Late TD pushes USF past Texas Tech in Birmingham Bowl

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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.

But the Bulls, coached by Charlie Strong, scored with 16 seconds left to win, 38-34.

The McCants touchdown capped a wild fourth quarter in which USF outscored Texas Tech 21-10, with Flowers having a role in all three scores. After forcing a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, USF took over at the Texas Tech 43-yard line and worked their way into the end zone, this time ending the drive with Flowers running off to the right side to find a clear path for a game-tying touchdown.

Key Player: Hill. The junior linebacker for the Red Raiders forced a fumble to begin the half and recovered another that led to a Texas Tech score. As noted above, the two teams got off to slow starts offensively, with USF answering a Texas Tech field goal with one of its own in the first quarter. The senior quarterback was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 106 yards and another touchdown on 14 carries.

INJURY REPORT: Justin Stockton (concussion) is probable for Texas Tech today, while Derrick Willies (disciplinary) is questionable and D.J. Polite-Bray (disciplinary) is out for the year.

Shimonek, who had led a fourth-quarter comeback in the regular-season finale against Texas, completed 32 of 59 passes for 416 yards.

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After a goal line stance by Texas Tech early in the 4th, USF ties it up at 24-24 with a 5 yard touchdown run by Flowers. Shimonek wasn't ideal in this one - his interceptions helped keep USF hanging in the first half - but made several phenomenal throws, particularly after the Red Raiders came out after halftime. Red Raiders go up 34-31, 1:31 left in the 4th.

Shimonek took Texas Tech across midfield in the final seconds but his desperation pass on the run was completed well short of the end zone.

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 even came up with two turnovers.

South Florida: Flowers had a terrific second half after going 4-of-14 passing for 52 yards in the first.

USF would tie the score at ten with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter, as McCants caught the first of his two touchdown receptions.

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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