USF vs Pitt: Game Breakdown

USF will try and get back to their winning ways when they face Pittsburgh in their 2006 Homecoming match up. Take a look at the complete game day breakdown of the USF Bulls vs. the Pitt Panthers when they meet at Raymond James this Saturday at 12:00 noon. Only on USFNation.com!

  

             

        USF    vs   Pitt      

When: Saturday Nov. 4, 2006 12:00 pm
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Capacity: 65,000
Surface: Natural Grass (Tiftway Bermuda 419)
Television: WFTS ABC (Ch. 28 in Tampa Bay area)
Radio: The Bulls Network WFLA-AM 970

Saturday is the fourth meeting between USF and Pitt. Pitt leads the series 2-1, with the Panthers winning the last two games and USF winning the first match up at Heinz field 35-26 in 2001.

Date Result Location
Oct. 28, 2001  USF 35, Pitt 26 Heinz Field. Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 13, 2001  Pitt 43, USF 14 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Nov. 26, 2005  Pitt 31, USF 17 Heinz Field. Pittsburgh, PA

The Coaches:
South Florida - Jim Leavitt (10th season)
Connecticut – Dave Wannstedt (2nd Season)

Last Season: USF Bulls 6-6 - Pitt Panthers 5-6 
This Season: USF Bulls 5-3 – Pitt Panthers 6-2

Conference:
South Florida Bulls are in the  BIG EAST 
Pittsburgh Panthers 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.
Pitt - Finished  a lack luster season 5-6

Last Game played USF:
The Bulls are coming off a disappointing 22-6 loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 22. The loss ended a two game winning streak, after starting the season 3-0, the Bulls have lost three of their past five games. The Bulls offense could only muster up 219 yards of total offense. Quarterback Matt Grothe threw for only 47 yards on 11 of 21 passing and one INT. With Pat Julmiste throwing the Bulls only TD to Amp hill with 50 seconds left in the game.

USF vs. Cincinnati Game Notes:

  • Defensive end Josh Julmiste made his first start at Cincinnati 
  • Defensive end George Selvie first quarter sack tied him for team lead with Allen Cray (4.5 sacks)
  • USF did not open with a tight end for the first time this season.
  • The USF-Cinci game was the second coldest (45 degrees) in USF history.

Last Game Played Pitt:
Pitt lost at home 20-10 to Rutgers on Oct. 21, after winning four straight.

 A Look at Pittsburgh:

  • Pitt comes into the contest with a 6-2 record.
  • The Panthers have win 4 of their last 5 games.
  • Pitt is 3-0 on the road this season.
  • Tyler Palko leads the Panthers with 1,830 yards on 130-of-187 passing and 19 touchdowns
  • Palko is the top QB in the BIG EAST, passing for 228.8 yards per game, and has the 2nd in the nation with a rating of 180.3.
  • The panthers defense has allowed just 133.6 yards per game rushing and only 161.2 yards passing per game.
  • H.B. Blades leads the Panthers with 97 tackles, and is a finalist for the Butkus award, and a quarter finalist for the Lott Trophy.
  • Pitt has 21 players from the state of Florida on their roster.
Game Notes:
  • USF is 6-3 in Homecoming games
  • A USF win would make them bowl eligible for the second straight year.
  • a USF win would be the first win over Pitt at Raymond James, and even the series  between the two teams.
  • A win would bring the Bulls record to 67-42 


How they match up

Panthers Rankings

OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 146.5(53rd)
Pass Yds/Gm 241.1(26th)
Total Yds/Gm 387.6(29th)
Average Pts/Gm 34.1(29th)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 133.6(60th)
Pass Yds/Gm 161.3(22nd)
Total Yds/Gm 294.9(30th)

Bulls Rankings

OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 155.6(40th)
Pass Yds/Gm 203.8(52nd)
Total Yds/Gm 359.4(45th)
Average Pts/Gm 24.3(45th)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 126.1(54th)
Pass Yds/Gm 166.8(26th)
Total Yds/Gm 292.9(27th)

 

 

Tale of the Tape

  Category

 USF

Big East/ NCAA RANK

  PITT

Big 12/ NCAA Rank

Rushing Off

155.6

(5/41)

146.5

(6/53)

Passing Off

203.7

(3/52)

241.1

(2/26)

Total Off

359.4

(4/44)

387.6

(3/29)

Scoring Off

24.2

(5/56)

