Nov. 3, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - USF senior quarterback B.J. Daniels ran for a first-quarter touchdown before leaving in the fourth with an injury as USF stopped a school-record six-game losing streak by beating the University of Connecticut football team by a 13-6 score on Saturday night before a crowd of 36,190 at Raymond James Stadium.
Both teams are now 3-6 on the season while UConn is 0-4 in BIG EAST play while the Bulls are 1-4 in the conference.
Daniels was hurt on a 15-yard run inside the UConn 10 just over five minutes into the fourth. The senior quarterback couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he was helped from the field.
The Bulls settled for a 28-yard field goal by Maikon Bonani later in the drive to take a 10-6 advantage. Bonani added a 50-yard kick to extend the lead to 13-6 with four and a half minutes left.
South Florida had dropped 12 of its last 13 BIG EAST games dating to November 2010. The Bulls squandered a 20-point halftime lead en route to a 37-36 loss to Syracuse on Nov. 27.
UConn senior kicker Chad Christen (Etters, Pa.) had two field goals for UConn.
Daniels put the Bulls up 7-0 on a 5-yard TD run with 4:08 left in the first. He set a school record for career rushing touchdowns with 25 on the score.
UConn got within 7-3 when Christen made a 50-yard field goal two seconds before halftime. His second field goal of the game, from 37 yards with 4:28 to go in the third, made it 7-6.
The Huskies had failed to score during the second half in their previous three games.
USF threatened to extend its early lead midway through the second, but UConn redshirt senior cornerback Dwayne Gratz (Piscataway, N.J.) intercepted Daniels' pass in the end zone.
South Florida was the only FBS team in the nation without an interception until safety Jon Lejiste picked off redshirt sophomore Chandler Whitmer's (Newna, Ga.) pass at the USF 10 with 6:27 remaining in the game.
A late UConn drive ended with 50 seconds to go when Elkino Watson intercepted a Whitmer pass. Whitmer has thrown 13 interceptions this season.
UConn returns to action on Friday night when it plays host to Pittsburgh at 8:00 p.m. at Rentschler Field. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.