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Bulls kicker earns Big East honor

TRADITION: The pregame run through the smoke at Miami home games, which dates to the 1950s, is undergoing an evolution as players are symbolically linking arms and strolling through the cloud.

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TRADITION: The pregame run through the smoke at Miami home games, which dates to the 1950s, is undergoing an evolution as players are symbolically linking arms and strolling through the cloud.

USF senior Maikon Bonani, who set a school record with five field goals in Saturday's 37-36 loss to Syracuse, on Monday was named Big East special teams player of the week.

Bonani, whose kicks included a season-long 47-yarder, had the most points (18) by a Big East kicker in a game this season. His 5-for-5 effort came after he had gone 6-for-8 on field goals over the first seven games. 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 Saturday, based on tickets distributed, was 38,562, but the actual turnstile attendance for USF's annual homecoming game was 23,833, according to the Tampa Sports Authority. That suggests 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 a six-game losing streak, so he was disappointed to find out Monday that a few Bulls left the field before Saturday's final play, a kickoff 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."

UM: Smoke signals

CORAL GABLES — The moment is almost trademarked by the University of Miami.

Running from locker room and through the smoke is an indelible image dating to the glory years at the Orange Bowl. But there was a twist to the tradition before the Oct. 20 loss to Florida State.

The run became a walk. The adrenaline explosion gave way to a touch of symbolism. The team strolled arm-in-arm as the white cloud rose from the inflated helmet.

"We did that because we wanted to show we were together as one unit," junior DE Shayon Green said. "Things were just different for that. It brought us closer together as one."

Junior CB Kacy Rodgers II said the change was a group decision.

"It came from the top down," he said. "Some of the older guys pitched in and some of the younger guys pitched in collectively as a team and we decided to do it."

Green said they'll "more than likely" do it again before the 7:30 p.m. Thursday game with Virginia Tech. The smoke tradition began in the 1950s, according to the official UM website, and became synonymous with the 'Canes as the program rose into a national power in the '80s.


FSU: Goals in sight

TALLAHASSEE — Although ninth-ranked Florida State is likely out of the national title picture, the Seminoles head into their bye week with most of their preseason goals at hand if they can avoid being upset a second time.

FSU likely lost its chance at getting to the BCS championship game when it blew a 16-point halftime lead at North Carolina State this month. But the Seminoles have rebounded with three ACC straight wins, outscoring their opponents 132-34 in those games.

And thanks to North Carolina's win last weekend over North Carolina State, the Seminoles have been handed a second chance at winning the ACC championship and a BCS trip to the Orange Bowl, albeit most likely on New Year's Day.

"Now that we're back on that pedestal, we have to take advantage of it," junior S Lamarcus Joyner said. "We need this to get our minds right and come back together and play what's out there for us."

Associated Press

Up next

UF: vs. Missouri, noon Saturday. TV: ESPN2

FSU: at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. TV: ESPN

USF: vs. UConn, 7 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPNU

Miami: vs. Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. TV: ESPN

UCF: vs. SMU, 7 p.m. Saturday. TV: CBS Sports Network

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