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Flowers 516 yards lead South Florida to 37-20 win at UConn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) South Florida coach Charlie Strong doesn't believe his quarterback gets enough national attention.

Quinton Flowers' performance Saturday would be hard to ignore. The senior threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 131 yards as USF bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 37-20 win over UConn.

Flowers' 516 total yards are program record for the Bulls (8-1, 5-1 American Athletic Conference).

''I just don't think he gets all the credit that he deserves,'' Strong said. ''Look at tonight; look what he did. It's kind of like it gets hidden because everyone expects that from him all the time.''

Flowers hit receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling six times for 152 yards and a 95-yard touchdown.

The senior quarterback's statistics would have been better, but his receivers dropped several passes, including one by Valdes-Scantling that would have gone for a 35-yard touchdown.

Flowers came back to him on the first play of the next drive. Valdes-Scantling caught an out pattern at the South Florida 15-yard line and raced past UConn defenders down the right sideline for the score.

''Coach still believed in me, the quarterback still believed in me and said let's give you another shot,'' Valdes-Scantling said. ''He came right back to me and I made a play.''

Bryant Shirreffs threw for 133 yards and a touchdown for UConn (3-6, 2-4), before leaving the game with a concussion early in the fourth quarter. UConn freshman running back Kevin Mensah had 95 yards rushing, including a 23-yard touchdown run.

The game originally was scheduled for Sept. 9, but postponed so the Bulls would not be travelling during the approach of Hurricane Irma.

THE TAKEAWAY

USF: Flowers is responsible for 100 career touchdowns (61 passing, 39 rushing), including 24 this season (15 passing, nine rushing). He becomes the seventh FBS player to pass for more than 7,000 yards and rush for 3,000, and the fourth player in AAC history to have a 500-yard day.

''When I first committed to the University of South Florida, this school was 2-8,'' Flowers said. ''I always had dream, go to the school and change the program and I'm here and I'm doing it now.''

UConn: The Huskies did nothing to improve their status as one of the nation's worst defensive teams. UConn came in giving up an average of more than 548 yards a game. That includes just under 378 yards through the air, more than any other FBS team. They would have to win out to become bowl eligible.

''I thought our matchups going into the game were a little bit better, because they run the ball,'' said UConn coach Randy Edsall. ''And then the second half they come out and they started throwing it. And that's been a little bit of a problem for us.''

KICKING IT:

USF kicker Emilio Nadelman hit field goals from 38, 25 and 51 yards, a career long, without a miss. He has made 25 of his last 28 kick attempts.

PICKING IT:

USF defensive back Deatrick Nichols picked off a second-quarter pass at the South Florida 11-yard line that went through the hands of wide receiver Aaron McLean. It was the 17th interception this season for the Bulls, who came into the game leading the nation in that category.

TOUCHDOWN TOMMY:

Shirreffs rolled out and hit tight end Tommy Myers on a fourth down from the 2-yard line in the second quarter for UConn's first score. It was just the second touchdown for a UConn tight end this season, and Myers' first since September, 2015. It was the final game at home for the senior, whose father also played football at UConn and whose mother played basketball at the school.

UP NEXT:

South Florida: The Bulls host Tulsa on Nov. 16, before their showdown on Nov. 24 with rival UCF. USF controls its own fate in the race for the conference championship.

