November 5, 2006
Offensive breakdown; Amarri Jackson Q&A
OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Key Matchup: Seasoned veteran quarterback Tyler Palko vs. freshman Matt Grothe. Grothe outplayed Palko who, coming into the game, was one of the nation's leaders in passing efficiency. Grothe had a better completion percentage (19-for-25) and threw only two interceptions compared to Palko's three. Grothe scored two key touchdowns and Palko's only score came in garbage time.
Offensive Turning Point: It was the third quarter and Pitt had just kicked a field goal to close within one score of USF at 14-6. Grothe dropped back and saw Amarri Jackson covered man-to-man on the outside. Grothe hit Jackson on the post for a 46-yard score that salted the game away.
Offensive Key Stats: Grothe (19-25) and Pat Julmiste (1-1) combined to complete 77-percent of their throws. Not only that, but the two quarterbacks combined for 286 of USF's 379 total yards.
Offensive surprise: Justin Teachey not once but twice converted fourth down fake punts. Teachey ran one to the right and one to the left, gaining a total of 24 yards. He finished the first half as USF's leading ground gainer. Both conversions led to points.
Offensive Assessment: The offense was effective early, but had several dry spells. Grothe was his efficient and versatile self again, passing for 180 yards and rushing 12 times for 54 yards. However, he threw two interceptions and must cut down on his turnovers in the next few weeks.
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