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

RAIDERZONE: South Florida claims slim 38-34 victory over Tech in Birmingham Bowl Birmingham Bowl score: Quinton Flowers ends career in style with another thriller
Domingo Copeland | 24 December, 2017, 03:09

Texas Tech finished the season 6-7, and the Bulls finished 10-3.

The Birmingham Bowl came down to the wire as South Florida came back in the final seconds to defeat Texas Tech Red Raiders in a 38-34 win at Legion Field.

The coaches of these schools will no doubt be familiar with each other, as Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury faces South Florida's Charlie Strong three times while Strong was head coach at Texas. The USF quarterback threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns and added 106 yards on 14 carries while finding the end zone once on the ground. 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.

The Texas Tech offense did the rest, engineering a six-play, 28-yard drive which was capped off by Nic Shimonek throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cantrell on the left side of the endzone for the 17-10 lead with 11:25 left in the third. Plus Texas Tech had every opportunity to win this game, but could not finish the job when it mattered.

On the opening drive, Tech was unable to score a touchdown and settled for a 26-yard field goal from junior kicker Clayton Hatfield.

But the Texas Tech defense, as its done all season, came up with a big play to start off the third quarter. Flowers completed just 4 of 14 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

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

The risque Birmingham Bowl trophy, replete with its sculpture of a bare-bottomed Roman god. Quinton Flowers' 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyre McCants with 16 seconds remaining proved to be the difference as USF beat Texas Tech by the final score of 38-34.

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. The final lateral was grabbed by Army's Elijah Riley, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

South Florida made its way across midfield on a 43-yard catch from Marquez Valdes-Scantling but bogged down in the red zone and turned the ball over on downs following a fail fourth-down conversion.

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. South Florida scored nine plays later on a 5-yard run by Flowers to tie the game at 24-24 with 9:30 left to play in the game.

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