South Florida scores late TD to outlast Texas Tech in Birmingham Bowl

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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.

The Red Raiders' drive came to a halt several plays later when a tipped pass from Nic Shimonek was intercepted in the end zone. It's 17-17 with 8:34 left in the third. It's a low scoring affair in the first half with a 10-10 halftime score. There were flashes that reminded fans how good Texas Tech's offense was in the early part of the season.

Flowers' five-yard touchdown run with 9:30 remaining in the game tied the score at 24, with Clayton Hatfield's 33-yard field goal giving Texas Tech a 27-24 lead with 5:02 remaining. Senior running back Justin Stockton rushed for 103 yards in 18 carries, and junior running back Tre King had one rushing touchdown.

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

Texas Tech went three-and-out on the ensuing drive but linebacker Kolin Hill recovered a fumble for the Red Raiders on the first play of South Florida's next possession.

South Florida converted a fourth-down on the first play of the quarter and drove as far as the Red Raiders' goal line but could not convert a fourth-and-goal attempt at the 1-yard line to tie the game. Shimonek was put into the Texas game in the fourth quarter and led the Red Raiders to a victory.


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.

Flowers scrambled for 21 yards to setup the game winning touchdown.

A play into USF's next drive, Flowers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Scantling to put USF up, 31-27, over Tech with 4:26 left in the game.

Vasher caught five passes for 84 yards, second to Keke Coutee's 11 catches and 187 yards, and the former multi-sport star from Wichita Falls scored a 25-yard touchdown with 1:13 left to give the Red Raiders (6-7) a 34-31 lead over South Florida. Shimonek's final pass was complete to Vasher across midfield but not near enough for the win.

Key Player: Flowers. The South Florida quarterback played like a man on fire in the final quarter and threw two touchdown passes to Scantling and McCants to get the win over Texas Tech.

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