Grothe gets last laugh, late score in 7-6 win
Bulls fans got their first glimpse of Mike Ford on Saturday night, but Matt Grothe got the last laugh.
Grothe's 3-yard sprint to the corner of the end zone with 1:09 to play gave White a 7-6 win over Ford's Green team Saturday night in USF's spring game at Raymond James Stadium.
Ford rushed for 51 yards on one second-half drive, including a 26-yard run where he lowered his shoulder and knocked safety Louis Gachette backwards on the way out of bounds. It marked the first time either team had entered the red zone, and on the next play, he scored from 4 yards out for a 6-0 lead.
One definite negative for the game came when junior Matt Huners, the team's starting left guard, had to be helped off the field with an injury to his left leg. Huners tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he'll have more than four months before USF's season opener against Elon on Sept. 1.
The crowd of 4,310 was about 400 more than last year, and according to Jim Leavitt, the most ever for a spring game at USF. The most encouraging number from Saturday's game? That'd be 180, the number of new season tickets sold during the pregame select-a-seat campaign, easily the most from a spring game, according to USF assistant athletic director Jim Louk.
Oh, and USF has picked up its first commitment for 2008, from Jeff Hawkins, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end from Ocala Vanguard. It's worth noting that his dad's name is Jim Hawkins, but I'm not sure if I can pull off a Treasure Island reference. No Robert Louis Stevenson fans out there?
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