October 13, 2007

Grothe is Knight slayer

While many observers remain amazed by the highlight-reel plays Matt Grothe produces weekly for the USF Bulls, his teammates - to a man - say it's all in a day's work for the sophomore quarterback. Grothe's day's work against UCF on Saturday produced more than 300 yards of total offense and four touchdowns - in less than three quarters.

"He can do it all - he can run, he can throw. He can make plays. He's a playmaker. Nothing Matt does surprises me anymore," said WR Taurus Johnson, who contributed six receptions for 83 yards and two scores.

Against UCF, Grothe became just the second USF quarterback to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games. He bobbed, weaved and powered his way to 100 yards on 16 carries vs. the Knights, following up on his 14-carry, 120-yard performance a week ago at FAU. That put Grothe in lofty company, matching Marquel Blackwell, who ran 132 yards at Baylor and 113 yards against Troy State in back-to-back outings during the 2000 season.

Grothe is also making a habit of feasting on UCF. In two career games against the Knights, Grothe has passed for 514 yards, rushed for 173 and accounted for seven touchdowns.

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