USF vs Rutgers: Game Day

USF gets ready to take on 23rd ranked Rutgers in their first Big East Conference game of the season. Take a look at the complete game day breakdown of the USF Bulls vs. the Rutgers Scarlet Knights when they meet at Raymond James this Friday at 8:00. Only on USFNation.com!

  

             

        USF     vs   Rutgers

When: Friday Sept 29, 2006 8:00p.m.
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fl
Capacity: 65,000
Surface: Natural Grass (Tiftway Bermuda 419)
Television: ESPN2
Radio: The Bulls Network WFLA-AM 970

Friday is the second meeting between USF and Rutgers. Last year USF beat Rutgers 41-25 in New Brunswick, NJ

The Coaches:
South Florida - Jim Leavitt (10th season)
Rutgers Greg Schiano (6th Season)

Last Season: USF Bulls 6-6 - Rutgers Scarlet Knights 7-5
This Season: USF Bulls 3-1 – Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4-0

Conference:
South Florida Bulls are in the  BIG EAST 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights are in the Big EAST

Last Year:
USF - finished 6-6 and went to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, losing 14-0 to N.C. State.
Rutgers - finished 7-5 and went to the Insight Bowl, losing to Arizona State 45-40.

Last Game played USF:
The Bulls are coming off their first defeat of the season, losing 13-7 to Kansas last Saturday in Lawrence. The game was close to the end, but the Bulls were unable to pull out the victory. Quarterback Matt Grothe led the Bulls with 196 yards passing on 17-of-32 attempts, and also led USF in rushing with 66 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 7 yard run, the Bulls only touchdown of the game.  Marcus Edwards led the team in receiving, with 52 yards on four catches. Ean Randolph had 5 catches for 47 yards, and Taurus Johnson also had 47 receiving yards on 3 catches in the loss.

USF vs. Kansas Game Notes:

  • The Bulls 13-7 loss to Kansas ended the Bulls 3 game winning streak
  • The scoreless 1st half was the second time the bulls played a game that was 0-0 at the end of the first half, the first was in 1999 when USF beat Southwest Texas 17-10.
  • The Bulls defense gave up just one touchdown against Kansas, which was only their second touchdown allowed through 4 games of the season.
  • Matt Grothe led USF in rushing for the third straight week with 66 yards on 18 carries, while passing for 196 yards.
  • Grothe accounted for 262 of the teams 309 total yards.
  • Stephen Nicholas had a monster game, his best of the season, posting 15 tackles, 10 of them solo, 2 tackles for a loss, and one pass broken up. 
 

Last Game Played Rutgers:
Rutgers is 4-0 this season and is coming off a convincing 56-7 win over Howard, the teams 3rd home game in a row. 

 A Look at Rutgers:

  • Rutgers comes into the USF game ranked 23rd, the Scarlet Knights first top 25 ranking since 1976.
  • Rutgers 4-0 record is the teams best start since 1980.
  • Rutgers is ranked 4th in total defense nationally (205 ypg), 5th in scoring defense (7.5ppg), and 25th in scoring offense (33.5ppg)
  • Rutgers has 23 players from the state of Florida.
  • Last years trip to the insight Bowl was Rutgers first bowl game in 27 years.
  • RB Ray Rice is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and  is 1st in the Big East and 4th nationally with 151 yards per game. He also has scored 9 touchdowns and has  rushed for more than 100 yards in 6 straight games.
  • FB Brian Leonard has caught 16 passes for 153 yards and rushed for 116 yards on 25 carries with 2 rushing scores.
  • QB Mike Teel has thrown for 506 yards(56%) with 2 TD's and 5 interceptions.
  • On defense Courtney Green leads with 25 tackles, Devraun Thompson and Quintero Frierson each has 20 tackles with 2 sacks, and Jamaal Westerson leads the team with 2.5 sacks

 

 

How they match up

Bulls Rankings

OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 155.5(48th)
Pass Yds/Gm 228.0(36th)
Total Yds/Gm 383.5(35th)
Average Pts/Gm 23.3(35th)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 91.0(29th)
Pass Yds/Gm 202.8(77th)
Total Yds/Gm 293.8(44th)

Scarlet Knights Rankings

OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 203.8(15th)
Pass Yds/Gm 128.8(106th)
Total Yds/Gm 332.5(65th)
Average Pts/Gm 33.5(65th)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 69.3(11th)
Pass Yds/Gm 135.8(13rd)
Total Yds/Gm 205.0(4th)

 

Tale of the Tape

  Category

 USF

Big East/ NCAA RANK

  RU

Big 12/ NCAA Rank

Rushing Off

155.5

(5/48)

