Game Balls: OffenseMatt Grothe
The Bulls senior QB broke the BIG EAST total offense record with 10 minutes to go in the first half, and finished the game with 269 total yards. Throwing for 214 yards on 14 of 23 passing (61%) with two scores and one interception, and also carried the ball 11 times for 55-yards.Grothe Except for one bad read that resulted in an interception had another efficient game.Mo Plancher
The senior RB was the horse again scoring two TD's and had 115 yards on 18 carries, and a 6.1 avg. This was the first 100-yard game by a Bull since November 2007.
The junior WR continues his hot start, finishing with 130 yards on 4 receptions. He also showed his big play potential by hauling in passes of 50, 65, and both leading to touchdowns. Mitchell now has 1,109 receiving yards, and is the 8th player in USF history to pass the 1,000-yard mark.
With all the question marks entering the season about the line, the unit has surprisingly played very solid. They paved the way for 253 net yards of rushing and 3 rushing scores and an impressive 6.0 average. The off-sides and holding penalties have been reduced and except for a few unsportsmanlike penalties it's a major difference from last season.
the senior WR might have been auspicious as a punt returner, but he had beautiful over the head catch for a 14-yard TD for a second quarter 14-3 lead, it was his second score in as many games, and has shown how electric he can be when he gets the ball.
The redshirt freshman has been praised by Coach Leavitt for his abilities, and showed why he has to be involved in the offense. Being used in a version of the wildcat formation with Grothe lined up wide, his first 3 carries went for 23 yards including a 7-yard touchdown. His last carry was a lost for 11 yards bringing his average down.
the true freshman showed his speed is no fluke with 60 yards on only 8 rushes (7.7 avg.) he showed how special he truly is. He had another big gain called back for a penalty as well.
The senior tight end scored his first TD of the season on a 17 yard scramble and throw by Grothe on 3rd & 11. Busbee did a good job of finding a soft spot in the coverage and made a nice catch. It was also Busbee's first score since the MagicJack Bowl.