TAMPA (AP) - B.J. Daniels threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night, helping the University of South Florida launch the Skip Holtz era with a 59-14 rout of Stony Brook in the season opener for both teams.
Daniels teamed with Dontavia Bogan on a 59-yard score on the Bulls' first offensive play. The third-year sophomore later threw a 27-yard TD pass to Joel Miller.
Holtz became the head coach of the Bulls in January after five seasons at East Carolina. The son of former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach Lou Holtz is only the second coach in USF's 13-year history.
Stony Brook QB Michael Coulter threw a first-quarter TD pass that gave the Seawolves a brief 14-7 lead, however he also tossed three interceptions and had one of them returned for a touchdown that put USF up 52-14 late in the third quarter.
Daniels completed 15 of 22 passes before leaving the game after leading a five-play, 80-yard TD drive to start the second half.
The game was Stony Brook's first against a Football Subdivision opponent, and the Seawolves have already signed contracts to play three more FBS schools - Buffalo, Army and Boston College - in the next three years.
Miller did not have a career reception before Saturday night. Daniels found him slanting into the end zone with six seconds remaining in the opening half, finishing a nine-play, 61-yard drive that put USF up 31-14.
USF mistakes on special teams led to both of Stony Brook's touchdowns, with Faron Hornes fumbling on a punt return at his own 35 and Bulls punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann being ruled down at the USF 27 for a 15-yard loss after going down on one knee to field a bad snap.
Coulter threw 31 yards to Jordan Gush to set up a 3-yard TD run by Edwin Gowins. The junior's 27-yard scoring pass to Brock Jackolski, a transfer from Hofstra, gave Stony Brook a 14-7 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
Coulter completed 9 of 21 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown. Miguel Maysonet led Stony Brook in rushing with 72 yards on 11 carries.