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USF had another impressive victory, this time winning a 37-10 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Anyone who was against a Bulls Top 25 ranking last week certainly has no argument this week. Bottom line: the Bulls are for real.
USF’s first two possessions were long touchdown drives (78 yds and 83 yds, respectively). The credit goes straight to Matt Grothe. Grothe completed 17 of 30 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown, before being replaced by backup Grant Gregory at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Bulls shut down North Carolina’s Offense by forcing four turnovers and keeping the end zone free from Tar heels until a minute and four seconds remained on the game clock.
North Carolina red shirt freshman T.J. Yates has had an amazing start this year. Yates threw for over 300 yards in all games prior to facing the Bulls, where he was only allowed 85 passing yards and gave up four interceptions. The credit for these accomplishments belongs to USF corners Williams and Jenkins, and the rest of the Bulls’ lightning fast secondary.
USF kicker Delbert Alvarado is finally booting the ball at his ability after an embarrassing performance against Auburn. This week he nailed four extra points and three field goals, the longest being a 40-yard attempt.
While only in their 11th season and not possessing an on-campus stadium, the Bulls have come a long way in a short time and promise to go farther. Head Coach Jim Leavitt started this program with a trailer and muddy practice field, and is now the proud coach of a top 25 team.
This impressive victory brings up new questions, such as “Will USF take the Big East?" and, "Who is better: Tebow or Grothe?”
I think there is a large possibility that the Bulls will take the Big East title and win their bowl game. We will see how they face off against #5 West Virginia next week before we put down anything in stone. I will only say that I am supporting the Bulls and hope they can go all the way to the Big East showdown.
Matt Grothe is my favorite QB to watch. I enjoy Tebow (aka “Superman”), but Grothe—the “super sophomore“—walks around as though nothing can touch him. There is not a moment in any game where Grothe isn’t walking with his swagger or smiling and joking.
Grothe isn’t just confident—he is cocky. He gives off the vibe of a gunslinger from an old Western when he walks on or off the field. And while he is on the field, this guy can do anything. He is just as comfortable throwing on the run as he is in the pocket; he can power run when he needs to and he plays smart.
But above all else, he is one cocky SOB. After the game, Grothe said, "We still could have had even more points. It could have been, easily, 50-something to 10."
How can you not love this guy?