USFNation Game Balls: Pittsburgh at USF

USFNation.com rewards the key contributors during the Bulls 22-12 Homecoming win over Pittsburgh. By winning on Saturday, USF now becomes bowl eligible for the second consecutive season. Read on to find out who we handed out game balls to this week. Only on USFNation.com!

1. Justin Teachey- On the Bulls' opening drive of the game, they quickly went three and out before sending out the punting unit on fourth and seven from the Panthers' 38 yard line. Coach Leavitt told Teachey to fake it if he saw the defense drop back. After taking the snap, the punter briefly hesitated before taking off for an 11 yard rush. A few plays later, Taurus Johnson scored on a 22 yard double reverse to give the Bulls an early 7-0 advantage. Then in the second quarter, Coach Leavitt decided to call for the fake punt again. This time the Bulls were fourth and three from their 42 yard line. The result was the same though as Teacher broke free for a 14 yard gain.

2. USF Secondary- The Bulls' defensive backs had one of their most impressive performances of the season. They completely terrorized quarterback Tyler Palko, who was second in the nation in passing efficiency entering the game. The Bulls' defensive backs Palko picked off three passes and allowed Palko to throw for a season-low 159 yards. Prior to Saturday, Palko had thrown only three interceptions all season long. The leading tackler for the Bulls was Trae Williams, who had seven tackles and one interception. Jeremy Burnett was able to get his first interception of his career while Mike Jenkins picked off his first pass of the season.

3. USF Wide Receivers- On the opening drive of the game, the Bulls drove 65 yards in 12 plays thanks in part to the plays made by the wide outs. After successfully faking a punt on fourth down, Matt Grothe completed three consecutive passes to Taurus Johnson, Ean Randolph, and Marcus Edwards. Two plays later, Taurus Johnson ran a double reverse 22 yards for the first USF touchdown. Johnson would also have three receptions for 24 yards for the game. From this point on, the receivers had a heck of a game. There were no key drops and every player, who touched the ball, seemed to contribute. Ean Randolph caught five passes for 39 yards while S.J. Green added three catches for 45 yards. In the third quarter with the Bulls leading 14-6, Amarri Jackson made a huge catch and run for a 46 yard score.


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