Grothe was motivated by phone threat
USF quarterback Matt Grothe was able to joke after Saturday's game about UCF fans finding his cellphone number and bombarding him with calls, voicemail and text messages, but the rivalry antics went a step too far when a caller made a threatening call to the cellphone of his father, Matt Grothe Sr.
The Bulls took it seriously enough that Grothe's family watched the game flanked by some of the uniformed officers who provide security for USF's team on the road. Grothe said he was aware of the threat before the game and used it for motivation in the Bulls' final scheduled game against the Knights.
"I knew it all. I knew my dad had gotten a call, and I think it helped a little with my motivation," he said. "Normally I get a little bit of jitters before the game, but I was just ready to go out there and play some football, take care of business."
Grothe threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 54 yards, earning Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors. He said the threats were the kind of actions that make him glad the Bulls aren't playing UCF anymore.
"There's a certain extent to where you can joke around about something, but you don't do that, especially since you can't win a football game against us," Grothe said. "I don't like that school. It's one of the reasons I'm glad we're not playing anymore, because we're off to bigger and better things, teams that can hopefully say they're more of a rival."