Once Again, Orange Juice is Good for Bulls

With a 45-13 win Saturday, USF is 4-0 against the Orange, and back on track. Matt Grothe accounted for 4 TDS, as the Bulls won their homecoming game at Raymond James Stadium. Only on USFNation.com.

Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, as 19th-ranked USF had a dominating second half to pull away for a 45-13 rout of Syracuse in front of a Homecoming crowd of 51,384 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bulls had a 21-13 halftime lead, then outscored the Orange 24-0 in the second half, holding Syracuse without a first down over the final 30 minutes.

Grothe completed 19-of-26 passes for 248 yards and ran for a team-high 72 yards on just 10 carries for the Bulls, which had a bye last week after dropping a 26-21 decision to unranked Pittsburgh on October 2.

Once again a good dose of orange juice is just what the doctor orded to get the South Florida Bulls back on track. Last year, the Bulls were ranked No.2, then lost three games in a row before getting back on track at Syracuse, with a 41-10 victory.

This one didn't start off that easy, as Syracuse had its opportunities and hung with the Bulls in the first half. The orange held the ball for 19:09 in the first half and out-gained the Bulls, 221-212. Syracuse running back Curtis Brinkley rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and SU trailed by just eight points at the midway point.

The second half was a different story as the Bulls defense owned the Orange. Syracuse had the ball for just 6:40 and held the offense to just 9 total yards and not a single first downs in the entire second half.

The Orange had an oportunity in the third after reovering a Marcus Edwards fumble deep in there own territory ending a Bulls drive. But, any chance Syracuse had vanished when Aaron Harris sacked quarterback Cameron Dantley causing a fumble that Craig Marshall picked up and rumbled to the one-yard line. On the very next play, Grothe found A.J. Love for a touchdown.

While the defense did it's job, the Bulls offense continued to roll for another 24 points and controlled the ball for 23:20 in the second half. The Bulls finished the game outgaining the Orange 487-230 in total yards with a balanced 248 yards through the air and 239 on the ground.

Team Notes
-. After allowing the Orange to record 221 yards in total offense on 36 plays in the first half, USF's defense stepped up considerably in the second half holding the Orange to nine yards on 18 plays.
- USF outscored Syracuse 14-0 this afternoon in the third quarter. Through today's contest; the Bulls have outscored their opponents 59-7 in the third quarter this year. The Bulls have outgained opponents 957 to 286 in the third session.
- Today's win over Syracuse improves USF's all-time record to 85-48 and to 57-31 as a NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision member.
- With today's win, USF improved its record in its annual homecoming games to 8-4.
- Today's win today raises the Bulls' all-time record to 4-0 all-time over the Orange and 2-0 against SU in Raymond James Stadium . The Bulls have held Syracuse to 13 or fewer points in all four contests.
- Today's attendance of 51,384 marks the third straight home game – and the seventh home game in its last eight – that USF has played in front of better than 50,000 fans. It is also the fourth straight home. game this season that USF has played in front of better than 48,000 and the seventh straight dating back to last season. In addition, today's mark is the sixth largest to ever see a home game in school history.

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