USF-CSU: Game Day

Complete breakdown of the South Florida Bulls vs the Charleston Southern Buccaneers

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

Location: Tampa, Fla.

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Eastern

TV: BullsVision on GoUSFBulls.com

Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa) & WQBN 1300 AM (Spanish)

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

Stadium Capacity - Surface: 65,857 - Bermuda Tiftway

Tickets: GoUSFBulls.com

 

Click here for the official game day thread!

The Game

The USF Bulls (2-0 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST) face the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (0-2 overall) tonight at Raymond James Stadium for a 7 pm night game. The Bulls enter the game 2-0 after beating Western Kentucky 35-13 last week and Wofford 40-7 on opening day. The Buccaneers enter the game 0-2 after losing to Wofford 42-14 last week, and a 63-3 loss to the defending national champion Gators on opening day.

The Coaches

USF — Jim Leavitt (90-52, 14th season) (.631)

CSU — Jay Mills (34-35, 7th season)

 

The Rankings

USF received votes in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Received votes in Associated Press Poll.

 

The Stat Leaders

Passing

USF                                                CSU:

Matt Grothe- 32-45-2/363/3 TD          A.J. Toscano - 33-55-2/305/1 TD

 

Rushing

USF                                                CSU:

Moise Plancher – 30-183-3 TD           G. Stevenson - 8-55-0

Lindsey Lamar – 16-99, 1 TD

 

Receiving

USF                                                 CSU

Carlton Mitchell – 10-167                    Kwame Krakue - 12-124-0

A.K. Love -6-65  

           

Defense

USF                                                 CSU:

FS Nate Allen: 17 TT/6 solo/ 1 FF       Chris Kuzdale 11 Total Tackles/9 Solo

LB Kion Wilson 15 TT/5 solo/1.5 TFL             

LB Chris Robinson 12 TT/9 solo/3 TFL/1 sack

DE George Selvie: 10TT/6 solo/2 TFL/ 1 sack           

         

With his 115 return yards against Wofford, CSU WR/RS Gerald Stevenson became the Big South's all-time leader in combined kick return yardage

 

The Series

CSU and USF have met four times before, with the Bulls winning each meeting and outscored CSU 159-19 in the four previous meetings. USF averaged 39.8 points, while the Bucs have averaged 4.8 points

 

Date Site Result

11/01/97 Tampa W-24-6

10/31/98 Charleston W 24-0

11/02/02 Tampa W 56-6

10/18/03 Tampa W 55-7

USF leads, 4-0

Home: 0-1, Away: 0-3

Most Points Scored CSU vs. USF:

7, October 18, 2003

Most Points scored USF vs. CSU:

56, November 2, 2002

Largest Margin of victory:

50, November 2, 2002 (56-6)

Narrowest Margin of victory:

18, November 1, 1997 (24-6)

Largest Halftime lead

34, October 18, 2003 (34-0)

Number of Shutouts:

One (10/31/98, L 0-24)

Like Opponents

Both CSU and USF have already played Wofford. USF beat Wofford, 40-7, on September 5, while Wofford rebounded with a 42-14 win over CSU last week.

 

USF-CSU Connections

CSU freshman DL Coril Joseph hails from Tampa and was an all-conference player at Freedom HS, where he was coached by former USF QB and current program assistant Marquel Blackwell. Also Sophomore DB Chris Kuzdale earned all-state honors at Plant HS and led them to the 2006 AAAA Florida State Championship.

Why to watch

 Even though the Bucs are 0-17 all-time against current FBS members, and the Bulls are heavily favored. FCS teams have beaten FBS teams on four occasions already this season. Villanova beat Temple, 27- 24, on September 3. Two days later, William & Mary beat Virginia, 26-14, and Richmond beat Duke, 24-16. Last Saturday, New Hampshire edged Ball State, 23-16. And there were nearly more upsets; Iowa needed two blocked field goals to beat North Iowa, 17-16, on September 5, and James Madison took Maryland to overtime last week, falling 38-35.

Click here for the official game day thread!

Bulls Daily Top Stories