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TAMPA, Fla. -- B.J. Daniels threw for a career-high 382 yards and four touchdowns, pacing No. 20 South Florida's 70-17 rout of Florida A&M on Saturday night.
A week after throwing for 359 yards but just one TD in a 30-point victory over Ball State, Daniels led the Bulls (3-0) to touchdowns on eight of 10 drives he directed before leaving the game for good in the third quarter. The redshirt junior who grew up near the FAMU campus in Tallahassee completed 21 of 33 passes and also scored on a 5-yard run.
Darrell Scott had a big night, too, rushing for a career-best 146 yards and scoring two TDs on the ground. The 240-pound transfer from Colorado also turned a screen pass into an 84-yard touchdown, rumbling up the left sideline before cutting back to the middle on the field to stay ahead of the pursuit.
Austin Trainor threw for 106 yards for FAMU (1-2), including second-quarter touchdowns of 4 yards to Lavante Page and 32 yards to Edmond Baker.
Daniels, whose father works for FAMU, began the rout with a 43-yard scoring pass to A.J. Love. The Bulls outgained the Rattlers 537 yards to 112 in the opening half and finished with a school-record 745 yards total offense -- eclipsing the 580 they gained in a victory over Liberty in 2001.
USF moved into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly two years following a season-opening upset at Notre Dame. The next three games on the schedule -- Ball State, FAMU and next week against Texas-El Paso -- were bunched together in hopes of giving coach Skip Holtz an opportunity to develop the team's depth by giving inexperienced reserves valuable playing time in preparation for the start of Big East play at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29.
The Bulls scored on three of four possessions before Holtz started substituting, replacing Daniels with backup quarterback Bobby Eveld late in the first quarter.
The sophomore's second pass was intercepted by Devontae Johnson, though, and the FAMU cornerback's 48-yard return to the USF 7 set up the Rattlers' first touchdown.
Daniels returned and threw TD passes of 18 yards to Sterling Griffin and 27 yards to Andre Davis, while also watching Scott score on his long catch-and-run to build the lead to 49-14.
In all, Daniels led the Bulls on touchdowns on seven of nine drives before halftime, with one of the two not reaching the end zone ending on a fumble at the FAMU 34 and the other inside the Rattlers' 10 on the final play of the half.
Davis also blocked a punt and returned it 11 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Scott scored on runs of 6 and 56 yards, then capped his night with 30-yard scoring jaunt on the last drive Daniels was in the game.
Eveld finished up for the Bulls, leading one long TD drive.