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No. 25 S Florida beats S Carolina 46-39 in Birmingham Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) South Florida's Quinton Flowers says there were a lot of big-name college football programs that thought he could be a star player. As a running back. Or maybe as a safety.

But Flowers knew he could be a great quarterback. And on Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl against a team from the Southeastern Conference, he proved it once again.

Flowers ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more - including what proved to be the winner in overtime - to help No. 25 South Florida beat South Carolina 46-39.

''A lot of big schools didn't give me a chance,'' Flowers said. ''A lot of big schools wanted me to play a different position. But South Florida was the place that loved me, cared about me and wanted me to be their quarterback.''

Flowers said South Carolina coach Will Muschamp - who was then at Florida - was among the coaches who wanted him to switch positions. Muschamp got an up-close look at Flowers' quarterback skills on Thursday.

''He's an outstanding athlete,'' Muschamp said.

South Florida (11-2) squandered a 39-21 lead in the second half, but recovered for its school-record 11th victory. Flowers threw a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime, finding Elkanah Dillon in the end zone.

South Carolina's overtime drive ended after Jake Bentley was sacked by Mike Love on fourth down. Bentley fumbled and Khalid McGee recovered to end the game.

It was a sweet ending for a South Florida program that has had a lot of upheaval during December. Coach Willie Taggart left for Oregon after the regular season and former Texas coach Charlie Strong was hired a few days later.

But the Bulls, who played Thursday under interim coach T.J. Weist, pushed aside the distractions and finished their season with another win.

''The bottom line is we finished this game off strong. We finished it right,'' Weist said. ''We came through in the end.''

Flowers, who was selected the game's Most Valuable Player, completed 23 of 32 passes for 261 yards and ran for 105 yards on 21 carries.

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

Bentley completed 32 of 43 passes for 390 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Deebo Samuel caught 14 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.

Muschamp said he was pleased with the offense. It was the defense - specifically the lack of an effective pass rush against Flowers - that left him frustrated.

''When you score 39 points, you should win the game,'' Muschamp said.

South Carolina (6-7) was hurt by five turnovers, including a pick-six thrown by Bentley that Tajee Fullwood returned 47 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Florida: The Bulls felt they weren't getting much respect on a national level after their 10-win regular season. A win over an SEC opponent is more evidence that South Florida might have been a little underappreciated.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks had their chances, but too many crucial mistakes doomed the program to a 7-loss season. The good news is South Carolina has a promising young quarterback in Bentley.

UP NEXT

South Florida: The Bulls have a lot of changes in store as the Strong-era begins. South Florida looks well-positioned to be a factor in the AAC for years to come.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks took a small step forward during Muschamp's first season. Now he'll try to improve the talent on the roster during recruiting to get the program back among the SEC East's elite programs.

