The Bulls needed to make a statement and show what they can do against an inferior opponent, and that's exactly what they did Saturday night, beating Charleston Southern 59-0 and amassing 547 total yards while pitching a shutout.
Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe was 11 of 14 for 149 yards with 2 TD's, including a 50-yard score to Carlton Mitchell. Grothe also rushed five times for 24 yards and directed three scoring drives before, but it wasn't all good news for Grothe as he left the game with a left knee sprain late in the second quarter Saturday night.
The Bulls defense came up big early, when on the third play from scrimmage when senior linebacker Chris Robinson made a tackle and forced a fumble that was recovered by true freshman Kayvon Webster, his first of his career. That led to a 32 yard, ten play drive that ended with a 3-yad TD pass to Dontavia Bogan.
The Bulls defense forced a three and out, and on the first play of the next series Grothe hit Mitchell for the 50-yard score.
On the next series CSU drove 50 yards to the USF 24 before the defense stiffened up and forced a field goal attempt/ The kick was blocked by senior DB Jerome Murphy that was picked up by senior safety Nate Allen and returned for a 75-yard score. The first blocked field goal for a touchdown in USF history.
With the Bulls up 28-0 late in the second quarter, Grothe was hurt after a 9-yard run when he was tackled and had his left leg bent behind him. Grothe was assisted off the field and brought to the locker room. He returned after halftime on crutches and a knee brace on.
Redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels stepped in for Grothe on their own 32, and the offense didn't miss a beat as B.J. moved the ball to the 50 yard line and on 3 and 5 hit Dontavia Bogan for a 50-yard scoring pass. Daniels finished 10-13 for 149 yards and one passing score, while also rushing for 105 yards including two scoring runs of 19 and 7 yards.
Final Individual Stats
Matt Grothe - 11-14 for 139 yards, 2 TDs
BJ Daniels - 10-13 for 149 yards, 1 TD
BJ Daniels - 8 rushes for 105 yards, 2 TDs
Demetrious Murray - 11 rushes for 59 yards
Matt Grothe - 5 rushes for 24 yards
Mike Ford - 4 rushes for 19 yards
Carlton Mitchell - 4 receptions for 63 yards, 1 TD
Dontavia Bogan - 3 receptions for 72 yards
Sterling Griffin - 3 receptions for 29 yards
A.J. Love - 2 receptions for 35 yards
Delbert Alverado - 0-1 FG, 4-4 PAT
Eric Scwartz - 1-1 FG, 4-4 PAT
Theo Wilson - 1 return for 29 yards
Sam Barrington - 3 solo tackles, 2 assists
Kion Wilson - 1 solo, 4 assists
Jerome Murphy - 2 solo, 2 assists, 1 INT, 1 Forced Fumble
Jon Lejiste - 2 solo, 2 assists
George Selvie - 4 assists, 0.5 sack
Mistral Raymond - 4 assists
Jason Pierre-Paul - 1 solo, 2 assists, 0.5 sack
Armando Sanchez - 3 solo
George Baker - 2 solo, 1 assist
Aaron Harris - 1 solo, 2 assists
· The Bulls are 3-0 for the fourth straight year and just the fifth time in the program's 13-year history.
· This is the first shutout since the Bulls defeated Syracuse, 27-0, on Nov. 1 2, 2005.
· The Bulls' 59 points was tied for the fifth most scored in a game in school history,
· Tonight's 59-point win is the third largest margin of victory in school history
· USF's 21 points is tied for the second most scored in the first quarter of a game in school history
· Tonight was the just the second time in school history that the Bulls did not register a punt. The last time that USF did not punt in a game was on Nov. 18, 2000 vs. Austin Peay.
· USF logged 547 total yards on 73 plays ... The last time the Bulls recorded 500 yards in total offense was on Sept. 27, 2008 at North Carolina State.
· QB Matt Grothe, RB Mo Plancher, S Nate Allen, LB Kion Wilson and DE George Selvie were USF's captains for tonight's game
· Tonight's offensive starters were: WR Carlton Mitchell, OL Jeremiah Warren, OL Chaz Hine, C Sampson Genus, OG Zach Hermann, OT Jake Sims, TE Ben Busbee, WR Sterling Griffin, QB Matt Grothe, RB Mo Plancher, RB Lindsey Lamar
· Tonight's defensive starters were: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Keith McCaskill, DE Craig Marshall, RE, George Selvie, LB Sabbath Joseph, LB Kion Wilson, LB Chris Robinson, CB George Baker, CB Jerome Murphy, S Nate Allen, DB Kayvon Webster
· DE Jason Pierre-Paul started in his first career game tonight.
· LB Chris Robinson forced his first fumble of the season and the fifth of his career with 13:25 left in the first quarter
· On the same play, DB Kayvon Webster recorded his first career fumble recovery.
· QB Matt Grothe threw his 51st and 52nd career touchdown passes.
· Dontavia Bogan caught his third and fourth touchdowns of his career
· Daniels threw his second career touchdown pass, and also scored his second and third rushing TD's .
· WR Carlton Mitchell caught his sixth career TD reception, and marked the second straight game that Mitchell has caught a pass of 50 yards or more
· S Nate Allen recovered a blocked field goal and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown, Allen's third of his career.
· RB Mike Ford scored his first touchdown of the season with a two-yard scamper, his 18th career touchdown.
· Daniels would had a 16-yard touchdown, his second of his career, and a six-yard touchdown for his second of the game and the third of his career.
· Daniels rushed for 105 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown tonight. He is the first quarterback since Matt Grothe to rush for 100 yards in a game on Oct. 27, 2007 with 146 yards on 25 carries at Connecticut. It was also the sixth time in school history that a quarterback has rushed for 100 yards.
· CB Jerome Murphy recorded his first interception of the season and the fifth of his career midway through the third quarter
· TE Andrew Ketchel caught his first career pass tonight from B.J. Daniels.
· RB Lindsey Lamar made his first career start, lining up as a receiver on the first play and making a 3-yard catch and rushed for his second career touchdown on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.
· DT Keith McCaskill made his first career start.
· Redshirt freshman George Baker got his first career start at cornerback,
· Redshirt freshman RB Demetris Murray saw his first game action in the fourth quarter.
· True freshman WR Sterling Griffin got his first career catch, a 10-yard pass from QB Matt Grothe
· K Eric Schwartz connected on his first career field goal tonight, a 37-yard boot, with 6:28 left in the game after replacing Delbert Alvardo.