USFNation Game Balls: USF at West Virginia

USFNation.com rewards three contributors during the Bulls amazing 24-19 upset over seventh ranked West Virginia. Read on to find out who we handed out game balls to this week. Only on USFNation.com!

1. USF Defensive Line - Entering Saturday's game, all South Florida heard was how incredible West Virginia's rushing attack was. Steve Slaton, the nation's number two rusher, was completely shut down and escaped with only 43 yards on 18 carries. This career low snapped Slaton's streak of six consecutive 100-yard games. In fact, it was the first time in 17 games that the Mountaineers were unable to score a touchdown in the first half. The defensive line was a key part in setting the tone early on for the Bulls. Midway through the second quarter, West Virginia faced second and three from their own eight yard line. Chris Robinson chased down quarterback Pat White and in the process knocked the ball out of his hands. George Selvie quickly picked up the fumble and returned it nine yards for the Bulls first touchdown of the day. This was also USF's first defensive score of the season and Robinson's fourth forced fumble of the season. For the game, Robinson also added five tackles. Along with his fumble recovery, Selvie had eight tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, and one force fumble. Josh Julmiste had another big day recording six tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks, and one pass deflection.

2. Matt Grothe - On Saturday, Grothe showed the nation, once again, why he should be recognized as the best freshman quarterback in college football. For the game, Grothe completed 22-30 for 279 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. On the ground, he was the game's leading rusher with 23 carries for 73 yards and one score. On the opening drive, Grothe's was intercepted on only his second pass attempt after the ball was deflected at the line of scrimmage. His second pick came early in the second quarter on a deep pass that gave the Mountaineers the ball at their own eight yard line. Coincidently two plays later, George Selvie scooped up a Pat White fumble and scored from nine yards away to give the Bulls their first points of the day. On the Bulls' ensuing possession, Grothe led the team on a 10 play, 66 yard drive that concluded with a 10 yard rushing touchdown by Grothe to give the Bulls a 14-6 advantage. During the drive, Grothe had a key seven yard completion to Ean Randolph on fourth and one. This score was Grothe's ninth rushing touchdown of the year and tied a school record rushing touchdowns by quarterbacks held by Pat Julmiste and Marquel Blackwell. In the third quarter, Grothe would get his lone passing touchdown courtesy of a 21 yard catch a run by Ean Randolph.

3.Ean Randolph - Throughout the entire game, Randolph made every necessary catch and proved to be Grothe's number one guy. Randolph led the Bulls with seven receptions for 65 yards and one score. Late in the second quarter, the Bulls were in the middle of their longest drive of the quarter but hit a problem in the form of a fourth and one from the West Virginia 28 yard line. Ean Randolph was the answer though and made a nice move to get open and catch a seven yard pass for a first down. In the third quarter with the Bulls leading 14-12 and facing second and 11, Randolph made a short catch, but showed some nice footwork to break free and score from 21 yards away.


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