South Florida edges Nevada 32-31

Associated Press Modified: September 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm •  Published: September 8, 2012
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — South Florida coach Skip Holtz said he was getting a bit nervous trailing Nevada 31-20 with less than three minutes to play. His quarterback? Not so much.

B.J. Daniels threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Dunkley with 2:37 on the clock and then a 56-yard scoring toss to Andre Davis with 38 seconds left Saturday to help the Bulls come from behind for a 32-31 victory.

"B.J did a great job," Holtz said. "Boy, he was poised. Even to the point where he was starting to (tick) me off a little bit, he was so calm.

"I was saying "B.J. let's go, let's go.' He was like, "Calm down. We've got this,' " he said.

Daniels completed 20 of 44 passes for 363 yards three touchdowns on the game. Davis, who also caught a 51-yard TD in the first quarter, finished with 12 catches for 191 yards.

Lindsey Lamar added 85 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Bulls (2-0), who suffered four losses by no more than a field down the stretch last season.

"We ended up four or five times on the losing end of these games a year ago," Holtz said. "To see these guys compete and finish it, hopefully they can gain a little bit of confidence from this."

Daniels said those tough losses helped prepare him better for Saturday's contest.

"I've seen it before," he said. "I've been through the highs and lows and ups and downs. I was just making sure we stayed focused -- not trying to hurry, just win," he said.

Cody Fajardo passed for 271 yards and a touchdown and ran for 134 yards and two more scores, and Stefphon Jefferson ran for 135 yards for the Wolf Pack (1-1), who won their opener last week at Cal and had lost only once in their last 18 home games.

"That's a real difficult loss," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "They're a really good football team, no question about it."

Nevada, which moved this season from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West, dominated early and led 21-13 at the half but Lamar ran 35 yards for a touchdown on South Florida's opening drive of the second half to cut the lead to 21-20.

"We have a lot of playmakers on this team and today we were able to utilize them," Lamar said.

Fajardo answered with passes of 23 yards to Brandon Wimberly and 19 yards to Kendall Brock before faking a handoff and rolling around the right side 14 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to make it 28-20.



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