South Florida at Louisville

South Florida 24, Louisville 21, OT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -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 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 head 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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Scoring Summary
LOUAndrell Smith 20 yd pass from Justin Burke (Chris Philpott kick)
SFLMaikon Bonani 39 yd FG
LOUJosh Chichester 2 yd pass from Justin Burke (Chris Philpott kick)
SFLLindsey Lamar 100 yd kick return (Maikon Bonani kick)
SFLMaikon Bonani 22 yd FG
SFLDontavia Bogan 48 yd pass from B.J. Daniels (B.J. DANIELS 2pt run)
LOUJosh Bellamy 10 yd pass from Justin Burke (Chris Philpott kick)
SFLMaikon Bonani 37 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1021
Third Down Efficiency2-148-18
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-2
Plays-Net Yards58-25980-328
Passing Yds87146
Kick Return Yds141128
Punt Return Yds-2-3
Time of Poss.27:4532:15
Individual Stats
SFL: Demetris Murray 13-106, Richard Kelly 3-25, Bradley Battles 3-21, Moise Plancher 9-18, Faron Hornes 1-3, B.J. Daniels 9-0, Lindsey Lamar 1--1
LOU: Bilal Powell 31-140, Dominique Brown 7-23, Jeremy Wright 5-18, Victor Anderson 2-2, Justin Burke 3-1, Blayne Donnell 1--2
SFL: B.J. Daniels 11-19-87-0
LOU: Justin Burke 16-30-146-1, Dominique Brown 0-1-0-1
SFL: Dontavia Bogan 3-52, Lindsey Lamar 3-11, Stephen Bravo-Brown 1-8, Evan Landi 1-5, Demetris Murray 1-5, Kevin Gidrey 1-4, Richard Kelly 1-2
LOU: Josh Bellamy 5-58, Andrell Smith 3-43, Bilal Powell 2-2, Damian Copeland 1-15, Doug Beaumont 1-9, Blayne Donnell 1-8, Jeremy Wright 1-6, Cameron Graham 1-3, Josh Chichester 1-2

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