The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the University of South Florida Bulls will face off Saturday, December 23rd at the Birmingham Bowl at legendary Legion Field.
Texas Tech comes into the game 6-6 (3-6 in Big 12) on the 2017 campaign. The Red Raiders signature win came against the Texas Longhorns during rivalry weekend. Senior quarterback Nic Shimonek came off the bench to throw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Baston to give the Red Raiders a 27-23 lead with 1:47 left in the game.
“Most of them have not spent much time outside of the state of Texas and experienced that southern hospitality and the history of Birmingham,” Texas Tech Head Coach Cliff Kingsbury said December 7th during the bowl’s introductory press conference. “Legion Field is going to be incredible for them.”
The Red Raiders will make its second bowl appearance in Birmingham. Texas Tech defeated then No. 20 Duke 49-21 in what was then called the All-American Bowl back in 1989. It marks the first time Texas Tech will appear in the Birmingham Bowl, which was created back in 2006 and usually pits teams from the American Athletic Conference and Southeastern Conference.
Quinton Flowers, has thrown for 2,600 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. The 6-foot, 210-pound senior also leads the team in rushing, notching 972 yards and 10 scores on the year. He had a dynamic performance last year’s game and is looking to rubber-stamp his legacy for USF.
USF enters the game coming off a 49-42 loss to intrastate rival Central Florida. The Bulls are 9-2 this season and finished second in the American Athletic Conference.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Coach Kingsbury,” Strong said. “When I was in the Big 12, Texas Tech was always a team that gave you a lot of issues, a lot of problems because they can spread the ball out. They can score at any time on the field.”
Kickoff between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the South Florida Bulls is 12:00 P.M. Eastern (11 A.M. Central Time) Saturday, December 23 at Legion Field.