EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Quinton Flowers had a career day, throwing for 385 yards and three touchdowns and running for 131 yards as South Florida 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).
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught six passes for 152 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown in the third quarter that saw him catch the ball at the Bull’s 15-yard line and race past UConn defenders down the right sideline.
Flowers’ 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.
Bryant Shirreffs threw for 133 yards and a touchdown for UConn (3-6, 2-4), before leaving the game with what appeared to be a head injury 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.
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.
UConn: The Huskies 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.
USF: 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.