TAMPA - USF quarterback Quinton Flowers passed for two touchdowns and ran for three more as the Bulls had 316 yards rushing and defeated the UConn football team by a 42-27 score on Saturday night before a crowd of 30,297 at Raymond James Stadium.
USF improves to 6-3 on the season and 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference while the Huskies are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the league.
The Huskies trailed 14-3 at the half, but scored two touchdowns in the first 2:22 of the second half to take a 17-14 lead. Both TDs came off of turnover forced by the Husky defense.
The first TD came on a 70-yard pass from redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) to junior running back Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.). The 70-yard completion was the longest of Shirreffs' career. That TD was setup by an interception from senior redshirt safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.).
UConn took the lead on a four-yard TD run by Newsome that was setup by a USF fumble at its own 26 that was forced by redshirt junior linebacker E.J. Levenberry (Woodbridge, Va.) and recovered by Melifonwu. USF took the lead for good on an eight-yard TD run by Flowers with 5:30 to go in the third quarter. Newsome led UConn in rushing with 72 yards while Shirreffs was 22 of 39 for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) had 12 receptions.
Flowers was 22 of 37 in the air with two interceptions and rushed for 160 yards. Running back Marlon Mack added 107 yards of rushing and one TD.
UConn returns to action on Saturday when it plays host to UCF for Homecoming at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Game time is noon with television coverage by ESPNews and on the radio on the UConn IMG Sports Network.