Cincinnati 37

(6-1, 2-0 American)

South Florida 34

(4-3, 0-3 American)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 22, 2011

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 7 3 7 2037
USF 7 3 17 734

Top Performers

Passing: B. Daniels (USF) - 409 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Z. Collaros (CIN) - 10 CAR, 21 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Welch (USF) - 5 REC, 130 YDS

Zach Collaros scores go-ahead touchdown with 12 seconds left to lift Cincinnati

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Zach Collaros threw for three touchdowns and ran for two fourth-quarter scores, helping Cincinnati come from behind in the closing minutes Saturday to stay atop the Big East standings with a 37-34 victory over South Florida.

The senior quarterback finished a seven-play, 70-yard game-winning drive with a 2-yard TD run with 12 seconds remaining. Collaros also scored on a 3-yard run and threw a 30-yard TD pass to Alex Chisum to help Cincinnati (6-1, 2-0) wipe out a 10-point deficit early in the final quarter and finished 26 of 41 passing for 389 yards.

B.J. Daniels threw for 409 yards and three TDs for South Florida (4-3, 0-3). His 10-yard scoring pass to Andre Davis put the Bulls ahead 34-30 with 1:27 remaining.

However, that was more than enough time for Collaros to pull out Cincinnati's fifth straight win.

With West Virginia losing 49-23 at Syracuse and Rutgers falling 16-14 at Louisville on Friday night, Cincinnati is left as the only team that's unbeaten in Big East play. South Florida began the season with four straight wins that propelled the Bulls to a No. 16 national ranking, but they've now dropped three straight to begin a conference schedule that won't get any easier with trips to Rutgers and Syracuse for their next two games.

Collaros completed 26 of 41 passes and was intercepted twice. He threw TD passes of 6 yards to Isaiah Pead and 21 yards to Adrien Robinson in addition to his fourth quarter throw to Chisum, who made a leaping catch before tumbling in the end zone. Kenbrell Thompkins had six receptions for 114 yards, including a 33-yarder that helped the Bearcats get into position for the winning score.

Sterling Griffin and Andreas Shields also had touchdown receptions for South Florida.

Poor clock management cost South Florida a shot at taking the lead in the closing seconds of the second quarter. Daniels was stopped for no gain on second-and-goal from the Cincinnati 2 with about 20 seconds remaining, but the Bulls let time run down to 3 seconds before calling timeout to allow Maikon Bonani to kick a 20-yard field goal that made it 10-10 at the half.

The miscue capped a sloppy half in which both teams squandering scoring opportunities -- Cincinnati with Tony Miliano hooking a 33-yard field goal attempt wide left and Collaros throwing an end zone interception after the Bearcats recovered a fumble at the Bulls 13; and South Florida botching what would have been a 21-yard field goal try with a poor snap.

Daniels' scoring throw to Griffin finished a 10-play, 80-yard drive and was the first offensive touchdown allowed by Cincinnati's defense in 10 quarters. Murray's TD on the opening drive of the second half gave the Bulls a short-lived 17-10 lead that Collaros erased with a six-play, 80-yard march that Thompkins kept alive with a 39-yard reception on third-and-2 from the Bearcats 40.

South Florida regained the lead on Bonani's second field goal of the game. Daniels, who completed 31 of 47 passes, put the Bulls up 27-17 with his TD pass to Shields late in the third quarter.

Collaros was 4 of 6 for 69 yards on the winning drive. Thompkins' 33-yard reception gave the Bearcats a first down at the South Florida 22. Collaros also threw 21 yards to Anthony McClung on the march.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2629
Total Yards507495
3rd Down Conversions7-166-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-2

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Scoring Summary

TD06:22Sterling Griffin 14 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 07
TD02:21Isaiah Pead 6 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 77
FG09:05Tony Miliano 43 Yd 107
FG00:00Maikon Bonani 20 Yd 1010
TD09:50Demetris Murray 1 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 1017
TD07:33Adrien Robinson 21 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 1717
FG03:03Maikon Bonani 40 Yd 1720
TD00:16Andreas Shields 17 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 1727
TD14:19Zach Collaros 3 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 2427
TD09:13Alex Chisum 30 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Pat Blocked) 3027
TD01:27Andre Davis 10 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 3034
TD00:12Zach Collaros 2 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 3734