This time, Flowers and USF came out victorious by scoring 21 fourth-quarter points, including 14 in the final five minutes and a go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds remaining, in an unexpectedly thrilling 38-34 win over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl. He threw the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Tyre McCants with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Red Raiders more than quadrupled the amount of yards of South Florida, 180-46, and own the time of possession.
The Red Raiders high tempo offense gets going after the second play in the third quarter when Kolin Hill forces Flowers to fumble the ball and Demarcus Fields comes up with it. Texas Tech's 28th takeaway of the season.
South Florida answered as Flowers completed a 17-yard pass to Darnell Salomon to knot things up at 17-17 by the 8:34 mark. From there the quarterbacks took center stage, with Flowers leading the Bulls on two touchdown drives and Shimonek leading the Red Raiders on one.
Flowers led the Bulls (10-2) to a second straight dramatic victory in the bowl game at Legion Field, throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:26 after struggling in the first half.
In the first half, the Texas Tech offense marched into USF territory during six series but wasn't too fruitful.
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. Flowers needed just two plays before giving the Bulls a 31-27 lead on a 64-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Since leaving Texas last offseason, Strong has posted strong first season with South Florida. While the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior had his fair share of moments in what was his only year starting, Texas Tech's offense took a notable step back this year from when it was helmed by Pat Mahomes and Shimonek's consistency wavered at times.
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.
But Flowers returned to his usual self in the second half. Both teams can score, but one team plays defense, one team doesn't.
Texas Tech wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (14) attempts to find a pass as it bounces off his helmet as South Florida cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) guards him during the first half the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 in Birmingham, Ala.