The Bulls found out what it is like to have a target on their back this week against FAU. Each week they are going to get their opponents best shot and that is what happened this week. FAU gave USF all they could handle this week and very well could have come away with a win. The Owls were getting into Bull territory in the first half, but missed three field goals and went into half time tied at 7. They had a couple chances at the end of the game to go ahead, but the Bull defense came through when it mattered most and got USF out of Boca Raton with a win.
It took the Bulls offense the first half of the game to finally wake up and start playing. They were shut down for most of the first half and could not pass the ball effectively all game. The Owls had the 102 ranked pass defense in the NCAA, but shut down Groethe this week. Bulls offensive coordinator Greg Gregory finally made an adjustment in the second half and the Bulls ran the ball down the Owls throat. Former walk on Ben Williams was forced to shoulder the load with Mike Ford out due to missing class and Jamar Taylor going down with an injury. Williams responded to the task and ran for 186 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 4 touchdowns is a new Bull record for rushing touchdowns in a game.
Matt Groethe had another bad game through the air. He only threw for 122 yards and 1 interception, and no touchdowns. If the Bulls are to be as good as their ranking they are going to need Matt Groethe to get it together passing the ball. They have a tough game against a Cincinnati team that thrives on turnovers later this season. If Groethe continues throwing this way teams will take advantage of the turnovers and the Bulls will lose. Also, without a passing attack the team becomes one dimensional and defenses love one dimensional teams.
The defense for the Bulls struggled at times, but came through in the end when it really mattered. They gave up 3 touchdowns to Owl quarterback Rusty Smith, but held the running backs in check all game. George Selvie got a sack early in the game to give him the Bull single season sack record. He has a long season still to go and will pad this number giving someone else something big to shoot for. Ben Moffitt had 6 tackles in the game after dominating WVU last year and earning defensive player of the week honors.