Texas Tech is 2-5 against the spread in its last seven games overall, is 2-7 against the number in its last nine bowl games and is 1-4 at the betting window in its last five games versus a team with a winning record.
The University of South Florida Bulls won a wild back-and-forth Birmingham Bowl, 37-34, on Saturday over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. USF quarterback Quinton Flowers was the hero fo the day after putting the Bulls on his back in the second half, shrugging aside a woeful first half to pull USF from behind for the win.
The game was tied 10-10 at halftime, and the Bulls trailed by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter.
Red Raiders with the go ahead touchdown, Nic Shimonek connected with Keke Coutee for the 5 yard score. It's the 6th time this season that the Red Raiders haven't allowed a first quarter touchdown.
Texas Tech received the opening kickoff, marched 67 yards in 12 plays and came away with a 26-yard field goal by Clayton Hatfield. Flowers also rushed for 106 yards and one rushing touchdown in 14 carries.
Texas Tech: Shimonek and leading rusher Stockton are seniors, while all but two defensive starters have eligibility remaining.
Despite giving up the two late scores, Texas Tech's defense actually played incredibly well for about 55 minutes. Senior wide receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling finished with three receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown, and junior wide receiver Tyre McCants finished the game with six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
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. Shimonek wasn't ideal in this one - his interceptions helped keep USF hanging in the first half - but made several phenomenal throws, particularly after the Red Raiders came out after halftime.
Texas Tech went three-and-out on the ensuing drive but linebacker Kolin Hill recovered a fumble for the Red Raiders on the first play of South Florida's next possession. The Red Raiders scored five plays later to take a one-possession lead early in the quarter.
Shimonek took Texas Tech across midfield in the final seconds but his desperation pass on the run was completed well short of the end zone.
Key Play: Flower's 26-yard touchdown pass to McCants that gave South Florida the victory. 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.