TJ Vasher catches TD in Tech's bowl loss

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Texas Tech had scored with 1:31 left in the game to go up 34-31 but could not hold on to the lead.

But the Red Raiders left Flowers and the Bulls too much time to strike back, and strike back they most certainly did. Shimonek started the first 11 games of the season for Texas Tech before being benched in the team's regular season finale against Texas.

Then South Florida marches down the field, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman. Texas Tech did a fantastic job of neutralizing Flowers in the first half.

This isn't a killer loss for the Red Raiders, but a win would've meant a lot to the program.

After seeing USF quarterback Quinton Flowers break several tackles, Red Raiders rush linebacker Kolin Hill forced a fumble that was recovered by DaMarcus Field at the Bulls 28-yard line. Still, Shimonek put Texas Tech in a position to win, but the Red Raiders' defense just couldn't contain Quinton Flowers on the other side of the ball.

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Senior quarterback Nic Shimonek threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

Key Play: Flowers' 21-yard touchdown pass to McCants that tied the game near the end of the half. He threw for three touchdowns and was intercepted twice on deflected balls. The Red Raiders even came up with two turnovers. Will the Texas Tech prevail, or will they get overrun by the Bulls?

The risque Birmingham Bowl trophy, replete with its sculpture of a bare-bottomed Roman god.

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.

Flowers exited the first half 4-of-14 for 42 yards, and gained only 15 yards on six runs.

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Two of Texas Tech's best weapons were on full display against South Florida. The final lateral was grabbed by Army's Elijah Riley, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

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.

On the punt, junior punter Dominic Panazzolo punted the ball for 43 yards and the ball was downed on USF's one-yard line by junior defensive back Vaughnte Dorsey for the Bulls' next drive.

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. The score gave Tech a 34-31 lead over USF with 1:31 left to go in the game. Shimonek's final pass was complete to Vasher across midfield but not near enough for the win. McCants 6th touchdown reception of the season.

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