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

24 December 2017

It's a tale of two halves as the South Florida Bulls (10-2) come from behind to beat Texas Tech (6-7) in a shootout in the Birmingham Bowl.

How will things transpire in the Magic City as USF squares off against the Red Raiders? USF responded with an 11-play drive that covered 58 yards and ended with a 25-yard field goal from Emilo Nadelman.

Both teams were penalized 10 times, with Texas Tech flagged for 107 yards and South Florida for 100.

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.

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South Florida responded with a 10-play drive that covered 91 yards and was capped with a 17-yard pass from Flowers to Darnell Salomon to tie the game. Shimonek wasn't flawless 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. With 16 seconds left to play, Flowers floats one to McCants down the sideline for the go ahead score. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, are allowing 31.8 points per game, 434 yards per game, and rank 124th in the nation in passing yards allowed. He broke the mark of 11,431 yards held by Temple's Phillip Walker.

After a short run by senior running back D'Ernest Johnson, Flowers threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to McCants to tie the game, 10-10.

Late in the third, Texas Tech's defense came up big with a red zone stop forged by Dakota Allen and it's a turnover on downs.

The Bulls began the half with the ball but Flowers was sacked on second down and fumbled the ball to the Red Raiders' DeMarcus Fields. Texas Tech's Justin Stockton ran for 24 yards on the first play and Tre King found pay dirt three plays later on a 4-yard rushing score to put the Red Raiders up 24-17 with 5:55 left in the quarter.

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Texas Tech took a 27-24 lead with just over five minutes to play with a 33-yard field goal by Clayton Hatfield, setting the stage for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers to try and deliver some last-minute heroics in his final college football game.

Flowers threw a 64-yard touchdown bomb to Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

The star of the show for South Florida is quarterback Quinton Flowers, who boasts 2,600 passing yards while averaging 8.1 yards per pass attempt with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Flowers scrambled for 21 yards to setup the game winning touchdown. Vasher somehow getting left wide open in the end zone for an easy touchdown pass from Nic Shimonek.

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