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24 December, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • RAIDERZONE: South Florida claims slim 38-34 victory over Tech in Birmingham Bowl

The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost to the South Florida Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl, 38-34, on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

He got his 12th start of the season in the Birmingham Bowl and completed 32 of 59 passes for for 416 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wide receiver Keke Coutee, the Red Raiders' most explosive player, caught 11 passes for 187 yards and one touchdowns.

Flowers completed 17 of his 34 passes on the day, throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns. They also made Flowers uncomfortable in the pocket, as the senior quarterback missed two would-be touchdowns early in the game.

Defensively for USF, junior cornerback Ronnie Hoggins led the team with nine total tackles and eight solo tackles.

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Texas Tech answered with a touchdown of their own, with T.J. Sophomore wide receiver Antoine Wesley had the biggest play with a 26-yard reception. Flowers was just 4-of-14 passing for 52 yards at halftime when the game was a 10-10 defensive struggle.

On Tech's second drive, the first big play for the Red Raiders was a 37-yard pass from Shimonek to Coutee. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulls are 3-point favorites to beat the Red Raiders, who opened as a 3-point underdog. 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. Shimonek put the Red Raiders up 34-31 with a touchdown pass with 1:31 left to play.

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With 13:16 left in the second quarter, the Tech defense only allowed Flowers three completions out of 11 passes for 31 yards. But Batson's display of athleticism was impressive nonetheless. Texas Tech did a fantastic job of neutralizing Flowers in the first half.

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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.

After a failed Tech drive, the Red Raider defense stripped the ball from McCants and it was recovered by Hill.

Texas Tech continued to pile up the yards but the South Florida defense kept the Red Raiders out of the end zone and off the scoreboard in the second quarter.

He cashed in this time with a 5-yard touchdown run to tie it with 9:30 left.

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Flowers threw a 64-yard touchdown bomb to Marquez Valdez-Scantling. Texas Tech had scored with 1:31 left in the game to go up 34-31 but could not hold on to the lead.

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