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. But Flowers will leave with a handful of team records and his shoes will be big to fill for whoever is next in line in Tampa. It's a low scoring affair in the first half with a 10-10 halftime score.
Shimonek to Dylan Cantrell on the 3-yard touchdown pass gives the Red Raiders a 17-10 lead early in the 3rd quarter. The senior quarterback was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 106 yards and another touchdown on 14 carries. Marquez Valdes-Scantling gained 133 yards on three catches. Vasher somehow getting left wide open in the end zone for an easy touchdown pass from Nic Shimonek. He connected on 32 of his 59 attempts for 416 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. This time the Red Raiders couldn't seal the deal. Wide receiver Keke Coutee, the Red Raiders' most explosive player, caught 11 passes for 187 yards and one touchdowns.
The Red Raiders more than quadrupled the amount of yards of South Florida, 180-46, and own the time of possession.
Flowers' five-yard touchdown run with 9:30 remaining in the game tied the score at 24, with Clayton Hatfield's 33-yard field goal giving Texas Tech a 27-24 lead with 5:02 remaining.
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"Defensively, it was stop after stop that we had to go get", first-year South Florida coach Charlie Strong said.
Toward the end of the first quarter, the Red Raiders called a fake jet sweep and Shimonek threw it to Stockton for a gain of 21 yards, putting the Red Raiders on the goal line. They converted 10 of 19 third downs.
South Florida answered when Flowers threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Nichols to tie the game, 17-17, with 8:34 left in the third quarter. Shimonek put the Red Raiders up 34-31 with a touchdown pass with 1:31 left to play. 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. The score gave Tech a 34-31 lead over USF with 1:31 left to go in the game. Coutee is a junior who said he hasn't made a decision on whether to enter the National Football League draft. Both were the best players Texas Tech had on offense against South Florida, and sparked the Red Raiders' offense whenever it stagnated. Leading tackler Auggie Sanchez leaves a big hole to fill.