It wasn’t pretty on Senior Night for the USF Bulls. In fact, at times in the second half, it was downright scary, but in the end USF hung on for a 27-20 win to improve to 9-1 and set up their mega showdown in 8 days with UCF.
Senior QB Quinton Flowers, likely playing his final game at home, threw for 142 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for another 119 yards, as USF built their late and then, had hang on.
The second of those two TD passes in the first half came here:
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USF appeared to be in command at the break leading 24-10, but to the Golden Hurricane’s credit, they battled back to make it a game. 23 Seniors were playing their final home game, including linebacker Auggie Sanchez, who broke the school’s career tackles record in the first half.
Meanwhile, RB D’Angelo Brewer was as advertised and ran for 163 yards on 34 carries, as Tulsa’s offense kept grinding and giving them a chance to win in half number two.
The Hurricane mainly stayed in the battle with their defense, including intercepting Flowers at the Tulsa four yard line late in the third quarter, which kept the game 27-17 at that point.
USF almost went into a “prevent offense” as the fourth quarter wore on, and only picked up one first down in their final four possessions. There were numerous times where Flowers looked like he had been told not to throw down field on third and long, and it forced him to try to scramble unsuccessfully to pick up yardage and first downs.
The bottom line is that Tulsa blocked a USF punt and took over at the Bulls 22 yard line 5:00 left. They eventually settled for a field goal to get within 27-20.
Then, when Flowers couldn’t engineer a drive to kill the clock, the Bulls punted back to Tulsa with 2:29 remaining.
However, Tulsa and their backup QB Chad President couldn’t do anything to get into reasonable touchdown range for the tie. After taking a sack on second down, President threw incomplete on both third and fourth down to give the Bulls the ball back to run out the clock.
With the win, USF is 9-1 and has ensured that their meeting next Friday afternoon with UCF will be winner take all for the American East crown.