Florida A&M Rattlers
Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
BIG EAST Network/ESPN3.com
— Jim Barbar and Doug Graber
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
The only previous meeting between USF and Florida A&M was in 2005, when the Bulls were 37-3 winners at Raymond James Stadium … USF RB Andre Hall ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns in that game.
20/22 USF (2-0)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
10-5, second season at USF
82-55, 12th season as collegiate head coach
USF turned in an impressive performance from start to finish in the Bulls’ 37-7 win against Ball State to improve to 2-0 … The Bulls opened the season with a 23-20 win at Notre Dame … USF has not allowed a point in the first half and has allowed just seven points in the first three quarters this season … The Bulls have outscored their first two opponents by a 46-0 margin in the first half … USF has averaged 386.5 yards per game on offense and has allowed an average of 366.5 yards … The Bulls had a school-record 33 first downs and ran 88 offensive plays against Ball State … QB B.J. Daniels has led the way offensively, completing 66.7 percent of his passes (46 of 69) for 487 yards and two touchdowns with one interception … RB Darrell Scott — a transfer from Colorado — is the leading rusher with 115 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries … WR Sterling Griffin has a team-high 12 catches for 127 yards … Six different players have accounted for USF’s six touchdowns … LB DeDe Lattimore has 16 tackles to go with one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble … DE Claude Davis has a team-high three sacks … The Bulls have forced eight turnovers in their two games … K Maikon Bonani has made 6 of 9 field goal attempts.
FLORIDA A&M (1-1, 0-1 MEAC)
Joe Taylor (Western Illinois ’72)
26-10, fourth season at Florida A&M
223-88-4, 29th year as collegiate head coach
Florida A&M enters Saturday’s game at 1-1 following a 23-17 loss at Hampton Thursday … The Rattlers started the 2011 season with a 28-22 win against Fort Valley State … Florida A&M went 8-3 last season and won a share of the MEAC title … Head coach Joe Taylor inherited a team that was 3-8 in the year prior to his arrival at Florida A&M and has gone 26-9 since taking over in 2008 … Taylor had previously spent 16 years as head coach at Hampton and has led his teams to 14 straight winning seasons … The Rattlers have averaged 268.5 passing yards and just 40.5 rushing yards through two games in 2011 … QB Austin Trainor has thrown for 537 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions … WR Kevin Elliott has nine receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown … Florida A&M has averaged just 1.6 yards per rushing attempt … LB Demarius Folsom has a team-high 19 tackles with two sacks … FS John Ojo has two interceptions to lead the team … Florida A&M gained recognition in 2008 as a site of ESPN’s College GameDay, becoming just the second FCS school to host the program.