UConn: The Huskies travel to face No. 15 UCF next Saturday, before heading to Fenway Park for a game with regional rival Boston College.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 6:24
5-D.Pindell incomplete. Intended for 9-T.Davis.
plays
yds
pos
37
20
Touchdown 6:24
5-D.Pindell runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
74
yds
03:53
pos
37
20
Field Goal 10:27
35-E.Nadelman 51 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
70
yds
03:32
pos
37
14
Point After TD 14:07
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
14
Touchdown 14:07
34-K.Mensah runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
58
yds
00:07
pos
34
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:17
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
7
Touchdown 0:17
9-Q.Flowers complete to 11-M.Valdes-Scantling. 11-M.Valdes-Scantling runs 95 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
95
yds
00:13
pos
33
7
Point After TD 2:58
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
7
Touchdown 2:58
9-Q.Flowers complete to 2-D.Johnson. 2-D.Johnson runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
76
yds
03:27
pos
26
7
Field Goal 10:47
35-E.Nadelman 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
68
yds
04:09
pos
20
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:21
35-E.Nadelman 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
69
yds
03:43
pos
17
7
Point After TD 7:10
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 7:10
4-B.Shirreffs complete to 80-T.Myers. 80-T.Myers runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
63
yds
05:24
pos
14
6
Point After TD 12:40
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 12:40
9-Q.Flowers complete to 89-M.Wilcox. 89-M.Wilcox runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
84
yds
00:00
pos
13
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:46
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 7:48
2-D.Johnson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
69
yds
2:05
pos
6
0
Touchdown 7:46
9-Q.Flowers runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
84
yds
02:14
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 28 22
Rushing 12 7
Passing 15 12
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 9-14 7-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 592 302
Total Plays 77 69
Avg Gain 7.7 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 217 148
Rush Attempts 40 41
Avg Rush Yards 5.4 3.6
Net Yards Passing 375 154
Comp. - Att. 24-37 21-28
Yards Per Pass 10.1 5.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 4-22
Penalties - Yards 11-100 2-20
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 1-41.0 5-34.0
Return Yards 77 172
Punts - Returns 1-12 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-65 6-172
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 7/7 2/2
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
South Florida 8-1 71017337
Connecticut 3-6 0701320
375 PASS YDS 154
217 RUSH YDS 148
592 TOTAL YDS 302
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.9% 385 3 1 173.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.1% 1955 15 4 138.3
Q. Flowers 24/37 385 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 131 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
145 751 9
Q. Flowers 16 131 0 21
D. Tice 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
145 780 9
D. Tice 16 54 0 13
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 30 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 631 7
D. Johnson 7 30 1 23
D. Antoine 14 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 60 0
D. Antoine 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 152 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 720 5
M. Valdes-Scantling 6 152 1 95
T. McCants 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 89 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 346 3
T. McCants 6 89 0 38
T. Alaka 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 203 1
T. Alaka 4 61 0 25
D. Salomon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 282 2
D. Salomon 4 51 0 15
M. Wilcox 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 90 1
M. Wilcox 1 12 1 12
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 89 2
D. Johnson 1 11 1 11
D. Tice 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
D. Tice 1 8 0 8
E. Dillon 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 63 0
E. Dillon 1 1 0 1
D. Antoine 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 168 1
D. Antoine 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Abraham 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 4 0.0
D. Abraham 10-0 0.0 0
N. Sawtelle 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 2 0.5
N. Sawtelle 8-2 0.5 0
J. Thomas 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
J. Thomas 8-2 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 1 0.0
R. Hoggins 5-0 0.0 0
M. Love 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
M. Love 4-0 1.0 0
D. Senat 10 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Senat 3-1 0.0 0
K. Pinkney 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Pinkney 2-0 0.0 0
J. Black 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Black 2-0 0.0 0
G. Reaves 41 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
G. Reaves 2-1 0.0 0
M. Wilkins 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
M. Wilkins 2-0 0.0 0
K. Livingstone 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
K. Livingstone 2-0 1.0 0
B. Hector 60 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.5
B. Hector 1-3 1.5 0
D. Salomon 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Salomon 1-0 0.0 0
D. Nichols 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 3 0.0
D. Nichols 1-1 0.0 1
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
