Late TD pushes USF past Texas Tech in Birmingham Bowl

24 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Edward Fernandez
  • USF scores late TD, wins wild Birmingham Bowl over Texas Tech

Texas Tech and South Florida kick off the Birmingham Bowl at noon ET on December 23 in a meeting of teams from the Big 12 and American Athletic Conference.

Shimonek, who had led a fourth-quarter comeback in the regular-season finale against Texas, completed 32 of 59 passes for 416 yards.

Keke Coutee had 11 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown while Justin Stockton ran for 103 yards. Flowers finished the game with 311 yards through the air, 106 yards on the ground thanks to several key scrambles and five touchdowns.

Defensively for USF, junior cornerback Ronnie Hoggins led the team with nine total tackles and eight solo tackles. Sophomore wide receiver Antoine Wesley had the biggest play with a 26-yard reception.

The McCants touchdown capped a wild fourth quarter in which USF outscored Texas Tech 21-10, with Flowers having a role in all three scores. From there the quarterbacks took center stage, with Flowers leading the Bulls on two touchdown drives and Shimonek leading the Red Raiders on one.

Texas Tech's defense started the Birmingham Bowl well.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders couldn't translate a 249-130 edge in first-half yards into an advantage on the scoreboard.

Flowers did not blink, however, and led the Bulls on a 7-play drive that ended with a 26-yard pass to McCants to give the Bulls a 38-34 lead with 16 seconds left in the game.

At the beginning of the second quarter, the Red Raiders defense stopped Flowers from completing two deep throws to force a fourth down that the Bulls could not convert. He broke the mark of 11,431 yards held by Temple's Phillip Walker. But Batson's display of athleticism was impressive nonetheless. McCants 6th touchdown reception of the season.

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At halftime, the game was tied, 10-10.

The Bulls began the half with the ball but Flowers was sacked on second down and fumbled the ball to the Red Raiders' DeMarcus Fields.

Tre King scored on a 4-yard touchdown trot, his five score of the year, to put the Red Raiders up 24-17 with 5:55 left in the quarter.

South Florida: Flowers had a terrific second half after going 4-of-14 passing for 52 yards in the first.

The Red Raiders set up two touchdowns in the third quarter off fumble recoveries, taking a 24-17 lead.

Texas Tech drove into USF territory but only came way with a 33-yard field goal from Hatfield.

There's just something about South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers and the last five or so minutes of a football game.

Late in the third, Texas Tech's defense came up big with a red zone stop forged by Dakota Allen and it's a turnover on downs.

Quinton Flowers did it again at the Birmingham Bowl, launching another winning touchdown throw with a game against a Power 5 team on the line.

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