Scores

Final

Rutgers 49

(5-5, 2-3 away)

South Florida 16

(6-4, 3-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 0 21 14 1449
USF 0 10 6 016

Top Performers

Passing: M. Teel (RUTG) - 294 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Martinek (RUTG) - 21 CAR, 98 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Britt (RUTG) - 8 REC, 173 YDS, 1 TD

Rutgers on four-game win streak with rout over USF

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Teel threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns to help surging Rutgers rout South Florida 49-16 on Saturday for the Scarlet Knights' fourth consecutive victory.

Kenny Britt had his fourth straight 100-yard game receiving, scoring on a 93-yard pass play early in the fourth quarter. Rutgers (5-5, 4-2 Big East) also forced six turnovers to hand USF (6-4, 1-4) its fourth loss in five games.

Britt finished with eight receptions for 173 yards. It was his sixth 100-yard performance of the season, 12th overall -- moving him into third place on the career conference list for 100-yard games behind Larry Fitzgerald (14) and Antonio Bryant (13).

Jason McCourty returned one of his two interceptions 30 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and the Scarlet Knights recovered three fumbles -- all in Rutgers territory -- to frustrate Matt Grothe and the rest of USF's offense.

Grothe, one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks, completed 28 of 43 passes for 292 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for a team-best 50 yards on 13 carries, but hurt his team with three interceptions.

The Scarlet Knights beat the Bulls for the third straight season. Rutgers won 22-20 in Tampa two years ago when South Florida had a failed two-point conversion in the closing seconds, and took another close one in 2007, prevailing 30-27 at home when USF was ranked second in the country.

Rutgers' four-game winning streak is the longest in the Big East and has revived a season that looked bleak when the Scarlet Knights stumbled to a 1-5 start. One of the biggest differences has been turnovers: Rutgers has forced 13 in its five victories compared to none in its five losses.

It's been much the same story for South Florida, which has not only dropped out of the Top 25 but also plummeted to near the bottom of the Big East after a 5-0 start in which Grothe did a nice job of protecting the football.

The junior was intercepted three times in USF's first seven games. He's thrown eight in the past three games, including two within a span of three passes in the second quarter Saturday.

McCourty returned the second interception 30 yards for a score that put Rutgers up 14-3. Grothe countered by leading an eight-play, 67-yard drive that Benjamin Williams finished with a 5-yard TD run, however that was as close at USF would come to making it a game.

Teel directed TD drives on four of Rutgers' next five possessions to build a 42-16 lead early in the fourth quarter. All of his TD passes came during that stretch -- a 2-yarder to Jack Corcoran, 28-yarder to Shamar Graves, and the one that Britt turned into the longest reception of his career.

The Rutgers receiver caught the ball at his 40, where he bounced off lunging defender Jerome Murphy and continued up the right side of the field to the end zone. Joe Martinek added a 2-yard TD run in the closing minutes, finishing with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Teel completed 18 of 29 passes and was intercepted twice.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RUTG
USF
1st Downs2025
Total Yards421404
Passing294328
Rushing12776
Penalties5-5010-100
3rd Down Conversions10-146-12
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers26
Possession32:4827:12

Passing Leaders

RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Teel18/2929410.132
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grothe28/432926.813

Rushing Leaders

RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martinek21984.7226
Young6366.0018
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grothe13503.8023
Williams4123.015

Receiving Leaders

RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Britt817321.6193
Underwood44912.3020
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hester1011011.0022
Williams55911.8020

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERRUTGUSF
TD13:25Mike Teel 3 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 70
FG10:15Maikon Bonani 22 Yd 73
TD05:21Jason McCourty 30 Yd Interception Return (San San Te Kick) 143
TD02:59Benjamin Williams 5 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 1410
TD00:26Jack Corcoran 2 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 2110
THIRD QUARTERRUTGUSF
TD09:44Joe Martinek 1 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 2810
TD06:53Taurus Johnson 10 Yd Pass From Matt Grothe (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2816
TD00:26Shamar Graves 28 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 3516
FOURTH QUARTERRUTGUSF
TD12:57Kenny Britt 93 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 4216
TD03:32Joe Martinek 2 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 4916