Flowers, McCants shine as South Florida holds off SMU 35-27

SMU wide receiver James Proche (3) catches a pass for a touchdown as South Florida defensive back Johnny Ward (24) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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DALLAS (AP) Quinton Flowers passed for 195 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 142 yards, and South Florida tied a program record for wins with a 35-27 victory over SMU on Saturday night.

South Florida (9-2, 4-1 American) held off a late charge from the Mustangs, who turned it over on downs with 1:25 left to play. SMU had fourth-and-1 at the Bulls 14, but Braeden West, who carried 29 times for 120 yards, was stopped short of the line to gain.

The Bulls have won nine games three times in previous seasons, most recently in 2007.

Flowers threw touchdown passes of 77 and 65 yards on the Bulls' first plays of the first and second halves, respectively. His 77-yard hookup with Marquez Valdes-Scantling was on the game's opening play, and the 65-yard connection to Tyrell McCants gave South Florida a 28-14 lead with 13:40 left in the third quarter.

McCants finished with three catches for 105 yards and two scores.

Courtland Sutton set a program single-game record with 252 yards receiving for SMU (5-6, 2-3). He caught 13 passes, two for touchdowns.