COL FB: South Fla. 26, Aububrn 23 (OT)

Sept. 9, 2007 at 10:30 AM

AUBURN, Ala., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Matt Grothe threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jessie Hester in overtime Saturday night as South Florida stunned 13th-ranked Auburn, 26-23.

The heavily-favored Tigers trailed, 14-3, after the first quarter, but led, 17-14, heading in the the third as they out-scored the inspired Bulls, 14-0.

USF sent the contest into the extra period when Delbert Alvarado kicked an 18-yard field goal with less than a minute left in regulation.

In OT, Grothe's heroics, on a 4th-and-1 at the Tigers' 16, followed a 39-yard field goal by Auburn's Wes Byrum.

Grothe, who also ran for a score, was 18-of-27 passing for 184 yards, and Mike Ford scored once on 21 carries for 74 yards as USF improved to 2-0.

Auburn's Brandon Cox went 16-of-35 for 165 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Mario Fannin rushed for a touchdown on 14 carries for 62 yards, and Ben Tate added 61 yards on 13 carries as the Tigers fell to 1-1.

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