PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBS) The University of South Florida football program experienced a loss that left every fan, player and supporter speechless Saturday night, and it began with Maikon Bonani’s missed field goal at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime at High Point Solutions Stadium.
B.J Daniels got the ball in his hands first and threw an interception off the hands of tight end Evan Landi to put Rutgers in a good position to win. San San Te nailed the field goal for the Scarlet Knights to get their third Big East conference win of the season and become bowl eligible.
South Florida (4-4, 0-4) has yet to win a conference game and hasn’t had a win since Sept. 24 when they faced UTEP.
With eight minutes left and a 14- point lead, the Bulls gave up a 99-yard kick off return to make it 17-10. Chaz Dodd and the Knights came out on their next offensive drive and marched 80 yards down the field to score on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Rutgers star receiver Mohamed Sanu caught seven passes on the drive and tore apart the USF secondary.
Daniels and the offense got help from an interception by Kayvon Webster late in the fourth, but the Bulls trekked down the field to reach Rutgers’ territory only for Bonani to miss the biggest kick of his USF career.
Skip Holtz and the Bulls made history on Saturday, becoming the first squad to lose four straight games in the program’s 15-year existence. Holtz has never lost four consecutive games during his entire coaching career, which explains how deep of a hole USF is really in.
Bonani can’t be blamed for this loss, because for the first three quarters the offense produced punts, long third down attempts and the defense lost sight of a 14-point lead in the fourth.
Special teams let a man run 99 yards untouched for a score , and overall the Bulls should be concerned about their performance on every side of the ball.