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South Florida vs. East Carolina

December 23, 1PM, Birmingham

There's one slice of pizza left and four guys around the table with hungry stares. In many circles that's a problem, but amongst the selfless East Carolina Pirates (7-5), it's nothing. These guys shares rushes (three EC running backs have four TDs) and receptions (six different people caught at least 20 passes), you know sausage and pepperoni aren't much a problem. South Florida QB Matt Grothe probably likes his pie the same way he likes his play-calling—with a lil' bit of everything on it. The '06 Big East Freshman of the Year, the exciting Grothe not only led the Bulls (8-4) in passing but he also paced them in rushing. Too bad Coach Jim Leavitt won't let him taste a few plays on defense. ECU munches on SFU 24-21.

Interesting Facts: East Carolina's last bowl was a thrilling 64-61 double-overtime loss to Marshall in the '02 GMAC Bowl. On the flip, in South Florida's last game of any kind, they shocked then-No.7 West Virginia (in Charleston, WV!) 24-19.