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Notes: Bulls early score sets mark

Posted Sep 25, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 11:22 PM

USF scored on its second offensive play Saturday night against UTEP and made program history in the process.

When junior QB B.J. Daniels ran 71 yards for a touchdown at the 12-minute mark of the opening quarter, it marked the first time the Bulls had scored a touchdown in the opening four minutes in four consecutive games.

USF scored at the 11-minute mark in a season-opening win at Notre Dame on CB Kayvon Webster’s 96-yard fumble return, scored eight seconds into a win over Ball State the following week when S Mark Joyce returned a fumble on the opening kick 17 yards for a touchdown, and WR A.J. Love scored on a 43-yard TD reception 1:46 into last week’s win over Florida A&M.

The only other time USF had scored a touchdown in the opening four minutes of three consecutive games was in 2007.

BIG, BIG RUNS: Daniels’ 71-yard scoring run in the first quarter not only was the longest touchdown run of his career, it was the fourth-longest in program history. It was, however, the second-longest by a USF quarterback, behind Matt Grothe’s 80-yard scoring run against Pittsburgh in 2007.

In the second quarter, WR Victor Marc produced the program’s fifth-longest scoring run, a 67-yarder that helped the Bulls amass 263 rushing yards in the first half.

FAMILIAR FACES: USF coach Skip Holtz, Bulls defensive coordinator Mark Snyder and UTEP coach Mike Price are very familiar with one another.

Two years ago, all three were head coaches in Conference USA, with Holtz at East Carolina, Snyder at Marshall and Price in his current role.

“I always looked forward to the Conference USA meetings every year when coach Snyder, coach Price and myself always had an opportunity to play golf. One of the funner days that I had every year and one of the days I looked forward to,” Holtz said earlier in the week.

USF athletic director Doug Woolard also has ties to Price. Woolard was the associate athletic director at Washington State when Price was hired for the Cougars head coaching position in 1989.

COACHES SUPPORTING CAUSE: Coaches from USF and UTEP took part in the Coach to Cure MD week, wearing arm patches during Saturday night’s game to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

This is the fourth year of the program, which is a joint effort between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project MD, and 109 of the 120 FBS programs are participating. Donations are expected to top $1 million this season.

ZERO NO MORE: When UTEP RB Leilyon Myers scored on a 4-yard run with 10:12 remaining in the first quarter, it marked the first points the Bulls had allowed in the opening quarter this season.

USF had outscored its first three opponents 44-0 in the opening quarter entering the game.

BULLS BITS: USF improved to 7-0 all-time against Conference USA opponents since joining the Big East in 2005. … UTEP fell to 0-16-1 all-time in the Eastern Time Zone and lost its 26th consecutive road game against an opponent ranked in the AP Top 25. … USF improved to 14-9 all-time when playing as a ranked opponent. … Junior CB George Baker made his second career start Saturday in place of senior Quenton Washington, who sat out to give his lingering knee injury additional time to heal before Thursday’s Big East opener at Pittsburgh. Senior S Tyson Butler (hamstring) and redshirt freshman OL Tony Kibler (knee) also missed the game with injuries. … Sophomore DE Ryne Giddins recorded his first sack of the season in the third quarter. … Junior CB Kayvon Webster notched his first interception this season in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive, junior WR Lindsey Lamar caught his first career touchdown, a 54-yard scoring pass from Daniels.

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