Gameday: South Florida at NC State

No. 13 South Florida (4-0) travels to NC State (2-2) tonight for a huge nonconference game for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN-U. Read on for all the game day essentials. Only on USFNation.com

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South Florida (4-0) vs. NC State (2-2)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Stadium: Carter Finley Stadium
Stadium Capacity: 57,583  Surface: Grass
TV: ESPNU, ESPNU HD
Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa)

The Coaches
USF: Jim Leavitt (12th season) The only coach in USF history has a career record of 83-47 (.638)
NC State: Tom O'Brien
(2nd season) He owns a 7-9 record with the Wolfpack and 82-54 as head coach.

The Game
The No. 13/14 University of South Florida football team (4-0) heads north for its final non-conference game against North Carolina State (2-2) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. USF is trying to improve to 5-0 for the second consecutive season, while the Wolfpack is looking for its second consecutive upset of a ranked opponent after knocking off No. 15/17 East Carolina in Raleigh last Saturday.

The Series
Saturday will be the second meeting between the schools. NC State won the first meeting 14-0 in the 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Bulls are 2-2 all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both wins came over North Carolina (2006 & 2007), while the other loss came to Miami

The Teams

USF Bulls NC State Wolfpack
4-0 Overall , 0-0 BIG EAST 2-2 Overall, 0-1 ACC
IN THE POLLS IN THE POLLS
13 AP, 14 USA Today/ Coaches NR AP, NR USA Today/ Coaches
2008 LEADERS 2008 LEADERS
Passing: Matt Grothe 75-115-2/916/7 Russell Wilson 32-57-1/314/3
Rushing: Jamar Taylor 33-178-1 Andre Brown 64-281-2
Receiving: Taurus Johnson16-231-2 George Bryan 13-131-2
Tackles: Tyrone McKenzie Tackles: Nate Irving
26 TT/5.0 TFL/1 Sack/3 PBU 33 TT/5.0 TFL/3 INT/1 FR

How they match-up

Bulls Rankings
OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 300.0(10th)
Pass Yds/Gm 220.0(50th)
Total Yds/Gm 520.0(17th)
Average Pts/Gm 56.0(17th)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 59.0(25th)
Pass Yds/Gm 38.0(2nd)
Total Yds/Gm 97.0(3rd)
 
Wolfpack Rankings
OFFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 89.0(83rd)
Pass Yds/Gm 49.0(112nd)
Total Yds/Gm 138.0(113rd)
Average Pts/Gm 0.0(113rd)
DEFENSE
Rush Yds/Gm 171.0(82nd)
Pass Yds/Gm 198.0(61st)
Total Yds/Gm 369.0(77th)

 

A look at the USF Defense
After four games the USF defense has allowed just two rushing touchdowns ... The defense has given up just 10 rushing touchdowns over the past 19 games and just 12 over the last 22 games. The USF defense did not give up an offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter of the second game (UCF). The USF defense came up 53 seconds short of holding FIU without an offensive score.

Jerome Murphy leads the BIG East in passes defended (5), Tyrone McKenzie is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (5) and George Selvie is second in pass deflections (4) and third in tackles for loss (4) and sacks (2).

A look at the USF Offense
USF set a program record with 5,383 yards of total offense in 13 games in 2007. It began 2008 by posting 520 yards against UTM, 504 against UCF, 458 against Kansas and 320 against FIU. This season marks the first time in program history that the Bulls have scored at least 30 points in their first three games.  

The Bulls lead the BIG EAST in total offense (450.5), first downs (25.0) and third-down conversion (48%). They also rank second in scoring offense (35.2), pass offense (260.0), and pass efficiency (147.6). Individually, Matt Grothe leads the league in passing average (229.0), total offense (266.8), passing efficiency (148.7) and passing touchdowns (7).

USF Projected Depth Chart: N.C. State

Offense

 

First Team

Second Team

X 86 A.J. Love (So. 6'2-184) 02 Carlton Mitchell (So. 6'4-200)
H 87 Jessie Hester Jr. (Jr, 6'0-174) 80 Patrick Richardson (Fr. 6'0-163)
Y 89 Taurus Johnson (Sr., 6-1, 204) 81 Dontavia Bogan (So. 6'1-185)
Z 11 Marcus Edwards (Sr., 5-11, 164) 83 Jeffrey Wilson (Fr, 6'0-168)
LT 65 Ryan Schmidt (Sr., 6-5, 327) 70 Mike McGowan (Rfr 6'5-260)
LG 71 Matt Huners (Sr. 6'3-305) 79 Chaz Hine (RFr, 5'4-292)
OC 77Jacob Griffin (Sr. 6'4-307) 64 Jacob Sims (So., 6-5, 290)
RG 64 Jacob Sims (So., 6-5, 290) 72 Joe Herzhauser (So. 6'4-263)
RT 78 Marc Dile (Sr., 6-4, 310)  60 Danous Estenor (6'3, 305)
TE 09 Cedric Hill (Sr., 6-3, 230)  44 Trent Pupello (So, 6'2-276)
QB 08 Matt Grothe (Jr., 6-0, 213) 15 Grant Gregory (Sr., 6-1, 205)
RB1 03 Moise Plancher (Jr, 5'9-200) 30 Benjamin Williams (Sr., 5-7, 200)
RB2 33 Jamar Taylor (So. 5'10-205) 26 Mike Ford (So. 6'2-225)    
    39 Richard Kelly (So 6'0-239)

Defense

 

First Team

Second Team

LE 90 Jarriett Buie (Sr., 6-3,249) 94 Craig Marshall (So 6'5-260)
NT 97 Terrell McClain (So. 6'3-297) 62 Sampson Genus (So 6'1-308)
DT 50 Aaron Harris (So. 6'3, 265) 51  Keith McCaskill (RFr. 5'11-255)
RE 95 George Selvie (Jr, 6-4, 242) 41 Patrick Hampton (Fr. 6'3-220)
SAM 49 Chris Robinson (Jr. 6'3-233) 47 LaDre Watkins (Fr, 6'2-203)
MIKE 42 Kion Wilson (Jr 6'2-235) 57 Alonzo McQueen (So 6'1-255
WILL 27 Tyrone McKenzie (Sr. 6'2-235)53 43 Sabbath Joseph (So. 6'0-230)
BC 26 Tyller Roberts (Sr., 6-1, 185) 21 Theo Wilson (Jr. 6.0-207)
FC 03 Jerome Murphy (Jr., 6-1, 176) 02 Quenton Washington (Rfr 5'10-172)
SS 32 Carlton Williams (Sr., 6-4, 214) 07 Louis Gachette (Sr., 6-3, 215)
FS 05 Nate Allen (Jr, 6'2-200) 17 Danny Verpaele (Sr 5'11-200)

Specialists

PK 28 Maikon Bonani (Fr 5'8-170) 24 Delbert Alvarado (So, 6-0, 196)
KO 27 Justin Teachey (Sr, 5-11, 176) 28 Maikon Bonani (Fr 5'8-170)
P 24 Delbert Alvarado (So, 6-0, 196) 27 Justin Teachey (Sr, 5-11, 176)
LS 67 Eric Setser (So., 6'1, 240) 68 Mike Walsh (So. 5'10-210)
KR 03 Jerome Murphy (Jr., 6-1, 176) 89 Taurus Johnson (Sr., 6-1, 204)
PR 11 Marcus Edwards (Sr., 5-11, 164)  
H 15 Grant Gregory (Sr., 6-1, 205)  
**Is subject to change

 

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South Florida Links
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Game Notes

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