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Flowers, McCants shine as South Florida holds off SMU 35-27


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DALLAS (AP) Quinton Flowers passed for 195 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 142 yards, and South Florida tied a program record for wins with a 35-27 victory over SMU on Saturday night.

South Florida (9-2, 4-1 American) held off a late charge from the Mustangs, who turned it over on downs with 1:25 left to play. SMU had fourth-and-1 at the Bulls 14, but Braeden West, who carried 29 times for 120 yards, was stopped short of the line to gain.

The Bulls have won nine games three times in previous seasons, most recently in 2007.

Flowers threw touchdown passes of 77 and 65 yards on the Bulls' first plays of the first and second halves, respectively. His 77-yard hookup with Marquez Valdes-Scantling was on the game's opening play, and the 65-yard connection to Tyrell McCants gave South Florida a 28-14 lead with 13:40 left in the third quarter.

McCants finished with three catches for 105 yards and two scores.

Courtland Sutton set a program single-game record with 252 yards receiving for SMU (5-6, 2-3). He caught 13 passes, two for touchdowns.

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Scoreboard
South Florida  (9-2) «1477735
Southern Methodist  (5-6)7710327
Players of the Game
Bulls

Q. Flowers
Att 15
Comp 7
Yds 195
TD 3
Mustangs

C. Sutton
Rec 13
Yds 252
Avg 19.4
TD 2
Scoring Summary
SFLAMarquez Valdes-Scantling 77 yd pass from Quinton Flowers (Brandon Behr kick)
SMUCourtland Sutton 8 yd pass from Ben Hicks (Josh Williams kick)
SFLAMarlon Mack 60 yd run (Brandon Behr kick)
SMUJames Proche 43 yd pass from Ke'Mon Freeman (Josh Williams kick)
SFLATyre McCants 28 yd pass from Quinton Flowers (Brandon Behr kick)
SFLATyre McCants 65 yd pass from Quinton Flowers (Brandon Behr kick)
SMUCourtland Sutton 54 yd pass from Ben Hicks (Josh Williams kick)
SMUJosh Williams 24 yd FG
SFLAD'Ernest Johnson 9 yd run (Brandon Behr kick)
SMUJosh Williams 21 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 SFLASMU
First Downs1628
Third Down Efficiency2-128-17
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards58-47389-578
Rushes-Yds43-27847-155
Passing Yds195423
Kick Return Yds13491
Punt Return Yds182
Passes7-15-126-42-2
Punts8-3136-239
Fumbles-Lost1-12-1
Penalties-Yds7-554-24
Time of Poss.23:4936:11
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
SFLA: Quinton Flowers 16-142, Marlon Mack 18-129, D'Ernest Johnson 7-11, Team 2--4
SMU: Braeden West 29-120, Ke'Mon Freeman 15-49, Ben Hicks 3--14
PASSING
SFLA: Quinton Flowers 7-15-195-1
SMU: Ben Hicks 25-41-380-2, Ke'Mon Freeman 1-1-43-0
RECEIVING
SFLA: Tyre McCants 3-105, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 2-84, Rodney Adams 2-6
SMU: Courtland Sutton 13-252, Xavier Castille 5-61, James Proche 3-71, Braeden West 2-17, Ke'Mon Freeman 2-14, Shelby Walker 1-8
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
South Florida1st American Athletic East7-111-2
Southern Methodist5th American Athletic West3-55-7

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