203.75

(4/16)

Passing Off

228.0

(3/36)

128.75

(7/106)

Total Off

383.5

(5/36)

332.5

(6/65)

Scoring Off

23.25

(6/68)

33.5

(4/25)

Rushing Def

91.0

(3/29)

69.25

(2/11)

Passing Def

202.75

(5/76)

135.75

(2/13)

Pass Efficiency Def

103.6

(5/25)

85.0

(1/7)

Total Def

293.75

(6/44)

205.0

(1/4)

Scoring Def

15.0

(5/30)

7.5

(1/5)

Net Punting

23.5

(8/118)

37.6

(3/32)

Punt Returns

19.7

(1/4)

9.3

(3/48)

Kick Returns

21.2

(5/47)

14.8

(8/117)

Turnover Margin

-0.5

(8/79)

1.0

(3/18)

Rutgers is favored by 4 points

   

The USF Players

The South Florida Bulls on Offense (Season Stats):

Quarterback Matt Grothe -  62 of 104 for 843 yards w/6 TD's W/5INT's, (59.6 %), (137) QB rating, 69 for 279 yards rushing W/2 TD, (4.5avg.)
Runningback Ben Williams - 25 for 100 yards (4.0 avg.) 
Runningback Walt Smith - 20 for 77yards W/2 TD's, (3.9 avg.)
Runningback Keeley Dorsey-9 for 66 yards W/1 TD, (7.3 avg.)
Receiver Ean Randolph - 15 catches for 206 yards with 2 TD, (13.7 avg)
Receiver Taurus Johnson - 12 for 193 W/1 TD, 1 rush for 14 yards W/1TD, (16.1 avg)
Receiver Marcus Edwards - 139 for 163 yards W/2 TD, (12.5 avg.)
Receiver Anthony (Amp) Hill 7 catches for 89 yards, (13.8 avg.)
Receiver Amarri  Jackson - 7 catches for 48 yards, (6.7 avg.)
Receiver   S.J. Green - 3 catches for 34 yards (11.3 avg)
Tight End  Cedric Hill - 3 catches for 79 yards, (26.3 avg.)

 

The South Florida Bulls on Defense (Season Stats):

Linebacker: Stephen Nicholas - 32 tackles/19 solo/3 for a loss/ 2 pass Break up/ 3 QB hit
Linebacker: Ben Moffitt - 28 tackles/ 3.5 for a loss/ 1FF/ 3QB Hit
Linebacker:  Patrick St. Louis - 22  tackles/ 15 solo/  2 pass break up
Safety: Jeremy Burnett - 23 tackles/ 15 solo / 1 for a loss, 3 pass break-up
Safety: Danny Verpaele - 14 tackles /11 solo/  1 for a loss/ 2 pass break-up 
Cornerback: Mike Jenkins - 8 tackles, 6 pass breakup, 1 Forced Fumble
Cornerback: Trae Williams - 18 tackles 4 INT, 4 pass Brkup's, 1 blkd punt
Defensive End: George Selvie - 26 tackles / 15 solo / 5.5 for a loss/  2.5 sacks/ 3 QB hit
Defensive Tackle: Richard Clebert - 12 tackles/ 2 for a loss/ 1 sack/ 5 QB hit/ 1 fumble recovery
Nose Tackle: Allen Cray - 18 tackles/ 10 solo/ 4.5 for a loss/ 3 .5 sacks/ 2QB hit/ 1FF/ 1FR
Defensive End:   Chris Robinson - 6 tackles/ 1 for a loss/ 1 sack/ 1 pass breakup/ 2 FF / 1 FR/ 4 QB hits


USF vs. Rutgers Depth Chart (Subject to change)

Offense

 

First Team

Second Team

QB 08  Matt Grothe (Fr., 6-0, 200) 03  Pat Julmiste (Sr., 6-3, 220)
RB 01  Ben Williams (So., 5-7, 190) 25 Walt Smith (Sr., 5-10, 175)
X 11 Marcus Edwards (So., 5-11, 175) 06 Amp Hill (So., 6-3, 205)
Y 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175) 89 Taurus Johnson (So., 6-1, 190)
Z 81 S.J. Green (Sr., 6-3, 220)  18 Amarri Jackson (Jr., 6-5, 195)
LT 75 Thed Watson (Sr., 6-5,295)  71 Matt Huners (So., 6-3, 290)
LG 71 Matt Huners (So., 6-3, 290) 65 Ryan Schmidt (So., 6-5, 305)
OC 69 Nick Capogna (Jr., 6-3, 275) 65 Ryan Schmidt (So., 6-5, 305)
RG 75 Walter Walker (Jr., 6-5, 305)  73 Danny Tolley (Fr., 6-6, 310)
RT 78 Marc Dile (So., 6-4, 310)  70 Jared Carnes (Jr., 6-7, 310)
TE 84 Will Bleakley (Sr., 6-3, 240)  44 Devin Gordon (Sr., 6-3, 240)


