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Grothe leads South Florida to rout of Memphis

Dec 21, 2008 - 8:38 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Matt Grothe threw three touchdown passes to lead South Florida to a 41-14 victory over Memphis on Saturday in the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl.

After a disappointing season in which it lost five of its last seven games, South Florida pulled away in the second half.

The Bulls (8-5) scored on four of their first five possessions to take a 24-14 lead at the half.

"He's Matt Grothe. He is going to make plays," wide receiver Taurus Johnson said. "He's going to scramble around until someone is open, and if they're not open he'll take off running. That's what he does."

Arkelon Hall threw for one TD and ran for another for Memphis (6-7).

"You can see today why they are a BCS team and why we're not," Memphis coach Tommy West said. "The difference in speed was pretty noticeable."

The Tigers' top weapon, tailback Curtis Steele, was limited to 48 yards on 12 carries. Steele rushed for 1,175 yards in the regular season - the fourth-best one-year effort in school history.

If you would have told the Bulls that they would end their season with a bowl game in their home state, they likely would have been ecstatic. However, after a disappointing season, South Florida had to settle for a consolation prize.

At the start of the year, the Bulls (7-5) had visions of winning the Big East Conference title and earning a berth in the Orange Bowl. Those hopes ended with a three-game losing streak to Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers.

As disappointed as they may have been, the Bulls came out and took out their frustrations on the Tigers, racking up 496 yards of offense and shutting out the Tigers in the second half.

"We could not tackle their quarterback," West said.

Grothe completed 17-of-24 passes for 235 yards and also rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries. His 26-yard TD pass to Taurus Johnson opened the scoring and he added a 13-yard scoring strike to Ben Busbee in the second quarter and a 24-yarder to Dontavia Bogan to make 34-14 in the third quarter.

''I think when I go out there and just play football, I play well, Grothe said, "and I think the team is the same way -- when we go out and just play and not worry about what people are saying and what happened the week before.''






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    Memphis 14, South Florida 41  FinalDec 20 11:31 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MEMPHIS 7 7 0 0 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 14 10 10 7 41 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, TAURUS JOHNSON 26 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (MAIKON BONANI
    KICK), 1:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, BENJAMIN WILLIAMS 3 YD RU

    Dec 20 8:03 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    MOISE PLANCHER 2 YD RUN
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    MEMPHIS 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 41 12:40 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Memphis 14, South Florida 41  4th - 12:40Dec 20 7:28 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MEMPHIS 7 7 0 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 14 10 10 34 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, TAURUS JOHNSON 26 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (MAIKON BONANI
    KICK), 1:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, BENJAMIN WILLIAM

    Dec 20 7:20 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    DONTAVIA BOGAN 24 YD PASS FROM MATT GROTHE
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    MEMPHIS 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 34 1:50 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Memphis 14, South Florida 34  3rd - 1:50Dec 20 7:12 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    FG SOUTH FLORIDA
    MAIKON BONANI 37 YD
    MEMPHIS 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 27 8:36 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Memphis 14, South Florida 27  3rd - 8:36Dec 20 6:54 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MEMPHIS 7 7 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 14 10 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, TAURUS JOHNSON 26 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (MAIKON BONANI
    KICK), 1:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, BENJAMIN WILLIAMS 3

    Dec 20 6:18 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD MEMPHIS
    DUKE CALHOUN 2 YD PASS FROM ARKELON HALL
    (MATT REAGAN KICK)
    MEMPHIS 14
    SOUTH FLORIDA 24 0:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Memphis 14, South Florida 24  2nd - 0:08Dec 20 6:16 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    BEN BUSBEE 13 YD PASS FROM MATT GROTHE
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    MEMPHIS 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA 24 4:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Memphis 7, South Florida 24  2nd - 4:15Dec 20 5:58 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    FG SOUTH FLORIDA
    MAIKON BONANI 23 YD
    MEMPHIS 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA 17 11:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Memphis 7, South Florida 17  2nd - 11:18Dec 20 5:35 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MEMPHIS 7 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, TAURUS JOHNSON 26 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (MAIKON BONANI
    KICK), 1:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, BENJAMIN WILLIAM

    Dec 20 5:22 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD MEMPHIS
    ARKELON HALL 3 YD RUN
    (MATT REAGAN KICK)
    MEMPHIS 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA 14 2:09 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Memphis 7, South Florida 14  1st - 2:09Dec 20 5:18 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    BENJAMIN WILLIAMS 3 YD RUN
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    MEMPHIS 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA 14 4:28 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Memphis 0, South Florida 14  1st - 4:28Dec 20 5:11 PM


  • ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    AT ST PETERSBURG FL
    NCAAF ST PETERSBURG BOWL
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    TAURUS JOHNSON 26 YD PASS FROM MATT GROTHE
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    MEMPHIS 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA 7 13:58 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Memphis 0, South Florida 7  1st - 13:58Dec 20 4:43 PM
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