USF Bulls junior quarterback Matt Grothe was chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, and the Bulls climbed to No. 14 in both Polls after the Syracuse win on Saturday. Joining Grothe was Rutgers linebacker Ryan D'Imperio and punter Teddy Dellaganna when the conference honors were announced Monday morning.
During USF’s 45-13 win against Syracuse, Grothe had one of his best games, completing 73.1% of his attempts with360 yards of total offense and had scored four touchdowns. He completed 19 of 26 passes (71for 248 yards and three touchdowns through the air and had a team-high 72 rushing yards, including an 11-yard touchdown as the Bulls became the BIG EAST’s first bowl-eligible team.
This is the third time this season that the Bulls junior quarterback has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, and is the fifth time in his career that he has received the recognition. The other two honors came in 2006. Grothe is the only player to win the offensive award on multiple occasions this season, Pitt's Scott McKillop has also won the defensive award three times.
USF found themselves ranked No. 14 in all three polls when the polls were released yesterday. The Bulls climbed five spots to No. 14 in the AP poll, the USA Today coaches Poll and Harris polls. The Bulls were also ranked 16th in the first official BCS standings.
The Bulls continue their BIG EAST portion of the schedule against the Louisville this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Matt Grothe Against Syracuse, Grothe completed 73.1% of his attempts with 360 yards of total offense and had scored four touchdowns. He completed 19 of 26 passes (71 for 248 yards and three touchdowns through the air and had a team-high 72 rushing yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Ryan D’Imperio was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he led a Rutgers defense that allowed just 11 rushing yards in the second half of a 12-10 win against Connecticut. He had a game-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, as the Scarlet Knights held the Huskies to 123.5 rushing yards below their season average of 240.5 yards.
BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week
Teddy Dellaganna is the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after averaged 41.7 yards on seven punts, dropping four inside the 20-yard line, in Rutgers’ 12-10 win against Connecticut. He forced Connecticut to start five second-half drives inside its 15-yard line, including three drives that started inside the 3.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville — Rushed for a game-high 161 yards on 19 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown run, in a 42-23 win against Middle Tennessee State. Had his fourth 100-yard game of the season.
Chris Campa, LB, Louisville — Had seven tackles and two tackles for loss in a 42-23 win against Middle Tennessee State. Helped hold the Blue Raiders to 93 total yards in the second half.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh — Rushed for a game-high 156 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and had two catches for 46 yards in a 42-21 win at Navy.
Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh — Had a team-high nine tackles in a 42-21 win at Navy, helping to hold the nation’s second-ranked rushing offense to 119 yards below its season average.
Curtis Brinkley, RB, Syracuse — Rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 45-13 loss at USF. Registered his fifth 100-yard game of the season.