USF quarterback Matt Grothe, Connecticut linebacker Lawrence Wilson and Pittsburgh kicker Conor Lee have been chosen as the recipients of the BIG EAST Conference's weekly football accolades following games of Sept. 29.
Grothe was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he accounted for 327 yards of total offense in leading USF to a 41-10 win at North Carolina State. He completed his first 11 passes of the game, helping the Bulls build a 14-3 lead before his first incompletion. He finished 20-for-29 for 259 yards and a touchdown and had a game-high 68 rushing yards on nine carries.
This is the second time this season that the Bulls junior quarterback has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week. It is the fourth time in his career that he has received the recognition. The other two honors came in 2006.
Grothe has not thrown an interception in four of five games this season, and has completed 64.4 percent of his passes. Grothe has thrown 107 passes since his last interception in the fourth quarter against UCF, and coming into 2008 had nine career games without an interception.
The Bulls found themselves ranked No. 10 Bulls when the polls were released yesterday and open their BIG EAST portion of the schedule against the Pittsburgh Panthers on a national audience this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN with Chris Fowler, Erin Andrews, Jessie Palmer and Craig James calling the action.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Matt Grothe accounted for 327 yards of total offense in leading USF to a 41-10 win at North Carolina State. He completed his first 11 passes of the game, helping the Bulls build a 14-3 lead before his first incompletion. He finished 20-for-29 for 259 yards and a touchdown and had a game-high 68 rushing yards on nine carries.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Lawrence Wilson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 45-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to highlight Connecticut’s rally from an 11-point deficit in the Huskies’ 26-21 win at Louisville. Wilson also finished with six tackles and had an 18-yard fumble return as the Huskies remained unbeaten at 5-0.
BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week
Coner Lee scored 14 points — the most by a BIG EAST kicker this season — and tied a school record with four field goals in the Panthers’ 34-24 come-from-behind win at Syracuse. He hit field goals of 40, 43, 44 and 25 yards and extended his streak of consecutive successful PATs to 85.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati — Had seven receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 17-15 win at Akron. Had at least one touchdown pass for the fourth straight game.
Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati — Had a game-high 14 tackles with one tackle for loss and three pass breakups in Cincinnati’s 17-15 win at Akron.
Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut — The nation’s leading rusher had 33 carries for 190 yards and a touchdown in Connecticut’s 26-21 win at Louisville.
Mike Holmes, CB, Syracuse — Had seven kickoff returns for 207 yards, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown in a 34-24 loss to Pittsburgh.
Reed Williams, LB, West Virginia — Had a game-high 11 tackles with two tackles for loss in a 27-3 win against Marshall. Led a defense that held Marshall to 39 rushing yards and 158 total yards.