The USF football team has surpassed elite company by becoming the only team in college football to ever achieve three overtime victories in one season. Besides the Bulls, there have been 11 teams that have participated in three overtimes in a season, but only four of those teams have won twice.
Teams on the list that could not manage a perfect overtime record include Ole’ Miss, North Carolina State, Wisconsin and USC. No team in college football history has gone to four overtimes in one season.
Hicks’ record-setting day
Elgin Hicks, with the help of three quarterbacks, has etched his named in the USF record books. With a school-record three touchdowns in Saturday’s game, Hicks now has seven receiving touchdowns this season, surpassing former wideouts Scott McCready and R.J. Anderson, who both had five. Hicks has become freshman Pat Julmiste’s favorite end zone receiver; the young quarterback has thrown two of his three touchdown passes to Hicks.
Gramatica all-time scoring leader
The Gramaticas are keeping it in the family. In Saturday’s victory, Santiago Gramatica passed his brother Bill as USF’s all-time leading scorer. Going into the game, Santiago was five points behind his brother, but after eight points the junior surpassed Bill by three, giving him 196 career points. USF coach Jim Leavitt has been involved with all of the Gramaticas’ college careers; Leavitt coached the Tampa Bay Bucs’ Martin Gramatica when he was an assistant at Kansas State.
USF’s leading receiver, Huey Whittaker, has blocked as many kicks as he has had receptions in the past two games. After not catching a pass in last week’s game against Cincinnati while blocking a kick, Whittaker only caught two passes against East Carolina, but came up with the game-winning block in double overtime against the Pirates.