USFNation Game Balls: FIU

USFnation.com rewards three players, who were key contributors, for the Bulls in Saturday's 21-20 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers. Read on to find out who we handed out game balls to.

1. The Defense - Once again, the defense kept South Florida alive until the very end. A three yard touchdown pass to Samuel Smith was the only score given up by the Bulls all day long. More importantly, when the team needed them they made the plays necessary for USF to be victorious. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Julian Reams rushed for a gain of one before having the football stripped by Ben Moffitt. As the ball lied on the Bulls' 29 yard line, Richard Clebert, who also had a sack, claimed it as his own. One minute later the Bulls found themselves leading for the first time all day. For the second week in a row, Trae Williams played brilliantly in the secondary and repeatedly held the receivers in check. In the second quarter, Williams ran a better route then the player he was covering and positioned himself perfectly for the interception. For the game, the leader in the stat categories was George Selvie who had nine tackles, five tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Directly behind him was Moffitt who along with being the hero had eight tackles. The hard hitting of Jeremy Burnett and the presence of Patrick St. Louis, who had a key fourth and one stop, has made this year's defense one to be feared by all competition.

 

2. Taurus Johnson - When Matt Grothe needed someone to pick up the slack for the Bulls' offense, Taurus Johnson became his go-to guy. For the game, Johnson caught six passes for 106 yards and one touchdown as well as rushed for one on his only carry of the game. His two touchdowns helped the Bulls complete the comeback. His first score came in the third quarter off of a 14 yard rush. On that play, Johnson seemed to be stopped on a reverse 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. After one broken tackle, he shot through the line of scrimmage as well as the grasps of five other defenders.  His second score was the final nail in the coffin of Florida International. On second and ten during the Bulls final drive of the game, Grothe completed a 29 yard touchdown pass to Johnson who hauled in the winning score. 

 

3. Ean Randolph – While he may have not been completely utilized as a receiver, Randolph made his presence known on special teams. FIU's first punt of the game was retuned by Randolph 51 yards for a touchdown. Mistakes haunted the Bulls though and the play was nullified because of a block below the waist. Then in second quarter, he returned one 76 yards for a touchdown for the Bulls first points of the game. It was the second longest return in the school's history. On the following punt, he returned it 62 yards for a touchdown, but the play was once again called back due to a face mask penalty. Even though two of his three touchdown returns were called back for penalties, when the Bulls needed someone to step up and get them back in the game Randolph did his part.

 


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