In the two games between USF and NIU, on Saturday and Aug. 30 of last year, the Bulls scored a total of seven touchdowns.Five of those scores were provided by wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin.
The senior wideout broke Saturday’s game open with a 95-yard touchdown reception from Marquel Blackwell in the third quarter, the longest play in USF history, edging a 94-yard kick return by Charlie Jackson against Charleston Southern Nov. 1, 1997.
“I had a go route, and (Marquel) told me as soon as I get past the corner, just turn my head around and the ball would be there,” Rubin said. “(Marquel) put it in there on time, the safety couldn’t get there in time. The safety thought I didn’t see him; he tried to take me out. I saw him, and I just dodged him and went the distance.”
Said NIU coach Joe Novak, “When you see a guy running down the sideline 80 yards and nobody in the way, that’s demoralizing.”
Rubin also extended his record for career TD receptions to 13, and he remains the only Bull to ever post multiple 100-yard receiving games (three) and return a punt for a touchdown, a feat he has accomplished four times.