Scores

Final/OT

South Florida 24

(6-3, 2-2 away)

Louisville 21

(5-5, 3-3 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, November 13, 2010

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

1 2 3 4 OT T
USF 0 10 3 8 324
LOU 7 7 0 7 021

Top Performers

Passing: J. Burke (LOU) - 146 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Powell (LOU) - 31 CAR, 140 YDS

Receiving: J. Bellamy (LOU) - 5 REC, 58 YDS, 1 TD

South Florida bowl-eligible again on Maikon Bonani's overtime field goal 

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- South Florida is making a habit of winning by a hair. The Bulls rallied in a nail-biter against Louisville, erasing a two-score deficit as they notched a 24-21 win in overtime on Saturday.

Sophomore kicker Maikon Bonani, who missed what would have been the game-winning field goal in regulation, hit a 37-yard field goal to give South Florida (6-3, 3-2 Big East) bowl eligibility for the sixth straight season.

The Bulls struggled early, falling behind 14-3 in the first half.

But Louisville's mistakes on offense and special teams allowed South Florida to get back into it.

With the game tied at 21 with two seconds left, the Bulls had a chance at victory on a 52-yard Bonani field goal. Louisville coach Charlie Strong twice called time out to ice Bonani, the second time just as he booted one that would have been successful, but was immediately waved off by the officials. Bonani's next attempt was wide to the left.

In the first overtime series, Louisville made it as far as the 4-yard line. With a fourth-and-inches situation, the Cardinals opted to try for the first down instead of a field goal but failed to convert on a quarterback sneak.

After the Bulls' offense ran the ball to the 20-yard line, Bonani easily hit his field goal for the win.

South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels threw for 87 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Demetris Murray added 106 yards rushing.

Louisville reserve quarterback Justin Burke threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns, while senior running back Bilal Powell added 140 yards on the ground -- his sixth triple-digit rushing game this season.

Louisville (5-5, 2-3) saw its first-half lead vanish after the Bulls capitalized on a botched punt and interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
LOU
1st Downs1021
Total Yards259328
Passing87146
Rushing172182
Penalties5-558-63
3rd Down Conversions2-148-18
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers12
Possession27:4532:15

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniels11/19874.610
LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Burke16/301464.931

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray131068.2067
Kelly3258.3020
LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Powell311404.5021
Brown7233.305

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bogan35217.3148
Lamar3113.707
LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bellamy55811.6117
Smith34314.3120

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSFLOU
TD07:30Andrell Smith 20 Yd Pass From Justin Burke. (Chris Philpott Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUSFLOU
FG08:58Maikon Bonani 39 Yd 37
TD02:50Josh Chichester 2 Yd Pass From Justin Burke. (Chris Philpott Kick) 314
TD02:33Lindsey Lamar 100 Yd Kickoff Return. (Maikon Bonani Kick) 1014
THIRD QUARTERUSFLOU
FG11:01Maikon Bonani 22 Yd 1314
FOURTH QUARTERUSFLOU
TD11:43Dontavia Bogan 48 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels. (B.J. Daniels Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2114
TD01:21Josh Bellamy 10 Yd Pass From Justin Burke. (Chris Philpott Kick) 2121
OVERTIMEUSFLOU
FGMaikon Bonani 37 Yd 2421