Defense

 

First Team

Second Team

LE 90 Jarriett Buie (Jr., 6-3,240) 52 Treco Bellamy (Jr., 6-3, 240)
NT 94 Allen Cray (Jr., 6-0, 295) 99 Julian Riley (Jr., 6-3, 290)
DT 96 Woody George (Jr., 6-3, 265) 93 Siaosi Uhatafe (Jr. 6-2, 250)
RE 95 George Selvie (Fr., 6-4, 255) 49 Chris Robinson (Fr. 6-3, 240)
SAM 51 Stephen Nicholas (Sr. 6-3, 225) 40 Houston Hess (Fr. 6-3, 220)
MIKE 59 Ben Moffitt (Jr. 6-2, 240) 53 Brouce Mompremier (So. 6-1, 225)
WILL 54 Patrick St. Louis (Sr. 6-1, 230) 56 Sam Miller (Jr. 5-11, 200)
LC 21 Trae Williams (Jr.,5-10, 185) 34 Jerome Murphy (Fr., 6-1, 185)
RC 04  Mike Jenkins (Jr., 6-0, 200) 22 Ryan Gilliam (Jr., 5-10, 175)
SS 33 Jeremy Burnett (Sr., 6-1, 190) 07  Louis Gachette (So., 6-3, 205)
FS 17 Danny Verpaele (So., 5-11, 200) 05  Nate Allen (Fr., 6-2, 190)
NB 32 Carlton Williams (So., 6-4, 205) 26 Tyller Roberts (So., 6-1, 190)


Specialists

PK 28 Mike Benzer (Fr., 5-8, 185) 27 Justin Teachey (So, 5-11, 170)
KO 27 Justin Teachey (So, 5-11, 170) 28 Mike Benzer (Fr., 5-8, 185)
P 24 Delbert Alvarado (Fr., 6-0, 175) 36 Ilia Petrov (Fr., 5-11, 190)
LS 66 Ryan Bourdeau (Sr., 6-2, 250) 58 Darryl Dudding (So., 6-2, 250)
KR 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175) 89 Taurus Johnson (So., 6-1, 190)
PR 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175) 18 Amarri Jackson (Jr., 6-5, 195)

 

 

 Players Stats

Rutgers
Scarlet Knights
Passing
Name PCT YDS TD INT
M Teel 56.6 506 2 5
J Lovelace 100.0 9 0 0
South Florida
Bulls
Passing
Name PCT YDS TD INT
M Grothe 59.6 843 6 5
P Julmiste 62.5 38 0 1
 
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
R Rice 106 604 5.7 9
B Leonard 25 116 4.6 2
K Young 17 68 4.0 2
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
M Grothe 65 279 4.3 2
B Williams 25 100 4.0 0
W Smith 20 77 3.9 2
 
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
B Leonard 16 153 9.6 0
C Harris 8 126 15.8 2
S Tucker 6 88 14.7 0
D Campbell 7 73 10.4 0
T Underwood 3 40 13.3 0
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
E Randolph 15 206 13.7 2
T Johnson 12 193 16.1 1
M Edwards 13 163 12.5 2
A Hill 7 89 12.7 0
C Hill 3 79 26.3 0
A Jackson 7 48 6.7 0
 
Kicking

Name

FG XP LG PTS
J Ito 3 17 39 26
Kicking

Name

FG XP LG PTS
M Benzer 1 12 30 15
 
KICK RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
W Foster 4 63 15.8 0
T Underwood 1 11 11.0 0
KICK RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
T Johnson 3 103 34.3 0
E Randolph 3 54 18.0 0
 
PUNT RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
M Collins 1 11 11.0 0
W Foster 5 54 10.8 0
PUNT RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
E Randolph 9 198 22.0 1
T Williams 1 13 13.0 0
 
INTERCEPTIONS

Name

INT YDS AVG TD
Collins 2 25 12.5 0
Girault 1 39 39 0
Greene 2 0 0.00 0
INTERCEPTIONS

Name

INT YDS AVG TD
Gachette 1 0 0.00 0
Williams 4 -2 0.00 0
 

 



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