USF scores late TD, wins wild Birmingham Bowl over Texas Tech

Beth Cruz
December 24, 2017

INJURY REPORT: Justin Stockton (concussion) is probable for Texas Tech today, while Derrick Willies (disciplinary) is questionable and D.J. Polite-Bray (disciplinary) is out for the year.

The second came on a perfectly time wheel route that got past the Red Raiders' defense.

But the Texas Tech defense, as its done all season, came up with a big play to start off the third quarter.

Then South Florida marches down the field, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman.

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.

After seeing USF quarterback Quinton Flowers break several tackles, Red Raiders rush linebacker Kolin Hill forced a fumble that was recovered by DaMarcus Field at the Bulls 28-yard line.

Texas Tech continued to pile up the yards but the South Florida defense kept the Red Raiders out of the end zone and off the scoreboard in the second quarter.

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

Flowers ended his day with an MVP performance with 311 passing yards and four touchdowns and 106 rushing yards.

On offense for Texas Tech, it should be another lethal passing attack led by former Iowa transfer Nic Shimonek.

Both teams were penalized 10 times, with Texas Tech flagged for 107 yards and South Florida for 100.

South Florida answers right back, Flowers to Darnell Salomon on the 17 yard score.

Two of Texas Tech's best weapons were on full display against South Florida.

Flowers threw a 64-yard touchdown bomb to Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

Key Play: Flowers' fumble on the second play of the half.

How will things transpire in the Magic City as USF squares off against the Red Raiders? It's a low scoring affair in the first half with a 10-10 halftime score.

But the Red Raiders left Flowers and the Bulls too much time to strike back, and strike back they most certainly did.

The Bulls held Texas Tech to a three-and-out following the turnover on downs and began the ensuing possession in Tech territory at the 43-yard line.

A play into Tech's drive, Shimonek threw a 33-yard pass to Coutee, but the Red Raiders failed to get any points off the drive.

Shimonek took Texas Tech across midfield in the final seconds but his desperation pass on the run was completed well short of the end zone. Shimonek put the Red Raiders up 34-31 with a touchdown pass with 1:31 left to play.

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