USFN Insider Game Balls: USF-Miami

Check out who earned our game balls and helmet decals for the Bulls performance in the stunning 17-7 win over Miami. Only on USFNation.com

Game Balls: Offense

The Bulls Defense

The entire defensive squad really deserves mention for the win, from the D-line, to the linebackers, to the secondary, all came up big. Holding Miami to a scoreless first half, forcing 6 straight punts to open the game, and out of the end zone until 3:14 left in the third. They also limited both Miami QBs to a combined 188 yards passing, 0 TDs, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, with the second coming when the Canes were in field goal range with 55 seconds left in regulation to force OT. In the extra session the Miami ran off 17 straight points to take a 17-10 lead with 8:44 left, but the Bulls defense came up big in the end to preserve the victory

LB Jacquian Williams

The USF senior linebacker picked off Miami QB Stephen Morris and returned it 12-yards in the third quarter to setup the Bulls first touchdown of the game. The interception was the senior LBs first of his career, and he finished with 7 tackles, one for-a-loss, 1 interception, and a pass break-up

CB Quenton Washington

The Bulls corner has been much maligned this season, but against the Canes played his best game yet. Washington had solid coverage,finished with 4 tackles and had two huge pass break-ups including one in the end zone on Hankerson to save a touchdown.

SS Jerrell Young

The USF junior's interception with 0:05 remaining in the fourth quarter came while Miami was driving deep in USF's territory. The pick took away a chance for a long FG, preserved the tie and forced overtime. It was his third pick of his career, and of the season. Young also had 4 solo tackles in the game

 

Helmet Decals: Defense

DE Ryne GiddinsThe redshirt freshman making his first career start came up big with a sack, 2 tackles for a loss and 6 tackles, while causing pressure throughout the game
DT Terrell McClain – The USF senior was a force in the interior, blowing up plays throughout the day, finishing with 6 tackles, 1 and a half tackle for-a-losses.
DE David Bedford – The Bulls senior D-end was in on the forced fumble on Miami running back Damien Berry on a goal-line stand in the second quarter, finishing with 3 tackles and forced fumble
LB Sabbath Joseph – In what was basically his homecoming game, had a key pass break-up and in overtime while facing a 3 & 9, made a huge tackle on Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson just short of the first to force a field goal, and gave the Bulls the chance for the win.
LB Sam Barrington – The Bulls sophomore made his pressence known, finishing with 6 tackles, a tackle for-a-loss, and a pass break
LB DeDe Lattimore – The sophomore linebacker may only have finished with 2 tackles, but was all over the field, filled the gaps, was in on the goal line stand, and redirected the offensive flow back into his teammates
DB Kayvon Webster – The Bulls sophomore made a huge play, standing up Berry on the goal line, so his teammates could strip the ball. He finished with 5 tackles on the day

Game Balls: Offense

QB Bobby Eveld

The true freshman replaced starter BJ Daniels to start the second half, and played more than admirably. Going 8 of 15 for 120 yards while managing the offense to two second half scores, including a game-tying QB keeper for a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, the first of his career. In overtime Eveld hit Joel Miller for a 9-yard pass to the Miami 1. Murray scored on the next play for the win

RB Demetris Murray

The sophomore scored on an eight yard TD run in the third quarter, and also had the game winning a 1-yard touchdown in OT, to give the Bulls the victory. Murray finished with 13 carries for 45 yards and two scores

WR Joel Miller

The junior wide-out showed up leading the Bulls WRs with 4 catches for 60 yards, and made several big time catches, including one down to the 1-yard line in OT, that led to the winning score

Helmet Decals: Offense

RB Moise Plancher –The senior back led the Bulls in rushing with 101 yards rushing on 24 carries, and if it wasn't for his fumble would have had a great day
TE Kevin Gidrey – The senior tight end didn't record a catch, but made several big blocks, and made a huge play stripping a would be interception on the Miami 5-yard line
WR Dontavia Bogan – The USF senior receiver took awhile to warm up, but came up with several key receptions late in the game that led to scores, finishing with 3 catches for 56 yards
The Offensive line - With all the question marks entering the game, the unit played a very solid game, they had their share of mistakes, but also allowed for the Bulls to rush for 167 yards with two scores, and allowed the QB's to find the receivers when it mattered most, and only allowed 3-sacks

Helmet Decals: special Teams

P Justin Brockhaus-KannThe Bulls sophomore punter had a solid day punting, finishing with 10 punts for a 41 average, with a long of 52, and two inside the 20. His long hang time allowed the Bulls gunners to contain the Cane's returners to a 4 yard average


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