Matt Grothe passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, Mo Plancher rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and USF used 21 second-half points to beat the Hilltoppers 35-13 on Saturday night in Western Kentucky.

Grothe, who also had 53 yards rushing, became the Big East’s all-time yards leader, passing former West Virginia quarterback Pat White.

USF  got on the board when Plancher rushed it in from 1 yard out on a late first quarter drive that was keyed by a 50-yard pass play from Grothe to Carlton Mitchell.  Plancher now has four rushing touchdown in two games.

In the second quarter, Grothe connected with receiver Theo Wilson for a 14-yard touchdown pass, which put USF up 14-3.  B.J. Daniels, Grothe’s backup, had a seven yard touchdown run in the third, but Western Kentucky kept it close, scoring a touchdown on a 15-yard run by Marell Booker to make it 21-13 after three quarters.

Grothe connected with tight end Ben Busbee for a 17 yard touchdown pass and Plancher broke a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

-Phil Neary

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