"It's awesome to be able to be from Tampa and to be at USF, and to be a part of something big in Tampa ... It means a lot to me because I can do it for my home town and for my home city." - Andre Davis
Saturdays don't get much better than this:
Twelve catches, 191 yards receiving, both school records, and two touchdowns of over 50 yards. USF sophomore Andre Davis was nearly unstoppable.
"It's a big accomplishment," said the 6-foot-1 receiver. "That's what I was trying to do. Just do it for the team because they deserve it."
Davis helped the Bulls pull off a miraculous comeback against Nevada, capped off by his go-ahead score with under a minute to play. It was a moment quarterback B-J Daniels knew was coming.
"Andre's done it all fall and all spring. All summer we've been working on the deep ball, just trying to be more consistent with the passing game," said the Bulls' senior quarterback. "Saturday he just really had an opportunity to show what he's been working on."
USF is encouraging fans to "dream in green and gold" this year. On Saturday, Davis was a one-man nightmare for Nevada. The former Jefferson high school standout said that's exactly what he expected when he decided to stay in his hometown to play college football.
"It's awesome to be able to be from Tampa and to be at USF, and to be a part of something big in Tampa," said Davis. "It means a lot to me because I can do it for my home town and for my home city."
Davis caught a 51-yard touchdown pass in the first half for USF's first score and added a long 56-yard scoring catch with 38 seconds left in the game that gave the Bulls a 32-31 lead.
His 191 yards against Nevada breaks the longest standing record in Bulls history. Clif Dell (149 yards) set the mark to beat in the Bulls' inaugural game against Kentucky Wesleyan on September 6, 1997.
Davis' previous career high for catches in a game was four. Before Saturday's explosion, his career high for receiving yards in a game was 62. He set that mark last year as a freshman against Syracuse.
The Bulls are back at home Thursday night. They will host Big East rival Rutgers on national TV. The game will air on ESPN. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.