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Quinton Flowers leads USF to dramatic Birmingham Bowl win

24 December 2017

Despite a valiant effort from the defense, the Red Raiders stop troops gave up one touchdown to many in the fourth quarter as Texas Tech dropped a 38-34 decision to No. 23 South Florida in the 12th Annual Birmingham Bowl held Saturday at Legion Field.

"It's a very explosive offense, can score at any time, very aggressive on defense".

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. The win also gives the Bulls, 10-2, a second-straight season with 10 wins or more.

Both defenses are tasked with defending unsafe quarterbacks, though they have different styles.

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

Flowers became the American Athletic Conference's career leader in total offense with a 21-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. Plus Texas Tech had every opportunity to win this game, but could not finish the job when it mattered. It was Flowers who had to step things up in the fourth quarter, leading the Bulls to three touchdowns in the final quarter by using his feet and his arm to work the late game heroics. Texas Tech outscored USF 14-7 in the third quarter, with a Flowers touchdown pass to Damel Solomon being sandwiched in between a Shimonek scoring throw to Dylan Cantrell and a Tre King four-yard touchdown run.

He cashed in this time with a 5-yard touchdown run to tie it with 9:30 left.

"It's not on my mind", Flowers said of the league record. Meanwhile, the Bulls are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games coming off a loss and are 7-1 at the betting window in their last eight games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. If it happens, it happens. "I'm always going to be a team player".

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

Shimonek finished with 370 yards on 29-of-56 passing and three touchdowns.

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. And in the end, it was too much for Texas Tech. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulls are 3-point favorites to beat the Red Raiders, who opened as a 3-point underdog.

RETURN TRIPS: This is South Florida's second straight Birmingham Bowl game against a Power 5 team.

Texas Tech had a odd day in the Birmingham Bowl on the offensive side of the bowl.

Quinton Flowers leads USF to dramatic Birmingham Bowl win