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

24 December 2017

While the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior had his fair share of moments in what was his only year starting, Texas Tech's offense took a notable step back this year from when it was helmed by Pat Mahomes and Shimonek's consistency wavered at times.

Texas Tech lost to South Florida 38-34 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. It's a low scoring affair in the first half with a 10-10 halftime score.

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. He threw the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Tyre McCants with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That left Flowers with plenty of time to work, it turns out. This time the Red Raiders couldn't seal the deal. Vasher on the game's final play fell short of the end zone, completed 32 of his 59 pass attempts on the day.

Keke Coutee had 11 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown while Justin Stockton ran for 103 yards. He finished the game with 311 passing yards and four passing touchdowns to go with 106 rushing yards and another touchdown.

The Red Raiders set up two touchdowns in the third quarter off fumble recoveries, taking a 24-17 lead.

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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. The Bulls were aided by two penalties committed by Texas Tech on the drive. He concluded it on a 21-yard touchdown pass to McCants with 51 seconds left to tie it, 10-all.

Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek (16) throws a pass South during the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 in Birmingham, Ala.

South Florida: The Bulls must replace Flowers, plus leading receiver Valdes-Scantling and tailback D'Ernest Johnson on offense and eight starters on defense.

Texas Tech had a unusual day in the Birmingham Bowl on the offensive side of the bowl.

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