USF Gets 2nd Half Boost to Take Victory Over Kansas

September 12, 2008 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Everyone knew this was going to be a great game with #19 South Florida hosting #13 Kansas and while it started out a blowout it ended with a score as time expired.

The USF Bulls struggled badly throughout most of the first half.  They couldn’t get anything going on offense and the defense couldn’t stop Kansas QB Todd Reesing.  The Bulls did not find the end zone until 2:15 left in the 2nd quarter.  They had 73 yards from scrimmage in their first 5 drives before the score. That score made it 20-10 after being down 20-3.  From then on the Bulls owned the end of the half and the entire 3rd quarter.

The Bulls had 297 yards from scrimmage since their scoring drive through the end of the 3rd quarter and Kansas only had 1 yard from scrimmage in that same span. The score at the end of the 3rd was 27-20, the Bulls were leading.

The Bulls went on to score another TD to take a 34-20 lead before Kansas QB Reesing made a few toss up completions, one a TD, making the score 34-27. Kansas then drove down the field, headed by a first down conversion on a 3rd and 21 after Geroge Selvie got his first sack of the season. Kansas scored on both of their first two possesions in the 4th, totally 132 yards from scrimmage.

The Bulls then got the ball at their own 20 with 5:32 left in the 4th and a 34-34 tie. Grothe was leading the team to what looked like a scoring drive until he took off to run on 2nd down and threw the ball while being inches past the line of scrimmage. It was a penalty for a loss of downs and 5 yards. The Bulls couldn’t convert and punter Delbert Alvarado pinned them to their own 7 with 1:54 left in the game.

Greesing proceeded to drive the Jayhawks down the field for the victory but ended up throwing an interception to Nate Allen that he ran 40 yards to the 27 yard line with 30 seconds left. The Bulls ran one play and called a timeout with 2 seconds left. Freshman kicker Maikon Bonani, making his first appearance after Alvarado was dropped from kicking, lined up for a 43 yard field goal for the win. He missed a 41 yarder ealrier but made two others. The snap came and he became an instant hero. Bulls win, Bulls win!

What a game!


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