USFNation Game Balls: USF at NC State

The Bulls made a statement Saturday night beating NC State 41-10 to stay undefeated. Find out who the staff at USFNation picked as the top-performers.

Player of the game:


  • QB Matt GrotheOnce again the Bulls junior QB showed what he means to this offense. Grothe started off 11 of 11, and led the Bulls on touchdown drives on their first three possessions.  Matt's 208 passing yards in the first half is third all-time in USF history. On the night he was almost perfect finishing with 259 yards and a score, a 9-yard TD to Carlton Mitchell. Grothe also had 68 yards rushing on just nine attempts, breaking the 1700-yard mark in career rushing yards. Matt had zero interceptions on the night.



Game Balls


  • The O-line – After struggling against FIU last week, the line finally had the game they needed to. The line helped pave the way to touchdown drives of 76, 68 and 81 yards on the first three possessions, and finished the half with 354 yards and 31 points. The Bulls had 514 yards of total offense and the line opened up holes for the running game that amassed 245 yards on the ground with a 5.1 yard average.


  • RB Mike Ford – Against the Pack, the Ford gave fans the kind of game they've been waiting for. Mike only carried the ball 11 times, but ran Ford tough all game finishing with 64 yards with a one yard touchdown run, his fifth touchdown this season and his 17th of his career which moves him into a tie for fifth on the all-time list. Ford was also involved in the passing game including a 20-yard grab for a first down.


  • The Bulls D – Without defensive starters George Selvie, Brouce, Mompremier, and Terrell McClain. The Bulls defense played stingy ball all The Pack finished with 26 rushing yards and 265 yards of total offense, thanks to several big passing plays on only 9 completions. The Bulls roughed up and harassed Beck all night forcing three interceptions by the former Countryside star.  



Other Top performers



·         DE Craig Marshall – Getting the nod over the injured George Selvie the sophomore end made the most of his opportunity. Marshall crushed Beck on one play got the sack, forced a fumble, and also had an interception, the first of his career.


·         CB Jerome Murphy – Again the junior corner led the Bulls in tackles with six solo and one for a loss. Murphy also his second interception of the season.


·         K Maikon Bonani - The true freshman was almost perfect for the Bulls hitting kicks of 20, 32, and 44 yards and made all his PAT attempts. His only miss hit the upright.


·         LB Tyrone McKenzie – T-Mac got his first interception as a Bull, and almost had another as he was credited with two pass break-ups to go with his 5 tackles and a QB hurry.


·         DE Jarriett Buie – The stats will only show 3 tackles, one for a loss, and two quarterback hurries, but Buie put constant pressure on Beck, leading to errant throws and turnovers. If Buie was a step faster he could have had several sacks.

Other Game Notes


  • One week after suffering a neck injury, Brouce Mompremier served as a Captain for the Bulls along with Jake Griffin, Taurus Johnson, and Tyrone McKenzie
  • Following back-to-back knee injuries last season, Colby Erskin officially made his season debut in the fourth quarter.
  • For the second time this season, backup quarterbacks Grant Gregory and B.J. Daniels were able to see time
  • The Bulls are now 25-2 when leading at halftime
  • USF is now 5-0 for the third time in the program's history. The Bulls previously started 5-0 in 1998 and 2007
  • The Bulls have won 11-straight regular season non-conference games, including six straight on the road, and are now 3-2 against the ACC 

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