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

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

Texas Tech senior QB Nic Shimonek completed 32-of-59 passes for 416 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 38-34 loss to USF in the Birmingham Bowl.

The Bulls had the final punch, though, as Flowers completed a 26-yard pass to Tyre McCants for the 38-34 advantage at the 16-second mark of the fourth. Flowers also rushed for 106 yards and one rushing touchdown in 14 carries.

Defensively for USF, junior cornerback Ronnie Hoggins led the team with nine total tackles and eight solo tackles.

Then South Florida marches down the field, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman.

The game was tied 10-10 at halftime, and the Bulls trailed by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter. That's in contrast to a Texas Tech unit that ranked No. 99 in the country in total defense, but instead led the Big 12 in turnover margin.

But the Red Raiders left Flowers and the Bulls too much time to strike back, and strike back they most certainly did.

Vasher finished his second season in Lubbock with 24 catches for 461 yards and five TDs.

Batson, on a reverse from wide receiver Keke Coutee, escaped multiple South Florida defenders in the backfield before breaking loose for a 19-yard rush before being forced out at the USF 2-yard line.

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

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

Texas Tech's offensive line struggled to contain Deadrin Senat who sacked Shimonek 3 times in the first half. McCants 6th touchdown reception of the season.

After a failed Tech drive, the Red Raider defense stripped the ball from McCants and it was recovered by Hill. It's 17-17 with 8:34 left in the third.

Despite giving up the two late scores, Texas Tech's defense actually played incredibly well for about 55 minutes.

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

Flowers scrambled for 21 yards to setup the game winning touchdown. Bulls took their first lead of the ballgame, 31-27 with 4:26 left to play.

Flowers threw a 64-yard touchdown bomb to Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

Texas Tech was down but not out, Shimonek hit T.J. Vasher for the 25-yard score. The score gave Tech a 34-31 lead over USF with 1:31 left to go in the game.

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