34.1

(3/14)

Rushing Def

126.1

(5/54)

133.6

(6/61)

Passing Def

166.7

(4/26)

161.2

(3/22)

Pass Efficiency Def

97.54

(3/9)

105.1

(5/19)

Total Def

292.9

(4/29)

294.9

(5/32)

Scoring Def

17.6

(6/33)

14.1

(4/13)

Net Punting

29.6

(8/113)

38.3

(2/12)

Punt Returns

13.5

(2/20)

6.3

(7/92)

Kick Returns

19.1

(6/79)

29.0

(1/3)

Turnover Margin

-0.75

(8/100)

1.1

(2/9)

Pitt  is favored by 5 points

   

The USF Players

The South Florida Bulls on Offense (Season Stats):

Quarterback Matt Grothe -  115 of 186 for 1435 yards w/9 TD's W/8INT's, (61.8 %), 113 for 572 yards rushing W/7 TD, (4.3avg.), one catch for 14 yards 
Runningback Ben Williams - 75 for 330 yards (4.0 avg.) 
Runningback Ricky Ponton - 26 for 140 yards W/2 TD's (5.3 avg.)
Receiver Ean Randolph - 29 catches for 320 yards with 3 TD, (11.0 avg)
Receiver Taurus Johnson - 20 for 260 W/1 TD (13.0 avg.), and a 14 yard 1 rushing TD  
Receiver Marcus Edwards - 17 for 209 yards W/2 TD, (12.3 avg.)
Receiver Amarri  Jackson - 16 catches for 200 yards, W/1 TD (12.5 avg.)
Receiver Anthony (Amp) Hill 13 catches for 132 yards, W/1TD (10.2 avg.)
Receiver S.J. Green - 12 catches for 215 yards, W/1 TD (17.9 avg.)

 

The South Florida Bulls on Defense (Season Stats):

Linebacker: Stephen Nicholas - 68 tackles/ 50 solo/ 7 for a loss/ 2 sacks/ 3 pass Break up/ 4 QB hit, 1 blkd kick
Linebacker: Ben Moffitt - 75 tackles/49 solo/ 6.5 for a loss/ 2 sack/ 1FF/ 6 QB Hit/ 2 pass break up
Linebacker:  Patrick St. Louis - 60  tackles/ 34 solo/  1 tackle for a loss/ 1 sack/ 2 pass break up
Safety: Jeremy Burnett - 49 tackles/ 35 solo / 2.5 for a loss, 5 pass break-ups
Safety: Carlton Williams - 21 tackles/ 14 solo/ 1 FF/ 4 pass break ups
Safety: Danny Verpaele - 22 tackles /14 solo/  1 for a loss/ 1 int/ 2 pass break-up/ 1 QB hit
Cornerback: Mike Jenkins - 16 tackles, 13 solo/ 1 for a loss/ 8 pass breakups, 1 Forced Fumble
Cornerback: Trae Williams - 32 tackles/ 18 solo/ 5 INT/  5 pass Breakup's, 1 blkd punt
Defensive End: George Selvie - 55 tackles / 30 solo / 7.5 for a loss/  4.5 sacks/ 5 QB hits
Defensive Tackle: Woody George - 21 tackles/ 10 solo/ 2 QB hit/ 1 FF
Nose Tackle: Allen Cray - 25 tackles/ 17 solo/ 7 for a loss/ 4 .5 sacks/ 3QB hit/ 1FF/ 1FR
Nose Tackle: Richard Clebert - 16 tackles/ 8 solo/ 2 for a loss/ 1 sack/ 1 FR/ 6 QB hits
Defensive End:   Jarriett Buie-  15 tackles/ 6 solo/ 1 for a loss/ 1 sack/ 2 QB hits
Defensive End:   Chris Robinson - 13 tackles/ 10 solo/ 2.5 for a loss/ 2.5 sack/ 2 pass breakup/ 2 FF / 1 FR/ 4 QB hits


