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Grothe, Ford power South Florida in rout of UT-Martin

Aug 31, 2008 - 7:04 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- One season after exploding onto the college football scene, South Florida is proving not to be a one-hit wonder.

Matt Grothe threw for two touchdowns and Mike Ford rushed for two more scores, leading the 21st-ranked Bulls to a 56-7 rout of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.

Building on its unexpected success from last campaign that included a 9-3 regular-season record and Sun Bowl berth, South Florida scored on each of its first four possessions, jumping out to a 28-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulls needed no more than five plays to complete any of their four scoring drives.

"The thing that I'm happiest about, sometimes when we play a team like that and we haven't done the thing that we are supposed to do and we just haven't played real good football," South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said. "I am proud of our players. They did what they came out to do, what they needed to do, and I think we did a pretty good job."

Grothe went 6-of-8 for 97 yards before giving way to backup Grant Gregory after throwing his second TD pass late in the second quarter. Ford left after the first series of the third quarter, finishing with 60 yards on 15 carries.

After the Skyhawks (0-1) punted on their opening drive, Grothe led the Bulls (1-0) to their first score when he connected with Jessie Hester on an 18-yard TD pass with 9:58 left in the opening quarter.

Following two more unsuccessful possessions by Tennessee-Martin, Ford scored from 3 and 6 yards out on the next two drives for South Florida to increase the bulge to 21-0. Benjamin Williams finished the first-quarter flurry with a 13-yard TD run.

With 1:55 remaining before intermission, Grothe found Hester again from 22 yards out to stake the Bulls to a 35-0 halftime lead.

"It feels great to finally get a chance to play against a different opponent and get out of two-a-days," Hester said. "That was three weeks of hard work. It's finally time to show what we put into it . It felt really nice going back out there."

With the game well in hand, Moise Plancher broke loose for a 35-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter.

The Skyhawks managed their only score late in the third quarter when Dontell Miller scooped up a fumble from reserve quarterback B.J. Daniels and returned it 72 yards for a score.

"It wasn't just the offense, it was the defense and special teams as well. Let's face it we were overmatched and we didn't help ourselves," UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson said. "We missed a lot of tackles, didn't block, didn't catch. We just got beat sourly, what can you say?"

Theo Wilson continued the Bulls' domination in the fourth when he returned a punt from Adam Ivey 67 yards for another score to increase the lead to 49-7. Plancher completed the rout with South Florida's fifth rushing TD with 2:20 remaining.

As impressive as their offense was, the Bulls were every bit as dominant on defense, forcing the Skyhawks to punt on 13 of their 14 possessions while holding them to 96 total yards - including 39 yards passing.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UT MARTIN 0 0 7 0 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 28 7 7 14 56 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JESSIE HESTER 18 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (DELBERT ALVARADO
    KICK), 5:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, MIKE FORD 3 YD RUN (DELBERT
    ALVARADO KICK), 8:36. SOUTH
    FLORIDA 14-0
    SOUTH

    Aug 30 10:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    UT MARTIN 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 56 2:08 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UT-Martin 7, South Florida(19) 56  4th - 2:08Aug 30 10:18 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    THEO WILSON 67 YD PUNT RETURN
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 49 11:11 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UT-Martin 7, South Florida(19) 49  4th - 11:11Aug 30 9:53 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UT MARTIN 0 0 7 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 28 7 7 42 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JESSIE HESTER 18 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (DELBERT ALVARADO
    KICK), 5:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, MIKE FORD 3 YD RUN (DELBERT
    ALVARADO KICK), 8:36. SOUTH
    FL

    Aug 30 9:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UT MARTIN
    D.J. MILLER 72 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (TOM HANSEN KICK)
    UT MARTIN 7
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 42 2:26 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UT-Martin 7, South Florida(19) 42  3rd - 2:26Aug 30 9:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    MOISE PLANCHER 34 YD RUN
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 42 5:18 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UT-Martin 0, South Florida(19) 42  3rd - 5:18Aug 30 9:23 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UT MARTIN 0 0 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 28 7 35 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JESSIE HESTER 18 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (DELBERT ALVARADO
    KICK), 5:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, MIKE FORD 3 YD RUN (DELBERT
    ALVARADO KICK), 8:36. SOUTH
    FLORIDA 14

    Aug 30 8:36 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    JESSIE HESTER 22 YD PASS FROM MATT GROTHE
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 35 1:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UT-Martin 0, South Florida(19) 35  2nd - 1:55Aug 30 8:32 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UT MARTIN 0 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 28 28 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JESSIE HESTER 18 YD PASS FROM
    MATT GROTHE (DELBERT ALVARADO
    KICK), 5:02. SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, MIKE FORD 3 YD RUN (DELBERT
    ALVARADO KICK), 8:36. SOUTH
    FL

    Aug 30 7:53 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    BENJAMIN WILLIAMS 13 YD RUN
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 28 0:27 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UT-Martin 0, South Florida(19) 28  1st - 0:27Aug 30 7:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    MIKE FORD 6 YD RUN
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 21 3:12 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UT-Martin 0, South Florida(19) 21  1st - 3:12Aug 30 7:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    MIKE FORD 4 YD RUN
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 14 6:24 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UT-Martin 0, South Florida(19) 14  1st - 6:24Aug 30 7:29 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    JESSIE HESTER 18 YD PASS FROM MATT GROTHE
    (DELBERT ALVARADO KICK)
    UT MARTIN 0
    SOUTH FLORIDA (19) 7 9:58 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UT-Martin 0, South Florida(19) 7  1st - 9:58Aug 30 7:16 PM
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    UT-Martin vs. South Florida(19)Aug 29 11:05 PM