Red Raiders fall to South Florida in Birmingham Bowl, 38-34

Red Raiders fall to South Florida in Birmingham Bowl, 38-34

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.

INJURY REPORT: Justin Stockton (concussion) is probable for Texas Tech today, while Derrick Willies (disciplinary) is questionable and D.J. Polite-Bray (disciplinary) is out for the year.

With the loss, Texas Tech (6-7) has finished with seven losses for the second straight year. The Red Raiders held South Florida to 132 total yards in the first 30 minutes and contained Flowers.

Tre King scored on a 4-yard touchdown trot, his five score of the year, to put the Red Raiders up 24-17 with 5:55 left in the quarter.

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.

Key Player: Hill. The junior linebacker for the Red Raiders forced a fumble to begin the half and recovered another that led to a Texas Tech score.

The Red Raiders set up two touchdowns in the third quarter off fumble recoveries, taking a 24-17 lead. South Florida retook the lead, 31-27, two plays later on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Flowers to Scantling with 4:26 left to play in the contest.

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.

South Florida's most impactful player is quarterback Quinton Flowers, who can make plays in the air and on the ground.

At the beginning of the second quarter, the Red Raiders defense stopped Flowers from completing two deep throws to force a fourth down that the Bulls could not convert. Shimonek put the Red Raiders up 34-31 with a touchdown pass with 1:31 left to play. With 16 seconds left to play, Flowers floats one to McCants down the sideline for the go ahead score.

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.

A play into Tech's drive, Shimonek threw a 33-yard pass to Coutee, but the Red Raiders failed to get any points off the drive.

On the next USF drive, Flowers ran in a five-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 24-24.

South Florida made its way across midfield on a 43-yard catch from Marquez Valdes-Scantling but bogged down in the red zone and turned the ball over on downs following a fail fourth-down conversion. Vasher somehow getting left wide open in the end zone for an easy touchdown pass from Nic Shimonek.

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