USF vs. Pitt 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) 05 Ricky Ponton (S0., 5-11, 205)
X 11 Marcus Edwards (So., 5-11, 175) 18 Amarri Jackson (Jr., 6-5, 195)
Y 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175) 89 Taurus Johnson (So., 6-1, 190)
Z 81 S.J. Green (Sr., 6-3, 220)  06 Amp Hill (So., 6-3, 205)
LT 75 Thed Watson (Sr., 6-5,295)  70 Jared Carnes (Jr., 6-7, 310)
LG 71 Matt Huners (So., 6-3, 290) 73 Danny Tolley (Fr., 6-6, 310)
OC 69 Nick Capogna (Jr., 6-3, 275) 65 Ryan Schmidt (So., 6-5, 305)
RG 65 Ryan Schmidt (So., 6-5, 305) 75 Walter Walker (Jr., 6-5, 305) 
RT 75 Walter Walker (Jr., 6-5, 305)  78 Marc Dile (So., 6-4, 310) 
TE 84 Will Bleakley (Sr., 6-3, 240)  44 Devin Gordon (Sr., 6-3, 240)


Defense

 

First Team

Second Team

LE 91 Josh Julmiste (So. 6'6, 265) 90 Jarriett Buie (Jr., 6-3,240)
NT 94 Allen Cray (Jr., 6-0, 295) 76 Richard Clebert (Jr., 6'1, 295)
DT 96 Woody George (Jr., 6-3, 265) 50  Aaron Harris (Fr. 6'3, 240)
RE 95 George Selvie (Fr., 6-4, 255) 49 Chris Robinson (Fr. 6-3, 240)
SAM 51 Stephen Nicholas (Sr. 6-3, 225) 42 Marvin Peoples (Fr. 6-2, 230)
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 32 Carlton Williams (So., 6-4, 205) 17 Danny Verpaele (So., 5-11, 200)
NB 26 Tyller Roberts (So., 6-1, 190) 32 Carlton Williams (So., 6-4, 205)


Specialists

PK 24 Delbert Alvarado (Fr., 6-0, 175) 28 Mike Benzer (Fr., 5-8, 185)
KO 27 Justin Teachey (So, 5-11, 170) 28 Mike Benzer (Fr., 5-8, 185)
P 27 Justin Teachey (So, 5-11, 170) 24 Delbert Alvarado (Fr., 6-0, 175)
LS 67 Eric Setser (Fr., 6'1, 240) 58 Darryl Dudding (So., 6-2, 250)
KR 89 Taurus Johnson (So., 6-1, 190) 2 Jackie Chambers (Jr. 5'11. 190)
PR 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175) 18 Amarri Jackson (Jr., 6-5, 195)

 

 

Player Stats

 Pitt (6-2)
Panthers
Passing
Name PCT YDS TD INT
T Palko 69.5 1830 18 3
B Stull 75.0 69 1 0
USF (5-3)
Bulls
Passing
Name PCT YDS TD INT
M Grothe 61.8 1435 9 8
P Julmiste 58.3 125 1 1
 
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
L Stephens-Howling 114 618 5.4 6
S Brooks 50 218 4.4 0
K Collier 32 113 3.5 2
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
M Grothe 113 482 4.3 7
B Williams 76 301 4.0 2
R Ponton 26 139 5.3 2
 
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
D Kinder 33 596 18.1 6
O Turner 26 417 16.0 5
M Pestano 14 232 16.6 2
S Buches 16 186 11.6 2
D Strong 14 152 10.9 2
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
E Randolph 29 320 11.0 3
T Johnson 20 260 13.0 1
S Green 12 215 17.9 1
M Edwards 17 209 12.3 2
A Jackson 16 200 12.5 1
 
Kicking
Name FG XP LG PTS
C Lee 6 35 47 53
Kicking
Name FG XP LG PTS
M Benzer 2 21 30 27
D Alvarado 1 2 26 5
 
KICK RETURNS
Name NO. YDS AVG TD
L Robinson 13 405 31.2 1
T Porter 4 124 31.0 0
KICK RETURNS
Name NO. YDS AVG TD
T Johnson 7 172 24.6 0
T Williams 1 23 23.0 0
 
PUNT RETURNS
Name NO. YDS AVG TD
L Robinson 1 20 20.0 0
D Revis 18 106 5.9 0
PUNT RETURNS
Name NO. YDS AVG TD
J Murphy 1 18 18.0 0
E Randolph 15 248 16.5 1
 
INTERCEPTIONS
Name INT YDS AVG TD
Blades 1 3 3 0
Campbell 1 61 61 0
Carter 1 11 11 0
INTERCEPTIONS
Name INT YDS AVG TD
Gachette 1 0 0.00 0
Nicholas 1 0 0.00 0
Roberts 1 13 13 0
 

 

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