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

24 December, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Texas Tech finished the season 6-7, and the Bulls finished 10-3.

The coaches of these schools will no doubt be familiar with each other, as Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury faces South Florida's Charlie Strong three times while Strong was head coach at Texas.

Vasher finished his second season in Lubbock with 24 catches for 461 yards and five TDs.

The McCants touchdown capped a wild fourth quarter in which USF outscored Texas Tech 21-10, with Flowers having a role in all three scores.

He ran 13 and 21 yards for first downs, the latter coming on a third-and-10 play. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, are allowing 31.8 points per game, 434 yards per game, and rank 124th in the nation in passing yards allowed.

Texas Tech received the opening kickoff, marched 67 yards in 12 plays and came away with a 26-yard field goal by Clayton Hatfield. They also made Flowers uncomfortable in the pocket, as the senior quarterback missed two would-be touchdowns early in the game. Notable among them, his 25-yard toss to a wide-open T.J. Vasher with under two minutes remaining gave Tech a 34-31 lead (one which they would be unable to hold).

South Florida converted a fourth-down on the first play of the quarter and drove as far as the Red Raiders' goal line but could not convert a fourth-and-goal attempt at the 1-yard line to tie the game.


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. The Red Raiders results included: a field goal, turnover on downs, punt, and two interceptions before the break as both squads went into the locker room knotted up at 10-10.

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.

How will things transpire in the Magic City as USF squares off against the Red Raiders?

South Florida: Flowers had a terrific second half after going 4-of-14 passing for 52 yards in the first.

Key Player: Flowers. The South Florida quarterback played like a man on fire in the final quarter and threw two touchdown passes to Scantling and McCants to get the win over Texas Tech.

After a short run by senior running back D'Ernest Johnson, Flowers threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to McCants to tie the game, 10-10. The Red Raiders answered with a 33-yard field goal from Hatfield to take back the lead, 27-24, with 5:02 left in the game.

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