Saturday, November 13, 2010
Bulls exorcise another demon
By Brian Bennett
How about those streak-busting South Florida Bulls?
Another monkey is off the program's back, as the Bulls won for the first time ever in Louisville, snatching a 24-21 overtime victory. The Cardinals gambled on 4th-and-one in the first overtime possession, but the USF defense stuffed the quarterback-sneak attempt. Then Maikon Bonani, who missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt at the end of regulation, drilled the game-winning 37-yarder.
That's three straight wins for USF, which is now bowl eligible. The Bulls host Pitt next week and control their own destiny; if they win out, they're going to a BCS game.
What a job in his first year by Skip Holtz to get this team to this point, especially after a very shaky start to the year. He is now very much in the discussion for coach of the year honors in the Big East.
Louisville will look back on this one and regret two second-half interceptions deep in Bulls territory, plus Charlie Strong's gamble in overtime. The Cardinals now have three losses in conference play, making their league title chances extremely difficult.