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
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
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.