USFN Insider Game Balls: USF-CSU

Check out who earned our game balls and helmet decals for the Bulls performance in the 59-0 rout over Charleston Southern. Only on

Game Balls: Offense

Matt Grothe

This may be the last time Grothe gets a game ball, but it's not because of his injury. The Senior QB was nearly perfect on the night with 11 of 14 passing for 149 yards with 2 TD's, including a 50-yard score to Carlton Mitchell, and a 3-yard toss to Bogan on the opening drive. Grothe also rushed five times for 24 yards and directed three scoring drives before getting injured in the second quarter.

B.J. Daniels

The Redshirt freshman 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 the game with 10-13 for 149 yards and one passing score, while also rushing for 105 yards including two scoring runs of 19 and 7 yards.

Dontavia Bogan

After being held without a catch last week, the Bulls junior WR responded with 3 catches for 72 yards and scores 2 touchdowns against CSU. His first score was a 3-yard pass from Grothe on the Bulls first series, and the second came on a 50-yarder from Daniels on his first series after Grothe went down.

 Helmet Decals: Offense 

Carlton Mitchell -The junior WR had 4 catches for 63 yards and scored his first TD of the season on a 50-yard pass from Matt Grothe. Mitchell also had a 44-yard catch that was nullified for a personal foul.
Mike Ford -The junior RB returned from his 2-game suspension and scored his first TD of the season on a 2-yard run, where he just went through the blocks like he was going through butter. He finished with 4 rushes for 19 yards and had a nice 13-yard catch.

Demetris Murray -The Redshirt freshman RB saw his first game action in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 rushes for 59 yards.

Offensive Line -The unit paved the way for 249 net yards of rushing, a 5.5 avg., 7 scores and  put up 53 offensive points and 547 yards of total offense.

Andrew Ketchel-The junior tight end caught his first career pass, a 37-yarder from B.J. Daniels on 3rd and 7.

Lindsey Lamar - The true freshman scored his second touchdown as a Bull.

Sterling Griffin -The true freshman WR caught his first career catch, and finished 3 for 39 yards.


 Game Balls: Defense

Jerome Murphy

With the Bulls up 14-0, CSU drove 50 yards to the USF 24 before the defense stiffened up and forced a field goal attempt. The kick was blocked by the senior DB and senior safety Nate Allen returned it for a 75-yard score. Murphy also had 4 tackles and intercepted a pass on the goal line that he returned for 36 yards, and if he took a different angle probably could have scored with the blockers he had. 

Nate Allen

The Bulls senior free safety leads the team in tackles, and even though he only had one tackle on the evening came up with a big play. It was Allen who scooped up blocked kick by Murphy and returned it for the 75-yard score, and a 21-0 lead.


The Entire Defense

Every player on defense contributed to the 59-0 shutout, the first shutout since the Bulls defeated Syracuse, 27-0 in 2005.


  Helmet Decals: Defense

Chris Robinson -The senior LB forced his first fumble of the season on the third play from scrimmage in the first quarter.
Kayvon Webster -The true freshman DB recorded his first career fumble recovery on the third play from scrimmage in the first quarter.
Sam Barrington -The true freshman linebacker tied to lead the team with 5 tackles, with 3 solo tackles
Jason Pierre-Paul -The JUCO transfer made his first career start as a Bull, and finished with 3 tackles and .5 tackles for a loss.
Tyson Butler -The sophomore CB had 3 tackles, and partially blocked a punt, that resulted in a score
John Lejiste -The redshirt freshmen had 4 tackles, 2 solo, and a pass break-up
George Baker -The redshirt freshmen CB Made his first start and had 4 tackles, 2 solo, and a pass break-up


 Helmet Decals: special Teams 

Eric Schwartz -The walk-on kicker replaced Alvarado and made his first career field goal, a 37-yarder, with 6:28 left in the game. He also had 10 kick-offs for a 63.9 avg., with one touchback.






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