Dec. 23, 2006
Benjamin Williams rushed for two first-half touchdowns Saturday to help lead South Florida to a 24-7 victory over
The Bulls (9-4) played the final two quarters of a scoreless second half without quarterback Matt Grothe. The Big East freshman of the year was kicked in the right shin in the second quarter and returned only for the next and final series of the half, but the defense kept turning back
The decade-old program's only previous bowl appearance was a shutout loss in last year's Meineke Car Care Bowl.
The Bulls went 5-for-5 on fourth-down conversions on drives that resulted in 17 points.
Struggling to make a comeback, the Pirates drove inside the
South Florida racked up six sacks, including two after
In the first bowl game at Legion Field since the 1990 Hall of Fame, East Carolina outgained
The Bulls jumped ahead with two touchdowns in the first seven minutes. They kept three scoring drives alive with fourth-down conversions and got an early gift.
East Carolina's James Pinkney couldn't handle a low shotgun snap on the game's second play and
Both quarterbacks came up with big touchdown passes after that. First, Pinkney hit Bobby Good for a 48-yard touchdown on third-and-26. Then, Grothe found Amarri Jackson for a 37-yarder on third-and-10. He returned for one series after being helped off the field but didn't play after that.
Grothe and backup Pat Julmiste were both efficient if not spectacular. Grothe was 6-for-10 for 81 yards. Julmiste was 6-of-8 for 49 yards.
Pinkney finished his college career with an ineffective performance. He completed just eight passes in 25 attempts for 125 yards and took a pounding from the
Good finished with five catches for 116 yards.