Bulls get team honor; Allen is conference defensive player of the week

With their 26-23 overtime win at Auburn, the USF Bulls (2-0) were named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 8.

Jesse Hester Jr. caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Grothe in the extra session to finish off the upset as the Bulls improved to 6-0 all-time in overtime games. The win was also the first for USF over an SEC opponent.

"I am proud of the battling we did," head coach Jim Leavitt said after the game. "It was a big win for us."

Grothe completed 18-of-27 passes for 184 yards and Delbert Alvarado twice tied the game with fourth-quarter field goals, including an 18-yarder with 55 seconds left in regulation.

Additionally, Nate Allen was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week after filling up the stat sheet against the Tigers.

Allen led a USF defense that forced five turnovers.

He had a hand in three of the turnovers as he intercepted a pass in the second quarter, recovered a fumble on the Tigers’ opening drive of the third quarter and forced a fumble later in the third.

He added seven tackles, including six solo stops, with a pass breakup.

It is the first Player of the Week honor of his career and the first of the season for USF. Matt Grothe was named to the Big East Honor Roll, an honor that was also bestowed upon George Selvie last week.