
|LIVE TV: SEC Network
[Dave Neal, play-by-play; Andre Ware, color analyst; Cara Capuano, sidelines]
Skip Holtz is in his first season at USF and 11 overall with a record of 73-50 (.593). The Bulls' offensive coordinator is Todd Fitch and the defensive coordinator is Mark Snyder.
Urban Meyer is in his sixth season at Florida with a record of 58-10 (.853) and 10th overall with a record of 97-18 (.843). The Gators' offensive coordinator is Steve Addazio and the defensive coordinator is Teryl Austin.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SOUTH FLORIDA HAS THE BALL
B.J. Daniels threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night, helping the University of South Florida launch the Skip Holtz era with a 59-14 rout of Stony Brook in the season opener for both teams. Daniels teamed with Dontavia Bogan on a 59-yard score on the Bulls' first offensive play. The third-year sophomore later threw a 27-yard TD pass to Joel Miller. Miller did not have a career reception before Saturday night. Daniels completed 15 of 22 passes before leaving the game after leading a five-play, 80-yard TD drive to start the second half.
Ahmad Black grabbed an interception in the opener and returned it 40 yards, while leading the team with a career-high 12 tackles. Janoris Jenkins recorded a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown, the first of his career, along with five tackles and three pass breakups. Jonathan Bostic notched the first interception of his career vs. Miami, also tallying five tackles in the game. Jaye Howard earned his first multiple-sack performance in the season opener vs. Miami, totaling 2.5 tackles for loss with five total tackles. RB Marcus Shaw scored his first career touchdown on a 63-yard scamper.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN FLORIDA HAS THE BALL
DT Keith McCaskill recorded his first sack of the season, and his third-and-a-half sack of his career when he took down Stony Brook QB Michael Coulter early in the second half. S Mark Joyce recorded his first career interception with 5:09 left in the third quarter and returned it 33 yards for his first career touchdown. The USF defense tallied four interceptions in the opener last week. Seniors Sabbath Joseph, the Bull's top returning tackler, Donte Spires and Jacquian Williams return to lead the linebcking unit. In his first year as a starter in 2009, Joseph tallied 50 tackles with three forced fumbles, two of which came in USF's 17-7 upset of Florida State.
John Brantley got his first career start last week and completed 17 of 25 passes (60.0 percent) for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing no interceptions and not being sacked. Jeff Demps carried eight times for 98 yards, including a 72-yard score. In three career opening-day games, has rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a 34-yard kickoff return. Playing his first game since officially moving from running back to wide receiver, Chris Rainey led the team with a career-best six receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
USF mistakes on special teams led to both of Stony Brook's touchdowns last week, with Faron Hornes fumbling on a punt return at his own 35 and Bulls punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann being ruled down at the USF 27 for a 15-yard loss after going down on one knee to field a bad snap. USF's blocked punt with 9:12 left in the second quarter marks the first time since Oct. 2, 2008, against Pittsburgh, that it blocked a punt and recovered it for a TD.
Mike Gillislee posted two kickoff returns for 65 yards, including a long of 50. Six other players have posted a 50-yard kickoff return since 1996, but none has had a rush in the same game as long as Gillislee's 41-yard carry against Miami. In 20 of the past 22 games, UF has allowed zero punt return yards. The Gators return punter Chas Henry and kicker Caleb Sturgis. Henry was a 2009 finalist for the Ray Guy Award and Sturgis a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.
Record: First Meeting
Florida hosts in-state opponent USF of the Big East for Week 2 action in The Swamp...Florida kicked off the season with a 34-12 win against Miami University, while USF posted a 59-14 victory at home against Stony Brook...This marks the first meeting between the schools, but it is UF's 10th game against an in-state opponent during head coach Urban Meyer's tenure... The Gators hold a 9-0 mark in the previous contests against other Florida schools during that time...In its 2010 debut, UF extended its SEC-best opening-day winning streak to 21 games, the second-longest such active streak in the nation.