USF had over 400 yards of offense in the second half after a lackluster first half showing, and the Bulls edges the Red Raiders in first downs with 27 to Texas Tech's 26.
It's a tale of two halves as the South Florida Bulls (10-2) come from behind to beat Texas Tech (6-7) in a shootout in the Birmingham Bowl. USF quarterback Quinton Flowers was the hero fo the day after putting the Bulls on his back in the second half, shrugging aside a woeful first half to pull USF from behind for the win. Flowers finished the game with 311 yards through the air, 106 yards on the ground thanks to several key scrambles and five touchdowns.
The Texas Tech offense did the rest, engineering a six-play, 28-yard drive which was capped off by Nic Shimonek throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cantrell on the left side of the endzone for the 17-10 lead with 11:25 left in the third.
The Red Raiders more than quadrupled the amount of yards of South Florida, 180-46, and own the time of possession. Flowers completed just 4 of 14 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Texas Tech: Shimonek and leading rusher Stockton are seniors, while all but two defensive starters have eligibility remaining.
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.More news: WH Denies NYT Report Claiming Trump Said Haitian Immigrants 'All Have AIDS'
Keke Coutee had 11 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown while Justin Stockton ran for 103 yards. He concluded it on a 21-yard touchdown pass to McCants with 51 seconds left to tie it at 10.
Texas Tech was down but not out, Shimonek hit T.J. Vasher for the 25-yard score. 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.
How will things transpire in the Magic City as USF squares off against the Red Raiders?
Tre King scored on a 4-yard touchdown trot, his five score of the year, to put the Red Raiders up 24-17 with 5:55 left in the quarter.
Flowers did not blink, however, and led the Bulls on a 7-play drive that ended with a 26-yard pass to McCants to give the Bulls a 38-34 lead with 16 seconds left in the game.
The Red Raiders march down the field but can't get into the end zone, but Hatfield nails a 33 yard field goal giving Texas Tech a 27-24 lead with 5:02 left to play. The Red Raiders held South Florida to 132 total yards in the first 30 minutes and contained Flowers.