Friday, September 12, 2008

Game Fifteen:Kansas at USF

A pair of top 20 teams going at it in Tampa tonight. And in the first half it was really all Kansas.

The Bulls didn't have anyone who could stay with Wilson for KU and Todd Reesing had a very nice first half.

Matt Grothe got the Bulls back in the game with a big touchdown run right before the end of the half. So USF has a chance to try to rally at home.

This is the type of loss that is really going to further hurt the Big East if Kansas holds on. I was discussing with someone earlier tonight how the woes of the ACC have kinda taken some of the heat off the Big East thus far this year. But the Big East is going to have to pick it up soon or the heat will be coming.

While this good game is going on, Baylor and Washington State are also playing. Truly, they maybe fighting it out for the worst team in college football title. And it would be deserved. Both of those teams have some problems.

USF had a nice drive there at the start of the second half, but went down the field and didn't score the touchdown. Now Maikon Bonani slammed one through, and its back to a touchdown game. So the Bulls have a chance.

What an absolute great finish to this game. South Florida seized control by scoring 31 straight points to take a 34-20. But Kansas wasn't done and roared back to tie it at 34. Then after the Jayhawks stopped USF, it seemed as if they would get the last opportunity to win it in regulation, but an interception set up freshman Maikon Bonani's game-winning field goal at the horn to give USF a 37-34 win.

It was the second straight week that USF led a 14-point fourth quarter lead slip away only to rally for the victory.

Both Matt Grothe and KU qb Todd Reesing were phenomenal. They combined for 711 yards passing and five scores. But it was Reesing's interception late, that may have proved to be the difference between the two.

Reesing also had the receiving exploits on Jonathan Wilson working for him. Wilson caught 10 balls for 171 and 2 touchdowns and never seemed to have a dark jersey around him. That was a tremendous effort by him.

So of the fifteen games, I've watched this year, I guess I've got to replace the Ole Miss/Wake Forest game with this one at the top.

One last thing, does this make South Florida the favorite in the Big East? Certainly, I think it leaves them as the only Big East team worthy of any possible national title talk at the end of the season. But certainly nine wins are needed before that is really heavy in the discussion. They travel to Florida International and NC State before starting conference play in October.

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