South Florida scores late TD to outlast Texas Tech in Birmingham Bowl
24 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Greg Wolfe
Texas Tech lost to South Florida 38-34 in the Birmingham Bowl. With the win, USF finished its season with a 10-2 record, reaching the 10-win mark in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. He also leads the Bulls in rushing with 972 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Flowers led the Bulls (10-2) to a second consecutive dramatic victory in the bowl game at Legion Field, throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:26 after struggling in the first half.
On Tech's second drive, the first big play for the Red Raiders was a 37-yard pass from Shimonek to Coutee.
After a 13-yard pass from Shimonek to Tyler Carr, King rushed in a four-yard touchdown to give the lead back to the Red Raiders, 24-17, with 5:55 left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, and just one play after an instant replay confirmed a call on the field marking the ball shy of the end zone, USF tried muscling their way across the goal line only to be overmatched by Texas Tech's defensive effort to keep Darius Tice just out of the end zone on fourth down. The first came on a perfectly thrown ball downfield against a Texas Tech coverage bust. Tech had 248 yards at the half with Shimonek completing 15-of-30 passes for 187 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions, but was sacked three times in the opening half. 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.
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Texas Tech was down but not out, Shimonek hit T.J. Vasher for the 25-yard score. Shimonek put the Red Raiders up 34-31 with a touchdown pass with 1:31 left to play. 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. USF responded with an 11-play drive that covered 58 yards and ended with a 25-yard field goal from Emilo Nadelman.
How will things transpire in the Magic City as USF squares off against the Red Raiders?
After a short run by senior running back D'Ernest Johnson, Flowers threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to McCants to tie the game, 10-10. Senior wide receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling finished with three receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown, and junior wide receiver Tyre McCants finished the game with six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
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.
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