USFNation Game Balls: Syracuse at USF

USFNation.com rewards four contributors during the Bulls 27-10 win over Syracuse. Prior the final home game of the season, USF gave recognition to the eleven seniors on the team along with their families. Read on to find out who we handed out game balls to this week. Only on USFNation.com!

1. USF Defensive Line - The Bulls' defense tied a school record on Saturday when they registered seven sacks against Syracuse. In 2002, the Bulls also registered seven sacks against Florida Atlantic. The key to the constant pressure on Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson was the front four for the Bulls. Chris Robinson had a career performance and spent all day in the backfield along with George Selvie. By the end of the game, Robinson had three tackles, two tackles for a combined loss of 20 yards, one forced fumble, and two sacks. Selvie added three tackles and a sack while Josh Julmiste also was able to get a sack.

2. Matt Grothe - On the Bulls' first offensive play, Grothe threw a 24 yard pass to S.J. Green. The completions broke Marquel Blackwell's freshman passing record for yards thrown in a season. Later in the drive, Grothe completed four consecutive passes before hitting S.J. Green for a six yard touchdown. With less 13 seconds remaining in the first half, Grothe completed two consecutive passes to help set up a 56 yard field goal by Delbert Alverado. The offense struck again late in the third quarter on third and nine when Grothe found Taurus Johnson, who broke free for a 79 yard score to give the Bulls a 20-3 advantage. Before senior Pat Julmiste replaced Grothe, he had accumulated a career high 409 yards by completing 25-35 passes for 364 yards including two touchdowns and an interception while rushing the ball eight times for 45 yards.

3. USF Linebackers - For Stephen Nicholas and Patrick St. Louis, Saturday was their last chance to perform in front of the USF home crowd. It was junior Ben Moffitt who led the team in tackles with 10 including one sack and three tackles for a loss. Nicholas was second on the team with seven tackles while also registering a sack and an interception. Not to be outshined, St. Louis had a heck of a game as well with four tackles and one tackle for a loss.

4. Delbert Alvarado - Even though he failed to convert on a 30 yard attempt, Alverado has given USF fans a reason to be excited about the Bulls' kicking game. Alverado did connect on his first attempt from 47 yards to give the Bulls an early 10-3 advantage. Then as time was expiring in the first half, Alverado nailed a 56 yard field goal to put USF ahead by ten. This kick broke the Big East record of 54 yards and was the second longest in USF history. Prior to that, Alverado's career long was 47 yards which coincidently came earlier in the quarter.


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