In his first collegiate start, highly touted USF running back Mike Ford lived up to the hype that has surrounded him since first joining the team last spring. Despite touching the ball only seven times, Ford accounted for 21 points in USF's 28-13 win over Elon. Ford had six carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Grothe in the contest. The freshman posted an impressive 13.8 yards per carry average and had USF's longest play of the game, a 48 yard run in the forth quarter.
USF's defensive playmaker of the night was defensive end George Selvie, who had a record-breaking performance against the Phoenix. The sophomore lineman tied the USF record for sacks in a game (4) and broke the school record for tackles for a loss in a game with six. On one pivotal third down play in the Bulls' red zone, Selvie sacked Phoenix quarterback Scott Riddle and forced a fumble, giving USF possession and denying Elon a scoring opportunity. Selvie's nine total tackles in the game were second on the team behind linebacker Tyrone McKenzie's 9.5.
High school quarterback turned collegiate defensive back Nate Allen had an impressive night in his debut as a Bulls starter. The sophomore safety posted 4.5 total tackles, including one for a loss. Allen's most impressive play came in the second quarter, when the Bulls were only leading 7-3 and Elon was closing in on the USF end zone. On a third down play with the Phoenix on the USF 16 yard line, Allen intercepted a pass by Elon quarterback Scott Riddle, preventing the Phoenix from possibly scoring a go-ahead touchdown on the drive.
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