The University of South Florida Bulls defeated the University South Carolina Gamecocks 46-39 in overtime in a heart-stopping thriller at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The game was a tale of two halves. In the first half, USF quarterback Quinton Flowers was unstoppable. The Miami native accounted for four touchdowns and 267 yards during the first thirty minutes. South Carolina seemingly had no answers for interim head coach T.J. Weist’s up-tempo offense.
The Gamecocks were down 39-21 with 7:06 to go in the 3rd quarter following Bulls Safety Tajee Fullwood intercepted South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley and returned it 47 yards to the house. The Gamecocks battled valiantly, scoring 18 unanswered points and forcing the game into overtime.
In overtime, South Florida got the ball first. Flowers hooked up with his tight end Elkanah Dillon on a 25 yard strike in the back of the end zone. Initially, Flowers had nobody open until Dillon broke free from the Carolina zone and caught the touchdown pass in the back right corner of the end zone.
The Bulls defense stopped the Gamecocks on downs and came away with an emotional win for coach Weist. The former co-offensive coordinator of the Bulls said this game meant so much for his players.
New South Florida Head Coach Charlie Strong attended today’s game and he watched the game from the South Florida sideline. Quarterback Quinton Flowers said in his post game press conference that he has not talked with Strong regarding plans for the Bulls’s offense next season.
The South Florida Bulls finished the season 11-2 while the Gamecocks finished the 2016 campaign 6-7.