USFNation Game Balls: USF vs. Rutgers
1. Raymell Rice – Rice entered Friday's game averaging 151 rushing yards per game. He saved one of his best performances for the Bulls though. Against USF, the 5-9 running back rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. Rice rushed in his seventh consecutive 100-yard game which matches a school record set in 1972. His first score of the game came on a three yard run in the first quarter. This also marked the first touchdown the Bulls have in the opening quarter all season. In the fourth quarter during Friday's win, Rice scored on a seven yard run which gave the Scarlet Knights their first lead in the second half.
2. Matt Grothe –Once again, Grothe seemed to be single handedly carrying the Bulls' offense on his back. For the fourth week in a row, Grothe led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, he completed 16 of 25 for 241 yards including one touchdown and two interceptions. At times, he may have made the expected freshman mistakes but with the game on the line he seemed to be at his best. With the Bulls trailing 22-14, Grothe completed a 16 yard touchdown pass to Ean Randolph. On the ensuing two point conversion, Grothe found a wide open Amp Hill in the end zone. Hill dropped the pass and the Bulls comeback attempt officially ended.
3. Jeremy Ito – This is a rare accomplishment. It is not too often that kickers prove worthy of a game ball. Ito came up huge for Rutgers and proved to be the difference late in the game. With Rutgers leading 19-14, Ito hit a 53 yard field goal which would go on to be the game winning score. For the game, he also connected from 32 and 40 yards. His only miss was a 42-yarder that was blocked by the Bulls' defense.
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