South Florida's Upset Of Auburn Is a Shocker

Monday, September 10, 2007

Over the past two years, South Florida has earned upsets against West Virginia and Louisville, but the victory that will resonate the most across the country occurred Saturday night, when the Bulls achieved a 26-23 overtime win against Auburn, a traditional Southeastern Conference power.

"I grew up in the South, so this win was bigger because I had never played or coached against Auburn," South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt said after the game. "This is special for me because of where I was raised."

The Bulls overcame a poor kicking performance by Delbert Alvarado, who missed four field goal attempts in the second half, to earn the most significant victory in the 11-year history of the program. With critical games against West Virginia and Louisville at home, South Florida looks like a serious contender in the Big East.

Boise State and Texas Christian both lost Saturday, which leaves Hawaii as the non-BCS team with the best chance to earn a BCS bowl berth. The Warriors rallied from a three-point deficit in the final three minutes to win a 45-44 overtime shootout at Louisiana Tech.

For the second straight week, quarterback Colt Brennan amassed gaudy statistics by throwing for 548 yards and four touchdowns. But Brennan and his Heisman hopes likely would have been vanquished had Louisiana Tech converted a two-point conversion in overtime to win the game.

Hawaii's opponent next week, UNLV, nearly pulled off the biggest shocker Saturday as a four-touchdown underdog against Wisconsin. UNLV held a one-point lead with two minutes to play only to watch Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan score the game-winning touchdown on a 29-yard bootleg.

-- Eric Prisbell

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