USF-UNC: Game Analysis & Observations

USF played for the first time as a top 25 team against UNC Saturday and played liked they belong. The Bulls weren't caught looking ahead winning 37-10. The defense came away with four interceptions in the win over the Tar Heels. Read more game analysis and observations. Only from

USF – UNC: Analysis, Observations & Notes



The Bulls have a stable of versatile running backs. Against UNC, Mike Ford, Ben Williams and Jamar Taylor all scored touchdowns. Williams lead all backs with 68 yards on 15 carries, he also added a nice 27 yard reception, and demonstrated he can be more then capable. Mike Ford is a strong tough back that first quarter score gave him five on the year.  A Compliment to Fords strength is Aston Samuels who had 36 yards on only 6 carries averaging 6 yards per carry, and showed how quick and elusive he can be. Jamar Taylor saw his first extended action and didn't disappoint. He rushed 6 times for a tough 21 yards a score and chipped in to receptions for 20 yards. Another thing that Taylor has showed is his ability to block, delivering key blocks resulting in touchdowns and big gains.  Overall the four backs combined for 134 yards on 31 carries for a 4.3 average, three scores and 47 yards receiving. The backs versatility compliments each other and their youth is encouraging. Ford and Taylor are true freshmen, Samuels a freshman, and Williams is a junior, and all will only get better in time.


Gregory can play. In his first action of the season, Grant Gregory proved he is more then capable of running the offense. Gregory entered in the fourth quarter and on his second series led the offense on an impressive scoring drive to give the Bulls a 37-3 lead. Gregory looked eerily similar to Grothe in the way he ran and scrambled, rushing 4 times for 23 yards. Gregory is strong, fast and runs hard. He wasn't asked to pass much and was 1 of 3 passing for 4 yards, but one attempt came after he made some nifty moves to avoid a sack and throw the ball away. Matt Grothe is the man, but it's good to see Gregory get some action and perform well.


Selvie's got mad game. When George Selvie took down UNC quarterback T.J. Yates in the first quarter it gave him at least one sack in his third straight game. He finished the contest with three sacks and five TFL giving him 8.5 sacks and 14.5 TFL on the year. For his effort Selvie was named the Walter Camp and the BIG EAST Defensive player of the Week. Last years freshman All-American is off to a great start.


The Bulls linebackers are play makers. The Bulls starting Trio of Ben Moffitt, Brouce Mompremier, and Tyrone McKenzie have been tackling machines but up until Saturday have only caused one turnover. That all changed Saturday when Ben Moffitt intercepted a Yates pass and returned it 41 yards, resulting in a field goal. Moffitt has led the Bulls in tackles but this was his first career interception. Just two drives later, Brouce Mompremier recorded his first career interception that also resulted in a field goal. The Bulls linebackers are playing for the first time together this year and have been flying all over the field, making tackles and causing general havoc and with every game they're getting even better.


Alvarado is alright. Delbert went three-for-three against UNC, hitting field goals of 32, 23, & 40 yards after hitting just two-of-six in at Auburn. It was important for Alvarado's confidence and the team's confidence in him to be able to bounce back after such a roller coaster ride. Delbert also had a stellar night punting, averaging 50 yards per punt as well.


The Bulls defensive backfield is stellar. UNC came in with a 19th ranked passing attack lead by T.J. Yates, but were held to 85 yards passing and 4 interceptions, 2 by the defensive backs in the first half. Corner Trae Williams recorded his first interception of the season when he picked off Yates in the first quarter. Safety Louis Gachette recorded his first interception of the season and the fourth of his career picking off T.J. Yates with 43 seconds left in the first half. Safety Carlton Williams had a near interception in the 2nd quarter. As a unit they demonstrated how to play a shut-down defensive backfield. In three games played the defensive backfield had a hand in 8 turnovers.


Other Notes


  • USF's 37-point output this afternoon is the most since it tallied 37 against the Tar Heels on Oct. 14, 2006
  • USF's is off to a 3-0 start for only the third time in school history, but second year in a row. In 2006 they started off 3-0 and finishing 9-4 and a win in bowl. The Bulls also jumped out to 3-0 start in 1998, finishing8-3,
  • The games attendance of 37,693 is the largest home crowd since 35,671 came through the turnstiles to see the Bulls and Pittsburgh on Nov. 4, 2006 … It is also the fifth largest home crowd in school history
  • QB Matt Grothe threw for 216 yards on 16-of-27 passing in the first half, his first half total fell just 12 yards shy of the school record for yards in the first half originally set by himself against Syracuse on Nov. 11, 2006
  • Through the end of today's game, Matt Grothe has thrown a career-best 127 pass attempts without an interception. The streak dates back to the second quarter of the West Virginia game on Nov. 25, 20
  • RB Mike Ford logged his fifth touchdown of his career and his fourth on the ground on a four-yard run with 11:37 left in the first quarter
  • WR Amarri Jackson caught his second touchdown pass of the year and the fifth of his career when on a 12-yard pass with 6:02 left in the first quarter.


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