USF Vs. Syracuse: Bulls Break Four-Game Skid With 37-17 Win Over Orange

B.J. Daniels does it all (254 yards passing, 117 yards rushing) as USF gets a much-needed win over Syracuse and pulls within one victory of bowl eligibility.

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USF Vs. Syracuse: Bulls Knock Off Orange 37-17

B.J. Daniels threw for 254 yards and added 117 yards rushing as the South Florida Bulls broke a four-game losing streak by beating the Syracuse Orange 37-17 on Friday night.

Daniels and Marcus Shaw each scored a touchdown on the ground, and Demetris Murray added 85 yards rushing and two scores of his own. Maikon Bonani kicked three field goals for the Bulls, who won their first Big East conference game of the season. Daniels completed passes to 11 different receivers, and in all USF rolled up 483 yards of total offense (including 234 yards rushing) against a Syracuse defense that came into the game last in the Big East in yards allowed per game.

Alec Lemon had a huge game for Syracuse, with 10 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Nassib threw for 298 yards, but was just 23-for-46 on the night. He was victimized by several crucial drops by his receivers, including two on plays near the goal line when Syracuse was trying to rally from a 23-10 fourth-quarter deficit. The Orange passed on field goals on two trips inside the USF red zone in the final period, but could not hang on to a pair of touchdown passes that would have made the game completely different down the stretch. Syracuse also shanked a kickoff out of bounds and committed five personal fouls on the night.

South Florida moves to 5-4 on the season and needs just one win in any of their last three games (all at home) to earn bowl eligibility for a seventh straight year. They return to Raymond James Stadium to host the Miami Hurricanes on November 19.

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South Florida Vs. Syracuse Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The South Florida Bulls (4-4, 0-4 Big East) visit the Syracuse Orange (5-4, 1-3) in a nationally televised Big East clash this Veterans Day. Both teams have fallen of hard times of late, with the Bulls having dropped each of their last four games and the Orange losing two straight. A USF win would bring it into a tie with Syracuse for last place in the conference, while a loss would only further distance it from the pack.

Less than two months ago, the Bulls stood as the country's No. 16 team after their 52-24 drubbing of the UTEP Miners. Five days later, the unranked Pittsburgh Panthers crushed them, 44-17, to start unravelling their once-promising season.

Here are all the details about tonight's Bulls/Orange matchup you need:

Game date, time: 8 pm ET, Friday, Nov. 11

Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse

TV channel: ESPN 2, ESPN 3

Spread: Bulls favored by four

Series history: Bulls lead, 5-1

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit South Florida blog Voodoo Five and Syracuse blog Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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USF Vs. Syracuse Preview: Bulls Look To Salvage Season Against The Orange

After suffering its first four game losing streak in school history, the USF Bulls (4-4, 0-4) travel to upstate New York to take on the Syracuse Orange (5-4, 1-3) tonight in a Big East showdown. Kickoff is slated for 8:00 PM and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN2. If you can't get to a TV, Jim Louk and Mark Robinson will have the call for you on 970 WFLA, and will also be streaming on ESPN3.com.

In Syracuse's 13-9 win in Tampa last year in Tampa, the Orange were hyper aggressive on defense, blitzing on almost every play. The Bulls couldn't figure out who was coming, and it was by far USF's worst game offensively last year. The guys at Voodoo Five have their Five Keys to the Game up, and controlling the line of scrimmage is #1 on their list.

The offensive line didn't block much of anything in last year's meeting. The Bulls averaged just 2.6 yards per carry, and had serious issues picking up the Orange blitz when they were forced to throw. It was their worst game of the year, by far, and this could be one of this year's worst games unless they're able to open up running lanes and keep the pass rush from overwhelming them.

After a strong start to the season for both teams, USF and Syracuse have struggled mightily in conference play. Jamie DeVriend of Voodoo Five talked with Sean Keeley of Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician about what's going on with the Orange, and Keeley said that other than the West Virginia game they've just been as inconsistent as the Bulls.

There is a good football team in there. It shows up every so often. Ryan Nassib is a competent quarterback and he's got an offense loaded with weapons. Chandler Jones anchors a talented defense capable of making big plays. The pieces just don't come together often for the Orange. And we're still trying to figure out why.

If there is one match-up to watch for both teams, its how each secondary will do tonight. Both USF and Syracuse have had injury problems in the back, and whoever is able to make the most plays in the back should have the upperhand tonight.

One more injury note to watch is on USF's leading rusher Darrell Scott. Scott suffered a concussion and a sprained wrist in the 4th quarter of last week's game against Rutgers and will be a game-time decision tonight. If Scott is unable to go, Demetris Murray will get the start while reserve Marcus Shaw will serve as the primary backup.

For more on the Bulls, head over to our USF site Voodoo Five.

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USF Vs. Syracuse: Bulls Hope To End Four-Game Slide

The Bulls' loss last week was their fourth straight. Can they end the streak and avoid dipping below .500 this Friday against Syracuse?

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