Flowers has career game against UConn

by Gary Shelton on November 5, 2017 · 0 comments

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Flowers had 516 yards of total offense./CARMEN MANDATO

Flowers had 516 yards of total offense./CARMEN MANDATO

Sunday, 3 a.m.

As far as streaks go, USF started over Saturday afternoon.

As far as the guy leading the streaking, however, it was the same familiar face.

Hey. Didn't you used to be Quinton Flowers?

Flowers, who has sputtered for most of the season, had a career game against UConn. He threw for 385 yards, his most ever, and he ran for 131 yards on 16 carries.

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Marquez Valdes-Scanting had 152 yards in receptions./CARMEN MANDATO

Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 152 yards in receptions./CARMEN MANDATO

In all, Flowers had 516 yards of total offense and led the Bulls to 602 yards in a 37-20 victory.

"You look at the job Quinton did with 385 yards passing, three touchdowns and 131 yards rushing,” USF coach Charlie Strong said. “Then you look at Valdes, he had five catches for 152, but the big one he dropped. I said, 'You could have had over 200 yards receiving.' Just overall, even on defense, you had some guys making a lot of tackles and making a lot of plays. We had a big fourth-down stop. I'm just proud to see us bounce back after last week."

Before last week's loss to Houston, the Bulls had the NCAA's longest winning streak with 12 straight games. They had 23 games in a row of scoring 30 points or more.

This, however, was the good times again. USF built a 34-7 lead.

Flowers threw touchdown passes of 12 yards to Mitchell Wilcox, 11 yards to D'Ernest Johnson and 95 yards to Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

"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 has now led the Bulls to 100 touchdowns (61 passing, 39 rushing.) He's the seventh player in FBS history to account for 7,000 yards passing and 3,000 yard rushing.

Flowers has 690 yards passing the last two weeks.

"With their corners, they were playing very far off," Strong said. "They didn’t want to give us a big home run ball, so they backed off of us. And Q did a really good job of throwing the ball tonight. You think about last week, a lot of those throws were high, they were outside, they were low.

"But tonight he put it on ’em."

At 8-1, it is possible that USF could rejoin the AP Top 25.

Strong saw his team snap back after loss./STEVE MUNCIE

Strong saw his team snap back after loss./JEFFREY S. KING




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