The 2017 season may not have checked off all of the goals for USF (11-2), but Charlie Strong and the Bulls have reason to celebrate at the end of the season after winning a wildly entertaining Birmingham Bowl with a 38-34 victory over Texas Tech (6-7) on Saturday afternoon.
Quinton Flowers put together another terrific performance for the Bulls, who scored a 46-39 win over SC in the same bowl game past year.
USF tied it up late in the second quarter, after Quinton Flowers hooked up with Tyre McCants on the 21 yard touchdown.
Flowers ended his day with an MVP performance with 311 passing yards and four touchdowns and 106 rushing yards.
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 takes an early 3-0 lead after Clayton Hatfield split the uprights on a 26-yard field goal with 10:47 left in the first quarter.
Flowers completes go-ahead TD as USF topples Red Raiders in bowl win
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USF would tie the score at ten with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter, as McCants caught the first of his two touchdown receptions. From there the quarterbacks took center stage, with Flowers leading the Bulls on two touchdown drives and Shimonek leading the Red Raiders on one. The first came on a perfectly thrown ball downfield against a Texas Tech coverage bust.
Then South Florida marches down the field, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman.
Toward the end of the first quarter, the Red Raiders called a fake jet sweep and Shimonek threw it to Stockton for a gain of 21 yards, putting the Red Raiders on the goal line. The Red Raiders ranked No. 4 in scoring offense the high-octane Big 12 and could be as big a challenge to the South Florida defense as Central Florida was. However, Allen made a key stop on fourth and one to force a turnover on downs for the Bulls. Flowers needed just two plays before giving the Bulls a 31-27 lead on a 64-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
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