USF gets much needed TD

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- USF got a much-needed long touchdown drive to give itself some breathing room over Notre Dame in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls were able to put together a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Daniels to Evan Landi, giving them a 23-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The drive wasn't without its share of tense moments. USF had a third-and-goal from the 1, but was called for an illegal substitution penalty coming out of a timeout. On third-and-goal from the 6, Daniels lofted a pass for Sterling Griffin in the corner of the end zone that went incomplete. But Gary Gray was called for pass interference.

USF scored on the next play. The drive was their longest of the afternoon and came when the Bulls needed it most.