AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - South Florida has pulled another big upset. Jessie Hester caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Grothe to lift South Florida to a 26-23 overtime win over 17th-ranked Auburn.
Auburn freshman Wes Byrum made a 39-yard field goal to start overtime before Grothe took over. He ran three times, including a sneak on fourth-and-1. Then, on the next play he hit Hester behind the defense for the game-winner.
South Florida had pulled off upsets of highly ranked West Virginia and Louisville in the past two seasons. It won for the first time in five tries against Southeastern Conference teams.
Grothe made sure the Bulls didn't have to turn to struggling kicker Delbert Alvarado in overtime. He had missed four attempts in the second half.
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