Birmingham Bowl score: Quinton Flowers ends career in style with another thriller

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

After saving Kliff Kingsbury's job in the regular season finale against Texas, Texas Tech had the chance to finish with a winning season had it won the Birmingham Bowl.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost to the South Florida Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl, 38-34, on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 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.

The Red Raiders' drive came to a halt several plays later when a tipped pass from Nic Shimonek was intercepted in the end zone.

The Red Raiders more than quadrupled the amount of yards of South Florida, 180-46, and own the time of possession.

The Red Raiders high tempo offense gets going after the second play in the third quarter when Kolin Hill forces Flowers to fumble the ball and Demarcus Fields comes up with it. Texas Tech's 28th takeaway of the season. Flowers also rushed for 106 yards and one rushing touchdown in 14 carries. The score gave Tech a 34-31 lead over USF with 1:31 left to go in the game. Flowers needed just two plays before giving the Bulls a 31-27 lead on a 64-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

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Texas Tech: The Red Raiders couldn't translate a 249-130 edge in first-half yards into an advantage on the scoreboard.

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.

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. Red Raiders go up 34-31, 1:31 left in the 4th.

Key Player: Flowers. The South Florida quarterback played like a man on fire in the final quarter and threw two touchdown passes to Scantling and McCants to get the win over Texas Tech. It's 17-17 with 8:34 left in the third. The Red Raiders scored five plays later to take a one-possession lead early in the quarter. Texas Tech outscored USF 14-7 in the third quarter, with a Flowers touchdown pass to Damel Solomon being sandwiched in between a Shimonek scoring throw to Dylan Cantrell and a Tre King four-yard touchdown run. USF responded with an 11-play drive that covered 58 yards and ended with a 25-yard field goal from Emilo Nadelman. The Red Raiders answered with a 33-yard field goal from Hatfield to take back the lead, 27-24, with 5:02 left in the game.

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