Scores

Final

(13) Kansas 34

(2-1, 0-1 away)

(19) South Florida 37

(3-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

8:00 PM ET, September 12, 2008

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
#13KU 10 10 0 1434
#19USF 0 10 17 1037

Top Performers

Passing: T. Reesing (KU) - 381 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Taylor (USF) - 11 CAR, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Wilson (KU) - 10 REC, 179 YDS, 2 TD

Bonani's boot as time expires lifts No. 19 Bulls over No. 13 Jayhawks 

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- South Florida coach Jim Leavitt had a hunch about Maikon Bonani that turned out to be right.

The freshman's third field goal, a 43-yarder as time expired Friday night, gave the 19th-ranked Bulls a 37-34 victory over No. 13 Kansas in a game both viewed as an opportunity to make a strong case for more national attention.

Bonani, making his college debut, also converted kicks of 34 and 23 yards after missing badly on a 41-yard attempt in the second quarter, justifying Leavitt's decision to use him instead of junior Delbert Alvarado.

Fast Facts

•  Friday's game featured 900 yards of combined total offense - 719 coming through the air.

•  It was South Florida's third win against a ranked opponent in the last two years. Through the program's first 10 years, the Bulls were just 2-8 against ranked opponents and it was also the Bulls' first win against a Big 12 opponent (now 1-3 all-time).

•  The loss snaps Kansas' streak of five straight road wins and drops Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino to 4-9 against ranked teams.

-- ESPN Research

Alvarado, USF's kicker the past two seasons, was 1-for-4 on field goal attempts in the team's first two games.

"I knew it was the right thing to do," Leavitt said. "Maikon's a very good kicker. He certainly showed that tonight."

Matt Grothe threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns for USF (3-0), which overcame a 17-point deficit to take a 34-20 lead before Kansas' Todd Reesing tied the game with two fourth-quarter TD passes.

Reesing had the Jayhawks (2-1) on the move again when safety Nate Allen intercepted a deep throw that would have moved Kansas into field goal range, then returned it 40 yards to the Kansas 27 with 30 seconds remaining.

Bonani kicked the game-winner two plays later.

"He's a great kicker. We saw it in practice," Allen said. "We had confidence in him sitting over there. We didn't think it was going to overtime, and he nailed it."

Grothe won the matchup of undersized quarterbacks who elevated their teams into the national spotlight with TD passes of 21 yards to Taurus Johnson and 37 yards to A.J. Love during an 18-minute stretch in which USF outgained the Jayhawks 346 yards to 15 to climb out of its big hole and take a 34-20 lead.

A week after throwing for a career-best 412 yards against Louisiana Tech, Reesing went 34-of-51 for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnathan Wilson caught two TD passes and finished with nine receptions for 160 yards, while Kerry Meier had 11 catches for 120 yards for Kansas.

"I like the way the kids displayed character and fought back," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "But we put ourselves in that position, so hopefully this is a learning experience."

The Jayhawks and Bulls were two of college football's biggest surprises of 2007, with both climbing as high as No. 2 in the country before dropping out of contention for a spot in the BCS championship game.

This season is about establishing that they can be major players on the national stage for years to come.

Kansas lost for just the second time in 16 games with Reesing as its starting quarterback, the other a neutral-site loss to Missouri. The Jayhawks scored on their first two possessions, building a 10-0 lead, and Reesing's 4-yard TD run made it 20-3 late in the second quarter.

Grothe began USF's comeback with a 28-yard TD run.

Reesing, who looked unstoppable until USF limited Kansas to 9 yards in the third quarter, rallied his team with TD passes of 18 yards to Wilson and 14 yards to Angus Quigley with 5:32 remaining.

"It's a tough loss," Reesing said. "We had all the confidence in the world that we were going to drive down and score [at the end]. ... We had a chance for a big play, and the ball was a little underthrown. The safety made a heck of a play."

Meanwhile, a relieved Leavitt played down the significance of winning the matchup of ranked teams.

"It's so early. I don't think one game makes a season," he said. "Our players have to keep it in perspective."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KU
USF
1st Downs2225
Total Yards434458
Passing373338
Rushing61120
Penalties7-698-50
3rd Down Conversions10-188-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers10
Possession28:1331:47

Passing Leaders

KansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reesing34/513737.331
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grothe32/453387.520

Rushing Leaders

KansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Quigley3227.3020
Crawford4153.808
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor11726.5120
Grothe11302.7128

Receiving Leaders

KansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson1017117.1256
Meier1112010.9026
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Love58316.6137
Johnson78211.7123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKUUSF
TD08:51Jonathan Wilson 36 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 70
FG01:44Jacob Branstetter 30 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERKUUSF
FG09:58Maikon Bonani 34 Yd 103
FG06:53Jacob Branstetter 28 Yd 133
TD03:24Todd Reesing 4 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 203
TD02:14Matt Grothe 28 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2010
THIRD QUARTERKUUSF
FG09:30Maikon Bonani 23 Yd 2013
TD04:22Taurus Johnson 21 Yd Pass From Matt Grothe (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2020
TD01:09Jamar Taylor 13 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2027
FOURTH QUARTERKUUSF
TD13:59A.J. Love 37 Yd Pass From Matt Grothe (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2034
TD09:51Jonathan Wilson 18 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 2734
TD05:32Angus Quigley 14 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 3434
FG00:00Maikon Bonani 43 Yd 3437