PapaJohns.com Bowl Preview: USF vs. ECU

USF looks to win its first ever Bowl game against East Carolina in the PapaJohns.com Bowl this Saturday at 1:00pm EST. Take a look at the complete game day breakdown of the USF Bulls vs the ECU Pirates. Only on USFNation.com!

 
    South Florida vs East Carolina      

When: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 1:00 pm
Location:
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
Capacity: 75,000
Surface:
Field Turf  
Television: ESPN2
Radio: The Bulls Network WFLA-AM 970  


Saturday is the fourth meeting between USF and East Carolina.  USF Has won all three meetings with ECU dating back to 2002, with the Bulls last beating the Pirates 41-17 at Raymond James Stadium.

Date Result Location
Oct. 19, 2002  USF 46, ECU 30 Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, N.C
Nov. 08 2003  USF 38, ECU 37 (2OT) Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, N.C
Nov. 13 2004  USF 41, ECU 17 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

USF: 41.7ppg - ECU 28.0ppg

 

The Coaches:
South Florida - Jim Leavitt (10th season)
East Carolina – Skip Holtz (2nd Season)

Last Season: USF Bulls 6-6 - ECU Pirates 5-6 
This Season: USF Bulls 8-4 – ECU Pirates 7-4, 

Conference:
South Florida Bulls finished 4-3 in the  BIG EAST 
East Carolina Pirates finished 5-3 in C-USA  

National Rankings: USF received six votes in the final regular season Associated Press poll. East Carolina is not ranked.

Bowl Histories: USF is 0-1 all-time in bowl games, dropping its inaugural bowl appearance last season to North Carolina State (14-0) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. East Carolina is 7-5 all-time in 12 bowl appearances.

How the teams got to the Bowl:
USF advanced to Birmingham after finishing tied for fourth in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
ECU finished second in the East Division in Conference USA.

Last Year:
USF - Finished 6-6 and went to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, losing 14-0 to N.C. State.
ECU - Finished 5-6 and a fourth place finish in the C-USA East Division. 

Last Game played USF:
The Bulls last game played was a thrilling 24-19 win over then No. 7th ranked West Virginia in Morgantown on Nov. 25 
in USF's  regular season finale. 

USF vs. West Viginia:

  • The win was the Bulls 3rd in the last 4 games.
  • Matt Grothe threw for 279 yards on 22 of 30 passing with 1 TD, he also had 47 rushing yards with 1 score.
  • Ean Randolph caught 7 passes for 65 yards and a score
  • Defensive end George Selvie scored his first ever touchdown on a 9 yard fumble recovery.
  • Defensive end Chris Robinson had his 6th sack of the season to lead the Bulls, and also his team high 4th forced fumble of the season.
  • The Bulls held one the nations top rusher Steve Slaton to 43 yards on 18 carries
  • The Bulls also held Quarterback Pat White to just  17 yards on 15 carries 
 

Last Game Played ECU:
The Pirates last game played was a 21-16 victory over N.C. State. In the game ECU held the Wolfpack to just 44 yards rushing. The  win was the pirates fifth win in their last six games.

 A Look at East Carolina:

  • ECU comes into the contest with a 7-5, 5-3 C-USA record.
  • ECU has won 5 of its past 6 games after starting out losing 4 of their first 6 games to start the season.
  • Brandon Fractious leads the Pirates on the ground with 675 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns.
  • Brian Pinkney leads the Pirates with 2,658 yards on 224-of-372 passing and 11 touchdowns with 10 int's.
  • Aundrae Allison leads the team in receiving with 684 yards and 4 TD's
Game Notes:
  • USF is 3-3 on the road this season
  • USF is 0-3 all-time in the month of December
  • A USF win would be the teams first ever Bowl victory.
  • A win would bring the Bulls record to 70-43.
  • A USF win would bring their record to 9-4, tying the team record with 9 wins.
  • A USF win would be the teams 6th in their last 8 games played.  



How they match up

Bulls Rankings
OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 143.2(50th)
Pass Yds/Gm 224.8(39th)
Total Yds/Gm 367.9(41st)
Average Pts/Gm 22.9(41st)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 120.3(42nd)
Pass Yds/Gm 176.6(26th)
Total Yds/Gm 296.9(24th)
Pirates Rankings
OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 120.7(81st)
Pass Yds/Gm 230.1(32nd)
Total Yds/Gm 350.8(53rd)
Average Pts/Gm 22.8(53rd)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 144.3(73rd)
Pass Yds/Gm 188.7(43rd)
Total Yds/Gm 332.9(60th)

 

Player Stats

USF  (8-4)
Bulls

Passing
Name PCT YDS TD INT
M Grothe 63.8 2495 14 14
P Julmiste 60.0 132 1 1
 ECU (7-5)
Pirates
Passing
Name PCT YDS TD INT
J Pinkney 60.2 2658 11 10
R Kass 36.4 46 0 1
 
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
M Grothe 171 607 3.5 9
B Williams 106 369 3.5 2
R Ponton 69 294 4.3 2
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
B Fractious 149 675 4.5 4
C Johnson 78 314 4.0 4
J Pinkney 96 225 2.3 4
 
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
T Johnson 35 489 14.0 2
E Randolph 47 479 10.2 4
A Jackson 25 356 14.2 2
M Edwards 27 328 12.1 2
S Green 19 313 16.5 2
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
A Allison 59 684 11.6 4
P Henry 34 484 14.2 2
S Rogers 21 361 17.2 1
K Roach 21 331 15.8 1
B Good 21 276 13.1 0
 
Kicking

Name

FG XP LG PTS
M Benzer 2 21 30 27
D Alvarado 4 10 56 22
Kicking

Name

FG XP LG PTS
R Lee 14 22 48 64
B Hartman 3 8 47 17
 
KICK RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
T Johnson 14 316 22.6 0
D Gordon 1 22 22.0 0
KICK RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
C Johnson 17 424 24.9 1
J Hewett 6 113 18.8 0
 
PUNT RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
J Murphy 1 18 18.0 0
E Randolph 22 323 14.7 1
PUNT RETURNS

Name

NO. YDS AVG TD
Z Slate 1 29 29.0 0
B Good 3 27 9.0 0
 
INTERCEPTIONS

Name

INT YDS AVG TD
Burnett 2 0 0.00 0
Gachette 1 0 0.00 0
Jenkins 1 0 0.00 0
INTERCEPTIONS

Name

INT YDS AVG TD
Best 1 37 37 0
Chase 1 3 3 0
Cotton 1 34 34 0
 

 

 

USF vs. ECU 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  78 Marc Dile (So., 6-4, 310)  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)  73 Danny Tolley (Fr., 6-6, 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 96 Woody George (Jr., 6-3, 265) 76 Richard Clebert (Jr., 6'1, 295)
DT 50 Aaron Harris (Fr. 6'3, 240) 94 Allen Cray (Jr., 6-0, 295)
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 17 Danny Verpaele (So., 5-11, 200) 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) 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175)
PR 80 Ean Randolph (Sr., 5-9, 175) 18 Amarri Jackson (Jr., 6-5, 195)

 

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