Bulls karma: Grothe on Jim Rome Tuesday
Another sign of the national exposure from USF's 37-34 win Friday against then-No. 13 Kansas: Quarterback Matt Grothe will be a guest on Jim Rome's national radio show -- on 620 AM in Tampa -- at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Grothe threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns Friday, running for a third score in rallying the Bulls from a 20-3 deficit for the biggest comeback in the program's history. USF coach Jim Leavitt was on Rome's show last season as the Bulls rose to No. 2 in the national rankings.
RECORD NIGHT: Friday's game had 64 fans ejected, exceeding the previous high for a USF home game, 57, set in last year's sellout against West Virginia. The game also had nine arrests, and USF executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis said the school continues to ask all fans to follow the school's sportsmanship campaign this fall and "Be Respect-a-Bull."
"We are concerned anytime that the experience of our fans, or that of a visiting team's fans, is ruined by the behavior of others," McGillis said. "We know that the vast majority of our fans are terrific; they are there to enjoy a great environment and to cheer for the Bulls - while also being gracious to our visitors. ... Unfortunately, there are always a few too many who for whatever reason don't get it and choose to be disruptive."
For comparison, the Florida-Miami game in Gainesville had 121 ejections and 50 arrests, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
STILL AVAILABLE: Saturday's game at Florida International is the grand opening of FIU's new stadium, but the game is still not sold out, despite a capacity of just 18,000.
FIU said Monday that USF had returned about 840 tickets from its allotment, believed to be 2,500 tickets; USF had kept some tickets that were still available Monday night. FIU has only made tickets for the game available by purchasing season tickets.