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 senior quarterback was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 106 yards and another touchdown on 14 carries.
South Florida answered when Flowers threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Nichols to tie the game, 17-17, with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
On the opening drive, Tech was unable to score a touchdown and settled for a 26-yard field goal from junior kicker Clayton Hatfield. 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 did a fantastic job of neutralizing Flowers in the first half. It was Flowers who had to step things up in the fourth quarter, leading the Bulls to three touchdowns in the final quarter by using his feet and his arm to work the late game heroics.
The Bulls began the half with the ball but Flowers was sacked on second down and fumbled the ball to the Red Raiders' DeMarcus Fields. The Bulls were aided by two penalties committed by Texas Tech on the drive. Texas Tech outscored USF 14-7 in the third quarter, with a Flowers touchdown pass to Damel Solomon being sandwiched in between a Shimonek scoring throw to Dylan Cantrell and a Tre King four-yard touchdown run. 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.
South Florida was able to stifle the Red Raiders offense for the win.
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Texas Tech took a 34-31 lead on quarterback Nic Shimonek's 25-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Vasher with 1:31 remaining.
The Red Raiders march down the field but can't get into the end zone, but Hatfield nails a 33 yard field goal giving Texas Tech a 27-24 lead with 5:02 left to play.
South Florida made its way across midfield on a 43-yard catch from Marquez Valdes-Scantling but bogged down in the red zone and turned the ball over on downs following a fail fourth-down conversion.
Flowers lifted 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.
Shimonek took Texas Tech across midfield in the final seconds but his desperation pass on the run was well short of the end zone.