Scores

Final

Wofford 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

South Florida 40

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
WOF 7 0 0 07
USF 7 9 10 1440

Top Performers

Passing: M. Grothe (USF) - 155 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Breitenstein (WOF) - 13 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Mitchell (USF) - 6 REC, 37 YDS

Plancher's two TDs lead South Florida to victory

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Moise Plancher ran for two touchdowns and Matt Grothe moved closer to becoming the Big East's career total offense leader Saturday night, leading South Florida to a season-opening 40-7 rout of Wofford.

Plancher scored on runs of 4 and 9 yards and finished with 78 yards rushing on 12 carries. Grothe threw a second-quarter touchdown pass to Theo Wilson and had 155 yards passing and 44 rushing to increase his four-year total to 10,441 yards -- 88 shy of Pat White's Big East record.

USF overcame a slow start, snapping a 7-7 tie on Grothe's touchdown pass to Theo Wilson and adding a safety to make it 16-7 before halftime. Plancher scored his second touchdown early in the third quarter, and the Bulls rolled from there.

Wofford's wingbone offense was effective early, and the Terriers wound up rushing for 177 yards on 50 attempts. Fullback Eric Breitenstein gained 121 yards on 13 carries and scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.

USF coach Jim Leavitt insisted that opening against Wofford, which won nine games and participated in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs each of the past two years, would be a good test for a young, but talented team that expects to contend for the Bulls' first Big East title.

Wofford played South Carolina tough a year ago, losing 23-13 but drawing a glowing review from Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier, who saluted the team's effort level. For most of the first half, the Terriers gave USF all it could handle, too.

Sophomore quarterback Mitch Allen, making his first college start, answered Grothe's game-opening touchdown drive with an impressive march of his own. The Terriers moved 69 yards in 13 plays, tying the game 7-all on Breitenstein's 2-yard run.

Wofford turned back one USF threat with Tommy Irvin's end zone interception of Grothe, whose 39-yard run got the Bulls inside the 10-yard line. Four plays later, the Terriers began unraveling.

An errant snap on a punt set up Grothe's 6-yard scoring pass to Theo Wilson with 36 seconds left in the opening half. A second bad snap that sailed over Chris Tommie's head resulted in a safety, making it 16-7, when the Wofford punter ran down the loose ball and kicked it through the end zone with one second remaining.

If Tommie had picked up the ball -- instead of kicking it intentionally -- just inside the 20, the final seconds of the half likely would have run out.

Plancher's second TD run and Delbert Alvarado's 30-yard field goal extended USF's lead to 26-7 in the third quarter.

Lindsey Lamar scored on a 13-yard run and Grothe's backup, B.J. Daniel, threw a 22-yard TD pass to Jeffrey Wilson in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WOF
USF
1st Downs1322
Total Yards211359
Passing34185
Rushing177174
Penalties6-586-45
3rd Down Conversions3-134-8
4th Down Conversions3-61-1
Turnovers22
Possession31:3828:22

Passing Leaders

WoffordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Allen3/9273.000
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grothe19/231556.711

Rushing Leaders

WoffordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Breitenstein131219.3144
Allen17543.2012
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Plancher12786.5217
Grothe7446.3039

Receiving Leaders

WoffordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bersin2178.5011
Reed11010.0010
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bogan44611.5024
Mitchell6376.209

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWOFUSF
TD09:46Moise Plancher 3 Yd Run (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 07
TD03:00Eric Breitenstein 2 Yd Run (Chris Tommie Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERWOFUSF
TD00:36Theo Wilson 6 Yd Pass From Matt Grothe (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 714
SF00:01Ball Through End Zone 716
THIRD QUARTERWOFUSF
TD10:47Moise Plancher 9 Yd Run (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 723
FG05:51Delbert Alvarado 30 Yd 726
FOURTH QUARTERWOFUSF
TD08:18Lindsey Lamar 13 Yd Run (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 733
TD05:06Jeffrey Wilson 22 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 740