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
K. Kegler 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Kegler 1-0 0.0 0
A. Sanchez 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 2 0.0
A. Sanchez 0-3 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Nadelman 35 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
18/21 40/43
E. Nadelman 3/3 51 4/4 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hernandez 44 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 41.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
48 43.5 0
J. Hernandez 1 41.0 0 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. McCants 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 19.2 24 0
T. McCants 2 22.5 24 0
M. Hampton 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
M. Hampton 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Fullwood 13 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 14.1 12 0
T. Fullwood 1 12.0 12 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Shirreffs 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.9% 133 1 1 128.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.8% 2287 14 5 153.6
B. Shirreffs 17/23 133 1 1
D. Pindell 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 37 0 0 152.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.8% 222 0 1 94.7
D. Pindell 3/4 37 0 0
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 6 0 0 150.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 6 0 0 75.2
Q. Skanes 1/1 6 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Mensah 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 95 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 369 3
K. Mensah 22 95 1 23
B. Shirreffs 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
90 200 0
B. Shirreffs 11 28 0 20
D. Pindell 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 51 1
D. Pindell 3 19 1 10
J. Thompson 48 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 27 0
J. Thompson 2 3 0 3
R. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
R. Williams 1 3 0 3
K. Dixon 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 31 0
K. Dixon 1 2 0 2
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
Q. Skanes 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Mayala 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 503 5
H. Mayala 4 45 0 16
A. McLean 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 340 1
A. McLean 3 44 0 18
M. Donaldson 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 198 2
M. Donaldson 1 22 0 22
K. Mensah 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 83 0
K. Mensah 4 22 0 15
T. Davis 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 134 0
T. Davis 3 17 0 8
K. Dixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 231 1
K. Dixon 1 15 0 15
B. Shirreffs 4 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
B. Shirreffs 1 6 0 6
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 274 1
Q. Skanes 2 5 0 7
T. Myers 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 28 1
T. Myers 1 2 1 2
T. Beals 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 234 0
T. Beals 0 0 0 0
J. Thompson 48 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
J. Thompson 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Joseph 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
J. Joseph 9-0 0.0 0
T. Coyle 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
T. Coyle 7-0 0.0 0
V. Diggs 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
V. Diggs 6-0 0.0 0
F. Fatukasi 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
F. Fatukasi 5-0 0.0 0
B. Brown 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
B. Brown 5-1 0.0 0
T. Bell 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
T. Bell 4-0 0.0 1
M. Terry 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Terry 3-1 0.0 0
D. Beavers 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Beavers 3-0 0.0 0
C. Britton 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Britton 2-0 0.0 0
J. Swann 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
J. Swann 2-1 0.0 0
C. Stapleton 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Stapleton 1-0 1.0 0
P. Okounam 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Okounam 1-0 0.0 0
K. Murphy 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Murphy 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Tarbutt 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
7/11 23/24
M. Tarbutt 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Graham 81 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 34.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 39.2 3
B. Graham 5 34.0 3 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 28.7 42 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 24.8 42 0
Q. Skanes 6 28.7 42 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 UCONN 41 1:14 3 0 Punt
10:00 SFLA 31 2:14 8 69 TD
6:12 SFLA 17 1:51 7 19 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:25 SFLA 16 0:00 7 84 TD
7:04 SFLA 10 3:43 8 69 FG
0:41 SFLA 11 0:04 2 9 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 SFLA 24 4:09 12 68 FG
6:25 SFLA 24 3:27 10 76 TD
0:30 SFLA 5 0:13 1 95 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 SFLA 21 3:32 12 70 FG
6:22 SFLA 48 5:42 10 52 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UCONN 25 1:27 3 -2 Punt
12:06 UCONN 20 1:56 5 25 Punt
7:46 UCONN 25 1:28 4 7 Punt
4:07 UCONN 36 3:36 9 23 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 UCONN 42 5:24 13 58 TD
3:10 UCONN 36 2:25 8 -25 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:38 UCONN 21 4:09 11 55 Downs
2:54 UCONN 26 2:13 5 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:17 UCONN 27 0:07 5 58 TD
10:17 UCONN 31 3:53 11 69 TD
0:32 UCONN 20 0:00 1 3 Game