USF Game Grades: FIU

The Bulls played their second game of the season Saturday against FIU. For the second week in a row the Bulls started off slow, but thanks to a great game by WR Taurus Johnson, and the Bulls stout defense they came back and won 21-20. USFnation.com hands out game grades position-by-position. Read on to see how they graded out.

 

QB: Offensively the team again struggled until midway through the third quarter. Matt Grothe, threw 2 interceptions including one that was returned 14 yards for a touchdown which gave FIU a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. However when it counted, he led the team on a 80 yard drive that ended with a Taurus Johnson 14 yard reverse for a touchdown with 4:59 to go in the third. Then with 2.33 left in the game, he threw the game winning touchdown to Johnson as he beat the safety to the corner of the end zone. Grothe finished 15 of 28 while throwing for 174 yards including one touchdown and rushing for 82 yards on 16 carries. It wasn't his best effort but when it counted he got the job done.
Grade: B

 

WR: Overall, the Bull's receivers had an okay game. Seven different receivers caught a pass on Saturday but Taurus Johnson was the only one who seemed to step up. Johnson caught six balls for 106 yards and one touchdown as well as one rushing touchdown. The other receivers had less then stellar game. Marcus Edwards had 3 for 24 yards. Ean Randolph had 2 catches for 9 yards, and TE Devin Gordon had 1 catch for 24 yards. Also Amp Hill caught 1 for 14 yards. But when the Bulls needed a big play it was Taurus Johnson that came up big this week, scoring on the 14 yard reverse in the third, and also scoring on the 29 yard pass with 2:33 left.
Grade C+

 

RB: Considering the fact that the Bulls were missing their number one and two backs against FIU, they still barely had a running game besides QB Matt Grothe and WR Taurus Johnson. It's not surprising that none of the Bulls backs did very well. Walt Smith had 7 carries for -8 yards with a fumble that he recovered. In the first quarter, true freshmen Keeley Dorsey fumbled the ball away on first and 10 on the FIU 40, ending the Bulls drive and finished the game with 2 carries for 7 yards. However Ben Williams did finish with 6 carries for 31 yards, which is a 5.2-yard average including a 20 yard scamper on 4th down to seal the victory in the final moments.
Grade C-

 

O-Line: Due to injuries The Bulls are using a platoon of players on the line, and it is taking them some time to get used to each other. Once again the big plus was that they gave up zero sacks for the second week in a row. The big negative was that they had no real push, and had trouble establishing a running game.
Grade B

 

DB's: They gave up 238 yards total passing to FIU, but only allowed one score, a 3 yard pass to Josh Padrick at the end of the second quarter. Trae Williams had five tackles and recorded another interception while Jeremy Burnett, who had five tackles, once again delivered the hardest hits on the field.
Grade A-

 

LB: The linebackers played a solid game, but when the Bulls needed a big play, they looked to Father Ben. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, FIU running back Julian Reams had the football stripped by Ben Moffitt, Richard Clebert then recovered the ball, and the Bulls scored shortly after. For the game, Moffitt had eight tackles and two tackles for loss.
Grade B+

 

D-line: They were able to get a lot more pressure on the QB in this past weekend's game and only gave up 51 yards off of 31 carries. They are young but getting better every week this week George Selvie had nine tackles, five tackles for a loss, and two sacks in only his second college start. Richard Clebert had a sack and was the one who recovered Ben Moffitt's Fumble that led to the Bulls score, and comeback win.
Grade A-

 

Special teams: For the second week in a row, the special teams unit was horrible. The only reason they did not receive an F was because of Ean Randolph, who should not have to buy his own lunch for a week. He had three punt returns for touchdowns, but two of them called back for penalties. The Bulls allowed an 87 yard punt return which gave FIU a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Also Mike Benzer missed his only field goal attempt making him 0-5 in field goal attempts at USF over the past two seasons. 
Grade D-

 

 

 

 

 


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