South Florida (Bulls, 9,355 students, Tampa, FL) 31, CLEMSON 26 – Clemson executed a perfect onside kick, scored a T.D. and missed recovering the second and final onside attmept by one yard.
B.J. Daniels threw two touchdowns passes and ran for a third and South Florida finished coach Skip Holtz's first season with a victory over Clemson on Friday in the Meineke Bowl.
Mo Plancher also ran for a score for the Bulls (8-5), who took control after Tigers quarterback Kyle Parker left at halftime with broken ribs. South Florida secured its fifth straight eight-win season and earned its first bowl win over a team from a BCS automatic-qualifying league.
Parker's final football game before embarking on a baseball career ended abruptly when broke ribs when tackled near the goal line at the end of the second quarter.
Backup Tajh Boyd was picked off by JaQuez Jenkins on the first play of the fourth. His 48-yard return set up Daniels' 8-yard TD run to make it 31-13 and gave the Tigers (6-7) their first losing season in 11 years.
After a slow start, the Bulls finished with wins in five of their last seven games and gave the beleaguered Big East a 3-1 bowl record.
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