USF ranks as 27th after win at Auburn

By Priscilla Mader, Tiffany Talley

TAMPA, Fla. – On last Saturday, it was a fight to the finish. With over 80,000 screaming fans on the edges of their seats, University of South Florida (USF) won in an overtime battle against Auburn with a score of 26-23.

“This is my all time favorite win because it happened on my birthday,” said USF quarterback Matt Grothe.

To Grothe and many other players and fans, it indeed was an unforgettable game ending with the USF Bulls scoring during the final minutes with a 14-yard touchdown made by Jesse Hester.

According to St. Petersburg Times, “Grothe converted a fourth-and-1 in overtime, then found Hester wide-open to give the Bulls their third win against a ranked team in as many years.”

USF coach Jim Leavitt said to the St. Petersburg Times,  ‘It’s going to give us confidence.”

With this big win in place, USF still ranks as 27th on the coaches poll with Auburn remaining as 26th.

Keith Gray, a USF mentor of the College of Business Administration feels shafted. “It was a big win for us. It is tough to play in front of 80,000 people. We should be in the top 25. Hawaii is there, why can’t we be?”

However, Devon Grady, a junior and biology major at USF feels the ranking isn’t important at this point. “We will really get the ranking we deserve after we beat University of North Carolina.”

According to, it may be good that the Bulls are off this week. They get to rest and get ready for visits from North Carolina on Sept. 22 and West Virginia on Sept. 28


8 Responses to “USF ranks as 27th after win at Auburn”

  1. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    I liked this one, but i saw some cliches in it. i think they picked out good quotes to compliment the story and I also like the ending.

  2. Courtney Herrig Says:

    I like the imagery you create in the first paragraph – 80,000 screaming fans. You carry that through in Keith Gray’s quote. Nice use of technique.

  3. Courtney Allen Says:

    This article flows very well. The second sentence in the lead tells a lot about what the story is going to be about. The conclusion was good because it lets readers know what’s happening next.

  4. Christine Wolstenholme Says:

    It was a good story because it was brief but the point still got across. A few grammer errors though.

  5. Natalie G. Says:

    I like that it is short and concise, well focused.

  6. Mari Muzzi Says:

    I agree about the imagery of the lead. The story is well focused and it has some good quotes.

  7. Eric Moeller Says:

    I like the imagery created in the lede, but I don’t know if it works for this story. If the story is supposed to be about USF not being ranked, than that information should be higher up. Good quotes too, especially the one about Grothe’s birthday.

  8. Shantrell Says:

    I love the lead. It was very well written….GREAT JOB!!!!! =)

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