South Florida edges Nevada 32-31By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press Saturday, Sep 8, 2012
RENO, Nev. (AP)—B.J. Daniels passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring toss to Andre Davis with 38 seconds left in the game Saturday, to help South Florida come from behind to beat Nevada 32-31.
Daniels also threw a 51-yard TD to Davis, who finished with 12 catches for 191 yards, and a 52-yard score to Chris Dunkley with 2:37 remaining. Lindsey Lamar added 85 yards rushing on just 8 carries for the Bulls (2-0), who trailed 21-6 in the opening quarter.
Cody Fajardo passed for 271 yards and a touchdown and ran for 134 yards and two more scores, and Stefphon Jefferson ran for 135 yards for the Wolf Pack (1-1), who won their opener last week at Cal and had lost only once in their last 18 home games.
Nevada, which moved this season from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West, dominated early and led 21-13 at the half but Lamar ran 35 yards for a touchdown on South Florida’s opening drive of the second half to cut the lead to 21-20.
Fajardo answered with passes of 23 yards to Brandon Wimberly and 19 yards to Kendall Brock before faking a hand off and rolling around the right side 14 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to make it 28-20.
Allen Hardison’s 35-yard field goal put Nevada ahead 31-20 with 8:16 left in the game before the Bulls of the Big East Conference mounted their comeback.
Daniels, who also ran for 53 yards on 11 carries, completed 22 of 40 passes on the game but was 10 of 17 for 227 yards in the fourth quarter alone. Demitri Murray added 60 yards rushing for the Bulls.
Fajardo, a sophomore, completed 27 of 38 passes on the game. He was practically flawless early, leading Nevada to touchdowns on its first three possessions, rushing for 88 yards in the first quarter and completing 9 of his first 10 pass attempts, including a 29-yard scoring toss to Joe Huber that put the Wolf Pack on top 21-6.
After a roughing the quarterback penalty against defensive end Brock Hekking, Demetri Murray got loose for an 18-yard run to set up his own 1-yard touchdown dive and Maikon Bonani converted the extra point this time to cut it to 21-13 9:20 before the half.
Nevada was driving again before Sam Barrington forced Jefferson to fumble and JaQuez Jenkins recovered on the USF 14. After Markus Smith was called for interfering with Sterling Griffin near midfield, Daniels completed a 57-yard pass to Terrence Mitchell at Nevada’s 13, but the officials ruled Mitchell had stepped out of bounds before that and the Bulls had to punt again.
Griffin, who was USF’s leading returning receiver from a year ago, later apparently injured his right knee and left the game at the half without a reception.
Fajardo would have had three rushing touchdowns but fumbled in the end zone at the end of a 26-yard run on Nevada’s opening drive and tight end Zach Sudfeld recovered for his first career TD and a 7-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the game.