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

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Red Raiders regain the lead after Tre King's 4 yard rushing touchdown, 24-17. Keke Coutee had 11 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. The senior passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns in this one.

Defensively for USF, junior cornerback Ronnie Hoggins led the team with nine total tackles and eight solo tackles. USF responded with an 11-play drive that covered 58 yards and ended with a 25-yard field goal from Emilo Nadelman. Flowers was just 4-of-14 passing for 52 yards at halftime when the game was a 10-10 defensive struggle. Facing fourth and three, the Red Raiders made a decision to go for it, but Shimonek was sacked by Senat for a loss of 10 yards.

Texas Tech outgained South Florida, 356-320, in total yards but both teams turned the ball over twice and committed an absurd amount of penalties. 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.

With the loss, Texas Tech (6-7) has finished with seven losses for the second straight year.

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. With 16 seconds left to play, Flowers floats one to McCants down the sideline for the go ahead score. The Bulls were aided by two penalties committed by Texas Tech on the drive. But Batson's display of athleticism was impressive nonetheless.

However, on third and goal, Shimonek threw an interception that was caught in the end zone by Thomas.

At the start of the second half, Flowers fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Fields.

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There's just something about South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers and the last five or so minutes of a football game. Then, Stockton rushed for 24 yards on the next play. Shimonek was put into the Texas game in the fourth quarter and led the Red Raiders to a victory.

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

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Flowers broke for a 29-yard run to put South Florida deep in the red zone.

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

Shimonek took Texas Tech across midfield in the final seconds but his desperation pass on the run was well short of the end zone. It's 17-17 with 8:34 left in the third.

Texas Tech took a 34-31 lead on quarterback Nic Shimonek's 25-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Vasher with 1:31 remaining.

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