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Grothe, South Florida rip into shorthanded NC State

Sep 28, 2008 - 4:47 AM RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Matt Grothe and South Florida easily dispatched of undermanned North Carolina State.

Grothe completed 20-of-29 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown to lead the 14th-ranked Bulls to a 41-10 victory over the Wolfpack on Saturday.

Jamar Taylor, Mike Ford and Moise Plancher each ran for a TD as the Bulls (5-0) rolled up 520 total yards of offense against a Wolfpack defense without injured linebacker Nate Irving - its leading tackler.

"I thought our players played really well tonight," South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt said. "I was really happy with all three phases of our game."

The Wolfpack (2-3) were also without quarterback Russell Wilson, who suffered an undisclosed injury in last week's 30-24 overtime upset of then-No. 15 East Carolina.

The injuries to Irving and Wilson made NC State ripe for the picking, and Grothe happily obliged.

"We got beat by an excellent football team tonight," Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien said. "We couldn't make plays against them, and they made a lot against us. This one is over. We can forget about it, go back to conference play next week and see what we can get done."

It was over early as Grothe, who also carried nine times for 68 yards, led South Florida to a touchdown on each of its first three drives. The Bulls held commanding 31-10 lead at the break.

"I know coming in to tonight our coaches thought we could throw the ball on them," Leavitt said. "We had a lot of things open up underneath that we noticed and were able to exploit. Matt (Grothe) had a pretty good night and our backs all ran hard. I'm proud of all of them."

"Their quarterback is something special," O'Brien said. "He's the real deal."

Maikon Bonani kicked three field goals for South Florida, which ran for 240 yards compared to just 22 for NC State.

"They had much more speed and they were more powerful up front," O'Brien said. "Their offense is pretty efficient at what they do."

Taylor opened the scoring with a 1-yard plunge with 11:33 left in the first, and Grothe made it 14-3 with a 9-yard TD toss to Carlton Mitchell with 4:37 left in the period. Ford ran in from 1 yard out, and after a pair of safeties and a field goal, the rout was on.

Andre Brown scored the lone touchdown for the Wolfpack, who managed just less than a yard per carry as a team (28 carries, 22 yards).








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 14 17 0 10 41
    NC STATE 3 7 0 0 10 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JAMAR TAYLOR 1 YD RUN (MAIKON
    BONANI KICK), 3:27. SOUTH
    FLORIDA 7-0
    NC STATE - FG, JOSH CZAJKOWSKI 32 YD, 7:09.
    SOUTH FLORIDA 7-3
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, CARLTON MITCHELL 9 YD PASS
    FRO

    Sep 27 10:57 PM


  • NCAAF
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 41
    NC STATE 10 6:36 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    South Florida(13) 41, NC State 10  4th - 6:36Sep 27 10:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 34
    NC STATE 10 12:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    South Florida(13) 34, NC State 10  4th - 12:00Sep 27 10:25 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 14 17 31
    NC STATE 3 7 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JAMAR TAYLOR 1 YD RUN (MAIKON
    BONANI KICK), 3:27. SOUTH
    FLORIDA 7-0
    NC STATE - FG, JOSH CZAJKOWSKI 32 YD, 7:09.
    SOUTH FLORIDA 7-3
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, CARLTON MITCHELL 9 YD P

    South Florida(13) 31, NC State 10  HalfSep 27 9:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NC STATE
    ANDRE BROWN 1 YD RUN
    (JOSH CZAJKOWSKI KICK)
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 28
    NC STATE 10 1:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    South Florida(13) 28, NC State 10  2nd - 1:06Sep 27 9:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    SAFETY SOUTH FLORIDA
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 25
    NC STATE 3 7:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    South Florida(13) 25, NC State 3  2nd - 7:55Sep 27 8:45 PM


  • NCAAF
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 23
    NC STATE 3 8:34 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    South Florida(13) 23, NC State 3  2nd - 8:34Sep 27 8:39 PM
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    South Florida(13) 21, NC State 3  2nd - 12:18Sep 27 8:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    MIKE FORD 1 YD RUN
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 21
    NC STATE 3 12:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    South Florida(13) 21, NC State 3  2nd - 12:18Sep 27 8:26 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 14 14
    NC STATE 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, JAMAR TAYLOR 1 YD RUN (MAIKON
    BONANI KICK), 3:27. SOUTH
    FLORIDA 7-0
    NC STATE - FG, JOSH CZAJKOWSKI 32 YD, 7:09.
    SOUTH FLORIDA 7-3
    SOUTH FLORIDA - TD, CARLTON MITCHEL

    Sep 27 8:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    CARLTON MITCHELL 9 YD PASS FROM MATT GROTHE
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 14
    NC STATE 3 4:37 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    South Florida(13) 14, NC State 3  1st - 4:37Sep 27 8:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NC STATE
    JOSH CZAJKOWSKI 32 YD
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 7
    NC STATE 3 7:51 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    South Florida(13) 7, NC State 3  1st - 7:51Sep 27 7:54 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH FLORIDA
    JAMAR TAYLOR 1 YD RUN
    (MAIKON BONANI KICK)
    SOUTH FLORIDA (13) 7
    NC STATE 0 11:33 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    South Florida(13) 7, NC State 0  1st - 11:33Sep 27 7:43 PM
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