It’s only fitting in the bizarre world of College Football that USF and Memphis would combine for 91 points and 1,200 yards of offense and yet, a defensive play in the end zone would decide it. But, that’s just what happened.
USF’s DB Deatrick Nichols controversially broke up the potential Memphis tying TD in the end zone on fourth and goal with under a minute remaining, as the Bulls held on 49-42 for an eighth win of the year.
The controversy, as Tiger fans will point out, is that it looked blatant that Nichols was interfering and holding the Tiger receiver, while breaking up the key pass. There was no flag and USF ran out the clock for the win.
A series earlier, USF QB Quinton Flowers may have locked up the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year with a spectacular 22 yard TD run for the eventual deciding score.
For his part, Flowers finished with 210 yards rushing and 2 TD’s on the ground. Plus, he tossed another 263 yards and 2 more TD’s in the air, as he continued to fake, juke or weave through the Tigers defense. Oh and then there’s this from Flowers, too:
QB Quinton Flowers became the first player in conference history to rush and throw for at least 200 yards in a single game pic.twitter.com/sty1rG4sWT
— American Football (@American_FB) November 13, 2016
Meanwhile, Memphis stayed in the game with QB Riley Ferguson throwing for 331 yards and 3 TD’s and had tied the game with a bomb to WR Anthony Miller of 57 yards and a two point conversion. But, that set the stage for Flowers and RB Marlon Mack to have their turn and storm right down the field to set up the go ahead score.
Mack for his part, finished with 69 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown and also had 61 yards receiving in the game.
The Bulls victory keeps their hopes alive to win the AAC East Division. They must win their final two games and get a Temple loss our of their last two.