South Florida’s “D” came up with a big stop on fourth- and -one in overtime, and Maikon Bonani kicked his third field goal of the game from 37 yards out as the Bulls won 24-21 in Louisville for the first time in school history. With this overtime win, the Bulls still remain undefeated in the extra session as they are 8-0 in overtime. At the end of regulation, Bonani hit a 52 yard field goal, but first year head coach Charlie Strong called timeout right before Bonani drilled that field goal. Bonani’s second attempt hooked left and was never really close, and the game was tied at 21-21 going into overtime. With this win today, South Florida becomes bowl eligible and they also keep their Big East title hopes alive. The Bulls still need Syracuse and West Virginia to lose, and South Florida has to win their two remaining Big East games, at home against Pitt. and UConn.
South Florida’s offense looked sluggish in the first half, the Bulls only TD before the half came on a 100 yard kickoff return by Lindsey Lamar. USF quarterback B.J. Daniels (11/19 87 yards and 1 TD) struggled most of the game, however early in the 4th quarter Daniels did hook up with his favorite target Dontavia Bogan ( 3 receptions 52 yards) on a 48 yard touchdown pass and that made it 21-14 South Florida. Demetris Murray did add 106 yards on 13 attempts including a 67 yard run that set up Bonani’s second field goal of the game and that would pull the Bulls within one point.
Next game: At home against Pittsburgh on November 20th
State Of The Bulls: With this win against Louisville, the Bulls have won three consecutive games in the conference and are 6-3 overall. South Florida is alive and well for their first Big East title. They need Syracuse to lose a game ( either at Rutgers today or next week at home against UConn. ) and West Virginia has to lose one game as well. UConn is a force at home, just ask West Virginia and Pitt. but the Huskies are vastly different on the road. I’m going with a Syracuse loss in New Jersey against Rutgers. The Mountaineers have three Big East games remaining, road games at Louisville and Pitt. and then home against Rutgers. I’m going with West Virginia losing at Pitt. Will South Florida win out? The fun has just begun. Either way, things are looking up for Skip Holtz and the Bulls in 2010.
About the Author
Written by Brian Joyce
Hi my name is Brian and I currently reside in the Sarasota area. I'm currently an online student with Southern New Hampshire University going for my Bachelor's in Communications. New Hampshire is close to my heart because I got married there in October of 2011. I was an intern with the local ABC station here in Sarasota last summer and it lasted until the winter. I had a blast and loved putting together highlights for the live sportscasts. I have also interned at WSRQ radio in Sarasota. Currently working for State College of Florida with their hoops team and softball team. I was at Tropicana Field, back in October of 2008 when the Rays won the AL. David Price came out of the bullpen that night and got Jed Lowrie to ground out and the dome went nuts! TB had a losing season every year until 2008, it was a magical season for the Rays.