7:00 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Raymond James Stadium, TAMPA, FL
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- South Florida made its first Conference USA home game an auspicious one.
Santiago Gramatica booted a 26-yard field goal in the second overtime as the Bulls posted a 31-28 victory over previously unbeaten Louisville.
South Florida (3-1, 2-0 C-USA) won its conference opener last week at Army, 28-7. Hosting its first game in its new league at Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls got a one-yard touchdown run by Clenton Crossley on fourth down with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, 21-21.
Louisville had taken a 21-14 lead on Michael Bush's five-yard TD pass to quarterback Stefan LeFors with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter.
Each team traded touchdowns in the first overtime and South Florida linebacker Devon Davis came up with a big play by intercepting LeFors on Louisville's possession in the second overtime. The Bulls picked up one first down before Gramatica came on to kick the game-winner.
Louisville (4-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss in the first meeting between the schools. It also was the first loss for coach Bobby Petrino.
LeFors completed 19-of-39 passes for 267 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Cardinals rushed for 187 yards, including a 67-yard TD run by Lionel Gates in the first quarter.
South Florida's Ronnie Banks completed 26-of-47 passes for 256 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
|3rd Down Conversions||6-20||4-16|
|4th Down Conversions||3-4||2-3|
|TD||13:47||LIONEL GATES 67 YD RUN (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:43||HUEY WHITTAKER 13 YD PASS FROM RONNIE BANKS (SANTIAGO GRAMATICA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||4:22||DEJUAN GREEN 5 YD RUN (SANTIAGO GRAMATICA KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||10:15||RICHARD OWENS 4 YD PASS FROM STEFAN LEFORS (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||8:19||STEFAN LEFORS 5 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL BUSH (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||0:10||CLENTON CROSSLEY 1 YD RUN (SANTIAGO GRAMATICA KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||0:00||BRIAN FISHER 2 YD RUN (SANTIAGO GRAMATICA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||0:00||STEFAN LEFORS 1 YD RUN (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 25 yards.
|FG||0:00||SANTIAGO GRAMATICA 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 16 yards.