Notes: With 5 FGs, Bonani gets Big East honor
USF senior Maikon Bonani, who set a school record with five field goals in Saturday's 37-36 loss to Syracuse, was honored Monday as the Big East's Special Teams Player of the Week.
Bonani, whose kicks included a season-long 47-yarder, had the most points (18) scored by a Big East kicker in any game this season. His 5-for-5 effort came after he had gone 6-for-8 on field goals over the first seven games of the season. His previous career high had been three field goals, accomplished seven times in his four years as the Bulls' kicker.
NO-SHOWS: The announced attendance for Saturday's game -- based on tickets distributed -- was 38,562, but the actual turnstile attendance for USF's annual homecoming game was just 23,833, according to the Tampa Sports Authority. That's a difference of nearly 15,000 tickets, suggesting that nearly 40 percent of the tickets distributed weren't used at the game.
LEAVING EARLY: USF coach Skip Holtz has taken great pride in the way his players have battled to the final second during the team's six-game losing streak, so he was disappointed to find out Monday that a few Bulls players left the field before Saturday's final play, a kickoff from Louisville with three seconds left.
"It bothers me, very much so," Holtz said Monday on the Big East's weekly teleconference. "We're playing this game, we all want to win, but we've all talked about having character and dignity and doing this thing the right way as well. ... You have to have some class and dignity, not only when you lose but when you win as well. I think some of these lessons are hard lessons."