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

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

Texas Tech scored five plays later on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Shimonek to Dylan Cantrell to give the Red Raiders a 17-10 lead at the 11:25 mark of the quarter.

In the final game of his glorious college career, Flowers found 235-pound slot receiver Tyre McCants down the right sideline for a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining, lifting the Bulls (10-2) to a 38-34 triumph against Texas Tech.

After Rashaad Penny's fourth touchdown run of the game gave San Diego State (10-3) a 35-28 lead with 5:47 to play, Army (10-3) drove 72 yards for the tying score and winning conversion. The first came on a perfectly thrown ball downfield against a Texas Tech coverage bust. 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. Flowers completed just 4 of 14 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

The risque Birmingham Bowl trophy, replete with its sculpture of a bare-bottomed Roman god. Texas Tech's defense allowed Flowers to lead the South Florida offense down the field for a go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds left.

On Tech's second drive, the first big play for the Red Raiders was a 37-yard pass from Shimonek to Coutee. They capitalized off of two USF turnovers, were excellent in short yardage situations and even stoned the Bulls on three of four fourth-down attempts, including one goal line stop. Red Raiders go up 34-31, 1:31 left in the 4th.

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

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His final two touchdowns were his most clutch, however.

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.

Two of Texas Tech's best weapons were on full display against South Florida.

Shimonek and the Red Raiders were far from finished and retook the lead, 34-31, on a 8-play, 85-yard drive that was capped with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Shimonek to T.J. Vasher with 1:31 left in the game. Their first touchdown, a 21-yard Flowers strike over the middle to McCants (six catches, 88 yards), didn't occur until the final minute of the half and was set up by a shanked Red Raiders punt.

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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