PITTSBURGH — South Florida's national showcase turned into Ray Graham's coming out party.

PITTSBURGH — South Florida's national showcase turned into Ray Graham's coming out party.

The Pittsburgh running back rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers dominated the 16th-ranked Bulls 44-17 on Thursday night.

Graham's 13-yard touchdown gave Pitt (3-2, 1-0 Big East) the lead for good late in the first half and his 8-yard sprint up the middle early in the fourth quarter sealed it as the Panthers broke a five-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

The junior added four receptions for 42 yards and even returned kickoffs, a duty he insisted on after the Panthers struggled in the return game early.

Pitt kept USF's BJ Daniels under wraps all night. One of the nation's top duel-threat quarterbacks couldn't get it going with his arm or legs. Daniels ran for 43 yards —— almost all of it coming on a last-gasp drive — and completed 18 of 36 passes for 223 mostly ineffective yards.

The Panthers hadn't beaten a ranked opponent since handling the then 10th-ranked Bulls in 2008. Five straight losses against quality competition followed, helping lead to former coach Dave Wannstedt's retirement at the end of last season.

Todd Graham came in promising to put together the kind of fireworks lacking during the end of the Wannstedt era. Graham has dubbed his system "high octane" and after a month of sputtering, the Panthers delivered a dynamic performance.

Tino Sunseri threw for 216 yards and a score for the Panthers, who avoided a second-half meltdown for a third straight week and instead poured it on against the sloppy, inconsistent Bulls (4-1, 0-1).