It's a tale of two halves as the South Florida Bulls (10-2) come from behind to beat Texas Tech (6-7) in a shootout in the Birmingham Bowl. He connected on 32 of his 59 attempts for 416 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. 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.
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.
Defensively for the Red Raiders, junior linebacker Dakota Allen led the team with nine total tackles and eight solo tackles.
Shimonek to Dylan Cantrell on the 3-yard touchdown pass gives the Red Raiders a 17-10 lead early in the 3rd quarter.
Key Player: Shimonek. Besides taking a sack on fourth down, the senior quarterback was 10-of-17 for 145 yards and a touchdown. He concluded it on a 21-yard touchdown pass to McCants with 51 seconds left to tie it at 10.
On offense for Texas Tech, it should be another lethal passing attack led by former Iowa transfer Nic Shimonek. Sophomore wide receiver Antoine Wesley had the biggest play with a 26-yard reception.
Texas Tech's defense started the Birmingham Bowl well.
How will things transpire in the Magic City as USF squares off against the Red Raiders? With 16 seconds left to play, Flowers floats one to McCants down the sideline for the go ahead score. He also only rushed the ball five times for 11 yards. But Batson's display of athleticism was impressive nonetheless.
Flowers became the American Athletic Conference's career leader in total offense with a 21-yard touchdown pass late in the first half.
At halftime, the game was tied, 10-10.
But Flowers returned to his usual self in the second half.
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.
South Florida responded with a 10-play drive that covered 91 yards and was capped with a 17-yard pass from Flowers to Darnell Salomon to tie the game.
Texas Tech took a 27-24 lead with just over five minutes to play with a 33-yard field goal by Clayton Hatfield, setting the stage for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers to try and deliver some last-minute heroics in his final college football game.
This time, they take on Kliff Kingsbury's Texas Tech squad.