Birmingham Bowl score: South Florida survives SC comeback in OT

Birmingham Bowl score: South Florida survives SC comeback in OT”

The Gamecocks' defense will give Flowers and Co. trouble, but they won't have enough offense to match the dynamic Flowers as USF scores a win over an SEC foe. Quinton Flowers has put together a great season both in the air and on the ground, and that's exactly how he'll lead the Bulls to a win against SC. He also rushed for three scores and 67 yards on 13 carries in the first half.

Flowers was 23-of-32 passing on the day for 261 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Birmingham Bowl prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between USF and SC. Facing a fourth down on their first possession of overtime, a strip-sack of Bentley recovered by the Bulls ended the Gamecocks' comeback hopes.

A crowd of 31,229, split evenly between the two fan bases, watched the first overtime game in Birmingham Bowl history in Legion Field, former home to Iron Bowls and the USFL. Even so, A.J. Turner fumbled one yard shy of the end zone and Khalid McGee recovered for the Bulls. The 6-foot junior has thrown for 2,551 yards this season with 22 touchdown passes and just six interceptions while equaling Mack in rushing touchdowns (15) and surpassing him in yards per carry (8.1). USF totaled 11 takeaways in the final three games of the season to finish with 26 on the year. On the season, Edwards has 71 yards receiving and two touchdowns, his first one coming in the season finale against Clemson. That lead grew to 29-14 at halftime when Flowers found D'Ernest Johnson for a 37-yard score on a fourth down play with just seven seconds left before the break.

The explosive Flowers has accounted for a program-record 37 touchdowns (22 passing, 15 rushing) so far this season and his 1,425 yards rushing are the second most for an FBS quarterback, just 113 behind Heisman victor Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

The Bulls controlled the game for most of the afternoon, but the Gamecocks (6-7) rallied to tie it at 39-39 with 1:11 remaining on A.J. Turner's 1-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion.

But when Flowers found his receiver for a 25-yard touchdown on their turn, but USC couldn't answer.

Flowers cut his left hand pretty badly in the second half when his hand got caught in a SC defender's helmet.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Bulls opened as a 10-point favorite over the Gamecocks and that's where the point spread now sits. The versatile quarterback was also able to pick up 112 yards on 21 rushing attempts, setting a new Birmingham Bowl record with three rushing touchdowns.

Winning the Birmingham Bowl gave USF their second ever win over a SEC opponent. He might be one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country, and he'll be the difference here against an average SC team. But the poor field position crippled the offense and USF punted with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter. South Carolina's defense has been very good at times this season and is giving up just 204 yards per game through the air.

Samuel was Bentley's most reliable pass catcher on Thursday, as he'd been most of the season.

USF started overtime with Flowers' 25-yard touchdown pass to Dillon (Ocala) in the back of the end zone on the first play. This time, the Bulls marched 80 yards using 11 plays.

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