With the loss, Texas Tech (6-7) has finished with seven losses for the second straight year. The senior quarterback was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 106 yards and another touchdown on 14 carries.
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. Senior wide receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling finished with three receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown, and junior wide receiver Tyre McCants finished the game with six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Keke Coutee, the Red Raiders' most explosive player, caught 11 passes for 187 yards and one touchdowns. Shimonek was put into the Texas game in the fourth quarter and led the Red Raiders to a victory.
On the drive, Shimonek threw a 21-yard pass to Coutee, and senior wide receiver Cameron Batson turned an nearly disastrous play into a big one as he rushed for 19 yards on second and 10.
Texas Tech's offensive line struggled to contain Deadrin Senat who sacked Shimonek 3 times in the first half.
Flowers scrambled for 21 yards to setup the game winning touchdown.
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At the start of the second half, Flowers fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Fields.
After a goal line stance by Texas Tech early in the 4th, USF ties it up at 24-24 with a 5 yard touchdown run by Flowers.
Then South Florida marches down the field, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman.
After a failed Tech drive, the Red Raider defense stripped the ball from McCants and it was recovered by Hill.
The 49ers had taken a one-point lead on a layup by Deishuan Booker with four seconds remaining after Nixon had missed two free throws at 24 seconds and made 1 of 2 to break a 64-64 tie with 51 seconds to play. The Red Raiders ranked No. 4 in scoring offense the high-octane Big 12 and could be as big a challenge to the South Florida defense as Central Florida was.
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South Florida answers right back, Flowers to Darnell Salomon on the 17 yard score.
A litany of mistakes hampered the Red Raiders throughout the game in all phases of the special teams.
On the next USF drive, Flowers ran in a five-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 24-24.
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.
Shimonek took Texas Tech across midfield in the final seconds but his desperation pass on the run was well short of the end zone.
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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.