USF: 5 bold predictions for Birmingham Bowl

Birmingham Bowl Texas Tech vs. South Florida Predictions 12/23/17

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.

Flowers threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyre McCants with 16 seconds left to give No. 23 South Florida a 38-34 victory over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday.

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.

Offensively for the Bulls, senior quarterback Quinton Flowers threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions.

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The Red Raiders answered with an eight-play, 85-yard drive capped off by Shimonek finding Vasher in the right corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score that put Texas Tech up 34-31 with 1:31 left in the contest.

He ran 13 and 21 yards for first downs, the latter coming on a third-and-10 play.

The second came on a perfectly time wheel route that got past the Red Raiders' defense. Shimonek started the first 11 games of the season for Texas Tech before being benched in the team's regular season finale against Texas. They also made Flowers uncomfortable in the pocket, as the senior quarterback missed two would-be touchdowns early in the game.

The Texas Tech stop preserved a seven-point advantage, but the battle of field position would still end up helping USF.

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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. The Red Raiders held South Florida to 132 total yards in the first 30 minutes and contained Flowers.

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.

But the Red Raiders left Flowers and the Bulls too much time to strike back, and strike back they most certainly did. Shimonek put the Red Raiders up 34-31 with a touchdown pass with 1:31 left to play. Red Raiders go up 34-31, 1:31 left in the 4th. The Red Raiders even came up with two turnovers. McCants 6th touchdown reception of the season.

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.

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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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