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USF Bulls ride quarterback Quentin Flowers to win over UCF

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Quinton Flowers threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the USF Bulls finished their season strongly.

USF beat the Central Florida Knights 44-3 Thursday night, their eighth win in their final nine games. UCF fell to 0-12.

The Bulls were barely challenged by UCF after the Knights took a 3-0 lead. UCF ran for only 87 yards and threw for only 116 in the defeat. The Bulls had 455 yards of total offense compared to 203 for UCF.

USF scored 17 in the second period and 16 in the third to win their route. With their 44 points against the Knights, USF had 153 in their last three games.

The Bulls still have a chance to win the American Athletic Conference East Division if UConn can upset Temple on Saturday.

For the night, Flowers hit 14 of 19 passes for 176 yards and ran for 87 yards. Teammate Marlon Mack had 101 yards, his eighth 100-yard  game of the season. The Knights were led by Tre’Quan Smith, who caught seven passes for 102 yards.

Central Florida immediately turns its attention to its coaching search. USF (8-4 after a 1-3 start) will prepare for the AAC title game or a bowl game.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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