TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Taurus Johnson picked a good time to
finally reach the end zone.
Johnson hauled in a 29-yard touchdown reception from Matt Grothe
late in the fourth quarter to lift South Florida to an exciting
21-20 victory over Florida International.
A true sophomore, Johnson played 12 games in his freshman
campaign but never recorded a TD.
But after failing to have even one catch in the Bulls' season
opener last week, the 6-1 Johnson rebounded with his best career
performance Saturday, collecting 106 yards on six receptions.
The Bulls trailed, 20-7, with five minutes left in the third
quarter when Johnson scored on a 14-yard reverse for his first
career touchdown. He gave USF the lead for good with 2:29
remaining in the contest with his first career TD reception.
Making his first collegiate start, Grothe completed 15-of-28
attempts for 174 yards and two interceptions. He also ran for
82 yards on 16 carries to lead the Bulls (2-0) to a win in the
first ever meeting between the two schools.
Josh Padrick went 20-for-33 for 238 yards and a TD for the
Golden Panthers (0-2), who controlled the time of possession but
converted just 5-of-16 third downs.
West Virginia running back Justin Crawford will skip the Mountaineers' bowl game to focus on preparing for the 2018 NFL draft.
Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs signed a new two-year contract through the 2019 season.
Oregon running back Royce Freeman is the latest high-profile player to sit out his team's bowl game to avoid the risk of injury with a potentially lucrative NFL career coming into focus.
UCF RB Adrian Killins says that Auburn is in for a rude awakening in the Peach Bowl because they haven't "seen any speed like we have here."
UCF running back Adrian Killins Jr. says the Knights will have a leg up on Auburn in the speed department because as a whole, SEC teams "don't have a lot of speed."
Florida State President John Thrasher believes his football facilities compare favorably to any in the country, and there is still some bad blood between he and Jimbo Fisher.