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Scoring Summary
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD
45-B.Behr extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
46
39
Touchdown
9-Q.Flowers complete to 85-E.Dillon. 85-E.Dillon runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
25
yds
pos
45
39
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 1:11
4-J.Bentley complete to 81-H.Hurst. 81-H.Hurst to USF End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
39
39
Touchdown 1:11
25-A.Turner runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
2
yds
01:34
pos
39
37
Point After TD 9:41
29-E.Fry extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
39
31
Touchdown 9:41
4-J.Bentley complete to 89-B.Edwards. 89-B.Edwards runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
97
yds
04:14
pos
39
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:28
29-E.Fry 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
2
yds
0:51
pos
39
24
Point After TD 7:06
45-B.Behr extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
39
21
Touchdown 7:18
4-J.Bentley incomplete. Intended for 40-J.August INTERCEPTED by 13-T.Fullwood at SC 47. 13-T.Fullwood runs 47 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
47
yds
0:00
pos
38
21
Field Goal 8:12
45-B.Behr 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
60
yds
3:38
pos
32
21
Point After TD 11:55
29-E.Fry extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
29
21
Touchdown 11:55
1-D.Samuel runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
02:59
pos
29
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:07
45-B.Behr extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
29
14
Touchdown 0:07
9-Q.Flowers complete to 2-D.Johnson. 2-D.Johnson runs 37 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
68
yds
01:00
pos
28
14
Point After TD 1:12
29-E.Fry extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
22
14
Touchdown 1:12
4-J.Bentley complete to 1-D.Samuel. 1-D.Samuel runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
73
yds
04:26
pos
22
13
Point After TD 10:40
45-B.Behr extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
22
7
Touchdown 10:40
9-Q.Flowers runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
77
yds
03:22
pos
21
7
Point After TD 14:02
29-E.Fry extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
15
7
Touchdown 14:02
4-J.Bentley complete to 81-H.Hurst. 81-H.Hurst runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
71
yds
00:58
pos
15
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:26
45-B.Behr extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
15
0
Touchdown 4:26
9-Q.Flowers runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
80
yds
04:09
pos
14
0
Two Point Conversion 10:25
7-B.Kean complete to 89-M.Wilcox. 89-M.Wilcox to SC End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
8
0
Touchdown 10:25
9-Q.Flowers runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
46
yds
02:26
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 27
Rushing 10 4
Passing 13 20
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 7-17 4-13
4th Down Conv 2-3 2-4
Total Net Yards 469 516
Total Plays 80 77
Avg Gain 5.9 6.7
Net Yards Rushing 208 91
Rush Attempts 48 34
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 2.7
Net Yards Passing 261 425
Comp. - Att. 23-32 32-43
Yards Per Pass 8.2 9.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 5-35
Penalties - Yards 5-50 3-35
Touchdowns 6 5
Rushing TDs 3 2
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 2 5
Fumbles - Lost 3-1 4-3
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 4-41.5 2-44.0
Return Yards 172 145
Punts - Returns 1-2 3-48
Kickoffs - Returns 4-102 4-97
Int. - Returns 2-68 1-0
Kicking 6/6 5/5
Extra Points 5/5 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234 OTT
South Florida 11-2 1514100746
South Carolina 6-7 0141015039
261 PASS YDS 425
208 RUSH YDS 91
469 TOTAL YDS 516
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.9% 261 2 1 154.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.9% 261 2 1 154.8
Q. Flowers 23/32 261 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 105 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 105 3
Q. Flowers 21 105 3 24
M. Mack 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 50 0
M. Mack 13 50 0 13
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
111 543 8
D. Johnson 11 27 0 11
R. Adams 87 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 231 5
R. Adams 3 26 0 18
J. Bayes 4 DE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
J. Bayes 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 95 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 293 5
D. Johnson 6 95 1 37
R. Adams 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 67 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
67 822 5
R. Adams 7 67 0 21
E. Dillon 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 35 1
E. Dillon 2 35 1 25
T. McCants 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 25 0
T. McCants 4 25 0 9
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 415 5
M. Valdes-Scantling 1 14 0 14
M. Wilcox 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 278 2
M. Wilcox 1 13 0 13
M. Mack 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
M. Mack 2 12 0 7
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. McGee 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 1.0
K. McGee 9-0 1.0 0
A. Sanchez 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
A. Sanchez 8-1 0.0 0
N. Godwin 36 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
N. Godwin 6-0 0.0 0
R. Hoggins 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
R. Hoggins 5-0 0.0 0
B. Hector 60 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
B. Hector 4-1 2.0 0
D. Abraham 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Abraham 4-0 0.0 1
J. Thomas 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
J. Thomas 4-0 1.0 0
T. Fullwood 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
T. Fullwood 4-1 0.0 1
D. Senat 10 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Senat 3-0 0.0 0
D. Nichols 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 4 0.0
D. Nichols 2-0 0.0 0
