USFNation Bowl Game Balls: USF vs. ECU rewards three contributors from the Bulls 24-7 win at the inaugural bowl over East Carolina. This is the first bowl game won in USF history. Read on to find out who we handed out game balls to this week. Only on!

1. Stephen Nicholas- The Senior linebacker had a dominating performance on Saturday proving why he is one of the best defensive players in the country. The two sacks registered by Nicholas gives him 20 for his career which broke Terrance Royals' USF record of 19.5. When he was not slamming the quarterback, Nicholas was terrorizing the running backs with six tackles including three tackles for a combined loss of 22 yards. His play in the first half was one of the main reasons why the Pirates were held –6 yards in first half and only 54 total rushing yards on the day.

2. Benjamin Williams- The Sophomore running back gave USF an early spark on Saturday with a 16 yard rushing touchdown on the Bulls first offensive play. On the ensuing drive, South Florida drove 56 yards in nine plays thanks in part to Williams who carried the ball four times for 21 yards. The drive ended on fourth and one from the one-yard line with Williams breaking through the line of scrimmage for his second score of the day. For the game, Williams rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries with a 4.0 average. Most importantly, his two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Bulls a lead that they would never surrender.

3. Ben Moffitt- The Bulls were able to establish an early tempo thanks to Benjamin Williams scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. The first score came on only the third play of the game, but was set up due to the awareness of linebacker Ben Moffitt. On the second play of the game, East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney attempted to hand off to his running back but the ball was fumbled during the play. The ball bounced away from the Pirates and towards the Bulls' defense where a Ben Moffitt was waiting to scoop up the turnover at the 16-yard line. Later on in the fourth quarter, the pirates were attempting a comeback, but once again Moffitt derailed their efforts. After the Pirates drove down to the four yard line, linebackers Nicholas and Moffitt registered back-to-back sacks for a combined loss of 20 yards. By the end of the game, Moffitt had six tackles, one tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery, and one sack.

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