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South Florida Loses Matt Grothe For The Season

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2009

The 2009 hopes for the University of South Florida football team now rest firmly on the arm and legs of quarterback B.J. Daniels.

The Bulls received devastating news on Sunday when they learned that the injury to senior Matt Grothe was a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the dreaded ACL.

Grothe, the all-time leader in Big East offensive yardage, is done for the season.

Daniels, who played the final three minutes of the first half and the entire second half of his team's 59-0 rout of Charleston Southern, is now "the guy."

After Saturday's win, USF coach Jim Leavitt said he would have gladly given up the victory to have not lost Grothe.

"He's incredible, he's special," Leavitt said, paying tribute to the senior who had started 41 games for USF and appeared invincible. "I have kind of a broken heart," Leavitt said somberly.

Grothe compiled 10,875 total yards of offense in his career.

Now Daniels must lead the team, and he did a good job Saturday night as he passed for 149 yards and ran for 105 in his 33 minutes of playing time.

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"I'm confident in my teammates," said Daniels.

Daniels will get a baptism by fire next Saturday when he starts for the Bulls in his hometown of Tallahassee against Florida State.

Florida State was an upset winner Saturday night, beating BYU 54-28.

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