USF vs FIU: Game Break Down

USF looks to continue its winning ways against FIU this Saturday Sept 9th at Raymond James Stadium. Take a look at the game day breakdown of the South Florida Bulls vs the Florida International Golden Panthers when they meet at 7:00pm this Saturday



When: Saturday Sept 09, 2006 7:00p.m.
Location: Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL
Capacity: 65,000
Surface: Natural Grass, Tiftway Bermuda 419
Television: ESPN 360
Radio: The Bulls Network WFLA-AM 970

Saturday is the first meeting between South Florida and Florida International

The Coaches:
South Florida - Jim Leavitt (10th season)
Florida International – Don Stock (Fifth Season)

Last Season: USF Bulls 6-6 - FIU Golden Panthers 5-6
This Season: USF Bulls 1-0 – FIU Golden Panthers 0-1

South Florida Bulls are in the  BIG EAST 
Florida International Golden Panthers are in the Sun Belt

Last Year:
South Florida finished 6-6 and went to the Meineke Car Care Bowl .
Florida International Golden Panthers went 5-6 in their fourth year of competing

Last Game played USF:
The South Florida Bulls defeated McNeese State 41-10, which ended  a three game losing streak, the second longest in school history, that dated back to last season. Redshirt Freshmen Matt Grothe played in his first college game when he replaced an injured Pat Julmiste in the second quarter. Grothe Scored his first touchdown as a Bull on a QB keeper and finished the game with 171 yards on 9-of-13 passing with two touchdowns. One a 47 yard pass to Marcus Edwards, his first as a Bull, the other to Ean Randolph for his first TD at USF as well. Also Walt Smith replaced an injured Moise Plancher and  finished the game with 7 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns

USF Firsts last week:

  • Matt Grothe Scored his first TD as a Bull on a 1 yard rush
  • Matt Grothe first TD pass was a 47 yarder to Marcus Edwards
  • Marcus Edwards 47 yard TD catch was his first as a Bull
  • Ean Randolph 12 yard TD catch was his first
  • USF's Keeley Dorsey Scored his first TD as a Bull on a 52 yard scamper on the games final play.
  • Walt Smith scored his first TD as a Bull on a 24 yard rush
  • In all 22 players made their USF debut
  • 9 USF players made their first career starts

Last Game Played FIU:
Florida International Golden Panthers lost 7-6 at Middle Tennessee State.  Florida International scored first off of a 12-yard run by Julian Reams. A missed extra point proved to be the difference for the Golden Panthers since the only other score, a 33 yard run by Middle Tennessee State, included the all important point after. FIU rushed 25 times for 97 yards while throwing for 150 yards. The defense held Middle Tennessee State to only 97 yards off of 35 carries.

Game Notes:

  • FIU is in its fifth year of competition
  • FIU's Josh Patrick was the Sunbelt's top passer in 2005.
  • FIU's Keyonvis Bouie- led the sunbelt conference in tackles in 2005
  • First year USF Defensive line coach, Bernard "Tiger" Clark was defensive coordinator for FIU the last two seasons.
  • A win would give USF a 2-0 record for just the third time in their 10 year history.

 Tale of the Tape:





Big East/ NCAA Rank

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Passing Off





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Scoring Off





Rushing Def





Passing Def





Pass Efficiency Def





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Scoring Def





Net Punting





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Turnover Margin






The Players:

The South Florida Bulls  on Offense (Last Week Stats)
Quarterback: Matt Grothe -  9 /13 for 171 yards W/2 TD's - 10 rushes for 66 yards w/1 TD 
Quarterback:  Pat Julmiste -  5/8/38 yards w/1 INT, 3/23 yards rush
Running back  Walt Smith 7 carries for 70 yards  with 2 TD's

Running back: Keeley Dorsey 2 carries for 56 yards with 1 TD
Receiver: Marcus Edwards 3 for 62 yards with 1 TD
Receiver: Amarri  Jackson 3 catches for 31 yards
Receiver: Ean Randolph- 3 catches for 24 yards with 1 TD
Receiver: Anthony Hill 2 catches for 17 yards
Receiver: S.J. Green- 1 catch for 6 yards
Tight End:
Cedric Hill 2 catches for 69 yards

The South Florida Bulls  on Offense (2005 Stats)
Quarterback: Matt Grothe -  Redshirt Freshmen
Quarterback:  Pat Julmiste - Senior last year was (124/242/1,489 yards) ,6 TD's w/11 int's - 336 yards rushing w/4 TD's 
Running back:  Walt Smith Played in all 12 games, mostly on special teams

Running back: Keeley Dorsey - True Freshmen
Receiver: Amarri  Jackson 22 rec. for 242 yards, 6 carries for 87 yards w/3 TD's 
Receiver: Marcus Edwards 5 catches  for 110 yards
Receiver: S.J. Green- 16 catches for 229 and 1 TD
Receiver: Taurus Johnson- One of 5 true freshmen to play for the Bulls last year
Receiver: Ean Randolph- Transfer from Weber College  


The South Florida Bulls on Defense (Last Week Stats):
Linebacker: Stephen Nicholas - 7 tackles/1 for a loss/ 1 pass Break up
Linebacker: Patrick St. Louis- 4 tackles, 
Linebacker: Ben Moffitt - 4 tackles
Safety: Jeremy Burnett - 6 tackles 1 for a loss, 1 pass break-up
Safety: Danny Verpaele - 3 tackles , one for a loss, 
Cornerback: Mike Jenkins 1 tackles, 1 pass breakup
Cornerback: Trae Williams 2 tackles, 1 INT, 2 pass Brup's, 1 blkd punt

The South Florida Bulls on Defense (2005 stats):
Linebacker: Stephen Nicholas - 79 tackles/15.5 for a loss/ 7 sacks, 2FF, 1FR
Linebacker: Patrick St. Louis- 89 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 2FF
Linebacker: Ben Moffitt - 96 tackles/15 for a loss/ 2.5sacks, 4 FF, 1 FR, 2 Blkd Kick
Cornerback: Mike Jenkins 38 tackles, 33 unassisted with 2 interceptions
Cornerback: Trae Williams 39 tackles, 23 unassisted, with 2 interceptions


Florida International Top Returning statistical leaders:
Quarterback: Josh Patrick- 221 of 336 for 2,461 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. (Was the Sunbelt's top passer in 2005)
Running Back: A'Mod Ned- 88 carries for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns
Receiver: Chandler Williams- 61 receptions for 870 yards and 2 touchdowns
Defense: Keyonvis Bouie- 65 solo tackles, 53 assists, 2 sacks, and 11 tackles for loss (led the sunbelt conference in tackles in 2005)




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