N. Harris 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Harris 2-0 0.0 0
K. Livingstone 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Livingstone 2-0 0.0 0
M. Love 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Love 1-0 1.0 0
D. Thomas 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
K. Bronson 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Bronson 1-0 0.0 0
J. Brown 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
J. Brown 0-2 0.0 0
J. Edwards 47 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Edwards 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Behr 45 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
3/6 23/23
B. Behr 1/1 21 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hernandez 44 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 0
J. Hernandez 4 41.5 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 32.0 46 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 28.9 46 0
D. Johnson 3 32.0 46 0
T. Fullwood 13 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
T. Fullwood 1 6.0 6 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 11.8 2 1
D. Johnson 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bentley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
74.4% 390 3 2 164.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.8% 1420 9 4 140.0
J. Bentley 32/43 390 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Dowdle 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 764 6
R. Dowdle 12 50 0 26
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 49 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 497 3
A. Turner 10 49 1 24
D. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 98 6
D. Samuel 1 4 1 4
J. Bentley 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 -15 0
J. Bentley 10 -9 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
14 190 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
59 783 1
D. Samuel 14 190 1 28
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 86 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 616 1
H. Hurst 6 86 1 25
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 71 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 590 4
B. Edwards 6 71 1 31
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 143 1
A. Turner 3 23 0 14
R. Dowdle 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 55 1
R. Dowdle 1 8 0 8
K. Crosby 3 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 217 4
K. Crosby 1 7 0 7
K. Banks 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
K. Banks 1 5 0 5
J. August 40 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. August 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 3 0.0
C. Lammons 7-0 0.0 0
T. Holloman 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
T. Holloman 7-0 0.0 0
D. Smith 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
D. Smith 6-1 0.0 0
S. Montac 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
S. Montac 6-0 0.0 0
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
R. Fenton 4-1 0.0 0
D. Sawyer 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Sawyer 4-1 0.0 0
C. Moody 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Moody 3-0 0.0 0
J. Walton 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Walton 3-1 0.0 0
T. Stallworth 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Stallworth 3-0 0.0 0
J. King 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
J. King 3-0 0.0 0
A. Wilder 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
A. Wilder 2-0 0.0 0
B. Allen-Williams 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
B. Allen-Williams 2-0 0.0 1
D. English 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. English 2-0 0.0 0
M. Lewis 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Lewis 2-0 0.0 0
T. Brunson 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Brunson 2-0 0.0 0
U. Jones 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
U. Jones 2-2 0.0 0
D. Wonnum 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Wonnum 1-1 0.0 0
K. Griffin 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Griffin 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Fry 29 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
13/17 31/31
E. Fry 1/1 43 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Almond 85 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 44.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 44.0 0
M. Almond 2 44.0 0 48
S. Kelly 13 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 40.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
73 42.5 0
S. Kelly 1 40.0 0 0
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 24.3 37 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 26.9 37 1
D. Samuel 4 24.3 37 0
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 24.0 0 0
R. Fenton 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.0 39 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 7.9 39 0
C. Lammons 3 16.0 39 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 SFLA 46 1:10 4 7
12:51 SC 46 2:26 7 46 TD
8:35 SFLA 20 4:09 11 80 TD
2:15 SFLA 21 1:49 7 47 FUMBLE
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:02 SFLA 23 3:22 10 77 TD
7:01 SFLA 12 1:11 3 5 Punt
1:07 SFLA 32 1:00 8 68 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:55 SFLA 36 3:43 11 -1 FG
4:11 SFLA 2 2:06 4 2 Punt
0:22 SFLA 34 0:17 2 5
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SC 48 0:57 2 6 INT
9:35 SFLA 19 2:50 6 12 Punt
4:19 SFLA 1 1:23 4 97 TD
1:04 SFLA 31 0:24 3 9
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
SC 25 1 25 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 SC 47 0:33 2 3 INT
10:21 SC 23 1:41 3 9 Punt
4:20 SC 24 1:56 4 17 Punt
0:16 SC 19 0:00 1 10
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SC 29 0:58 3 71 TD
10:40 SC 25 3:33 8 63
5:38 SC 27 4:26 10 73 TD
0:02 SC 26 0:00 1 -3
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 SC 35 2:59 8 65 TD
7:57 SC 37 0:39 2 -7 INT
7:06 SFLA 44 2:51 9 38
1:54 SFLA 27 1:26 4 -38 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:55 SC 23 4:14 9 66 TD
6:33 SC 29 2:06 6 70
2:45 SFLA 2 1:34 3 2 TD
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
SFLA 25 6 -60 FUMBLE