QUARTERBACKS (B-): Matt Grothe was sizzling in the first half going 16-of-27 for 216 yards and a touchdown. The 216 yards was his second highest career total in a half. While he passed beautifully for the three quarters he played, he lost two fumbles, one inside the red zone, and failed to put the ball in the end zone on three occasions inside the 20. Grant Gregory played the fourth quarter and led the offense on an impressive scoring drive to give the Bulls a 37-3 lead. The Bulls only threw for 18 yards in the second half.
RUNNING BACKS (B-): USF used Ben Williams, Mike Ford, Jamar Taylor and Aston Samuels in rotation. Williams, Ford and Taylor scored touchdowns. Overall the four backs combined for 134 yards on 31 carries for a 4.3 average. Not great, but not bad and they kept the offense in manageable second and third-down situations. Taylor and Williams added nice plays in the receiving game as well.
WIDE RECEIVERS (B-): Outside of a couple of bad drops, the unit had a solid day with Amarri Jackson leading the team in catches (4) and adding a touchdown reception. The receivers did an excellent job of getting open as 10 different players recorded a catch.
OFFENSIVE LINE (B): The line play was steady if not spectacular. They gave Grothe plenty of time to find the open receiver and go through his progressions while pushing forward on run blocking. A few holding calls soured an otherwise strong day. The second unit did an excellent job on the final touchdown drive.
DEFENSIVE LINE (A+): George Selvie was a madman Saturday, leading the Bulls with six solo tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks, giving him 8.5 on the season. His linemates might not get the credit, but each member of the front four played exceptionally well in holding the Tar Heels to 2.3 yards per carry.
LINEBACKERS (A): Ben Moffit and Brouce Mompremier recorded two of the Bulls' four interceptions and were tied for second on the team with five tackles apiece. Both interceptions proved to be major to keep momentum on the Bulls' side. Tyrone McKenzie continues to improve and has developed into a strong complimentary player to Moffit and Mompremier.
SECONDARY (A+): The Bulls secondary could not have played any better as the unit held T.J. Yates to 11-of-27 passing for just 85 yards. Trae Williams and Louis Gachette each grabbed an interception while Trae Williams gave a perfect display of what a lockdown cornerback is supposed to do.
KICKING/SPECIAL TEAMS (B-): Delbert Alvarado bounced back from his struggles at Auburn, going 3-for-3 (long of 40) and averaging 50.0 yards for his two punts. The kickoff coverage unit will need to cover their gaps better as Brandon Tate had a couple of nice returns. Marcus Edwards muffed a punt as well. This group will need to play much better against West Virginia's speedy return team.
COACHING (B-): The offensive playcalling hit a wall from the second quarter through most of the third. While a 27-point victory is nice, the Bulls probably left 14-21 points on the board and could have sent a message to the rest of the college football world with a substanial blowout victory. However, the utilization of the three-back set in goal line and short-yardage situations proved to be golden again. The defensive coaches will enjoy film session as the Bulls held the Tar Heels to 164 total yards with 62 of them coming on a cosmetic touchdown drive in the game's final minutes.
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