USFNation Game Balls: USF vs. UConn

USFNation.com rewards three players, who were key contributors for the Bulls during Saturday's dominating 38-16 win at home against UConn. Read on to find out who we handed out game balls to this week. Only on USFNation.com!

  

1. Matt Grothe- All 30,010 fans that showed up on Saturday night found themselves praying to a higher power as Grothe was being helped off the field early on in the second quarter. Prior to his injury, he had completed 4 of 4 for 49 yards and rushed for 25 yards and one touchdown on only three carries with USF leading 14-0. Grothe would return on the following drive to reclaim his role on as team leader. The Bulls opened the second half with two consecutive scoring drives. The first was a 10 play drive that concluded with an eight year scoring rush by Grothe. He matched that performance on the following drive with a six yard rushing touchdown. For the game, Grothe completed 12 of 15 for 146 yards and one touchdown, a five yard pass to Amarri Jackson. On the ground, he rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns. He became only the second quarterback in USF history to rush for three touchdowns. The first was Marquel Blackwell.

 

2. Benjamin Williams- This was a career day for Williams who rushed 22 times for 108 yards with a 4.3 average and one touchdown. His second career score was a 13 yard rush, and it gave the Bulls an early 14-0 lead. Entering Saturday's game, USF had been struggling all season to establish a running game without Ricky Ponton and Moise Plancher. Williams answered the call against UConn and was a crucial part of the rushing attack that out gained the Huskies 205 to 60.

 

3. Stephen Nicholas- Once again, Nicholas completely terrorized the Bulls' opponent with his hard hitting style and the ability to be a constant playmaker. He had a key breakup that forced a punt on third and 12 early on in the game. Later on in the fourth quarter facing another third and 12, Nicholas sacked the quarterback to give the Bulls the ball back. In the end Nicholas had a team high 7 tackles, one pass breakup, on tackle for a ten yard loss, and one sack. 

 


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