TAMPA, Fla. -- Dave Teggart had four field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder with 17 seconds to play, as Connecticut clinched the Big East's automatic Bowl Championship Series berth Saturday night with a 19-16 victory against South Florida.
Lawrence Wilson had an interception return for a touchdown and Teggart kicked three field goals, including one from 50 yards early in the fourth, to put Connecticut (8-4, 5-2) up 16-6.
Two plays after South Florida linebacker Sam Barrington recovered a fumble by Jordan Todman at the UConn 30, Bobby Eveld pulled the Bulls within 16-13 on a 28-yard TD pass to Dontavia Bogin 6 1/2 minutes into the fourth.
Maikon Bonani knotted it at 16 on his 22-yard kick with 1:16 left to complete an 11-play, 74-yard drive.
UConn, which won five straight conference games after starting 0-2 in league play, went 2-4 on the road this year. Todman, who came in averaging 148.1 yards rushing a game this season, picked up 93 yards on 33 carries.
Eveld started for South Florida (7-5, 3-4) in place of B.J. Daniels, who hurt his right leg during a 23-20 overtime win on Nov. 27 at Miami. The freshman went 22 for 41 for 195 yards, with a touchdown pass and three interceptions.
Daniels has a combined 13 passing and rushing touchdowns this season.
South Florida took a 3-0 lead on its first possession when Bonani made a 42-yard field goal. Teggart tied it at 3 on his 40-yard field goal nine minutes into the game.
The Huskies went up 10-3 when Wilson returned a deflected pass 55 yards for a touchdown with 1:11 left in the second. It came one play after South Florida's Jon Lejiste stopped a UConn drive with an interception at the South Florida 7.
Teggart extended the Huskies' advantage to 13-3 with a 22-yard field goal midway through the third. Bonani cut the Bulls' deficit to 13-6 late in the third on his successful kick from 38 yards out.
South Florida lost for the second time in its last six games.
Bulls coach Skip Holtz coached at Connecticut from 1994-98, when the Huskies were an NCAA Division I-AA program with plans to go to Division I.
|Connecticut kicker Dave Teggart, left, celebrates with holder Chad Christen after kicking the game-winning 52-yard field goal. (AP)|
|SFL||Maikon Bonani 42 yd FG|
|CT||Dave Teggart 40 yd FG|
|CT||Lawrence Wilson 55 yd interception return (Dave Teggart kick)|
|CT||Dave Teggart 22 yd FG|
|SFL||Maikon Bonani 38 yd FG|
|CT||Dave Teggart 50 yd FG|
|SFL||Dontavia Bogan 28 yd pass from Bobby Eveld (Maikon Bonani kick)|
|SFL||Maikon Bonani 22 yd FG|
|CT||Dave Teggart 52 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-17||6-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||97||146|
|Punt Return Yds||8||18|
|Time of Poss.||30:30||29:30|
|CT: Jordan Todman 33-93, Robbie Frey 2-16, Zach Frazer 3-11|
|SFL: Moise Plancher 15-59, Demetris Murray 9-48, Bobby Eveld 5-29, Dontavia Bogan 1-5, Marcus Shaw 1--3|
|CT: Zach Frazer 13-29-112-1|
|SFL: Bobby Eveld 22-41-195-3|
|CT: Michael Smith 6-58, Ryan Griffin 3-21, Robbie Frey 1-18, Kashif Moore 1-18, Isiah Moore 1-5, Jordan Todman 1--8|
|SFL: Dontavia Bogan 7-70, Evan Landi 4-40, Kevin Gidrey 3-43, Moise Plancher 3-12, Lindsey Lamar 2-10, Joel Miller 1-14, Faron Hornes 1-5, Stephen Bravo-Brown 1-1|