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Birmingham Bowl: Memphis Tigers defeat the Auburn Tigers

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The Auburn Tigers (6-6) will face the Memphis Tigers (9-3) at noon in the Birmingham Bowl. They kick off on ESPN from historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

This is the 10th version of the Birmingham Bowl. The SEC won last year’s meeting between the Southeastern Conference and the American Athletic Conference when the Florida Gators defeated the East Carolina Pirates.

The Memphis Tigers will defeat the Auburn Tigers, 29-14. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.

The Memphis Tigers led in time of possession with 32:49. The Auburn Tigers had the ball for 27:11.

Auburn had 349 yards, while Memphis had 402.

Memphis star quarterback Paxton Lynch went 23-of-30 for 293 yards and a touchdown. It wouldn’t be surprising if this is Lynch’s final collegiate game, as he’s ranked as the top quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.

His counterparts, Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson and Sean White played in the game. Johnson went 16-of-29 for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception. White went 3-of-7 for 26 yards.

Auburn was led in rushing by Jovon Robinson, who had 93-yards. Peyton Barber had 38-yards, while Roc Thomas and Kerryon Johnson had 11-yards each. Ricardo Louis had seven-yards, while White had -7-yards and Johnson had -17-yards.

Thomas led the receiving corps with 62-yards. Melvin Ray had 35-yards, while Marcus Davis had 34-yards and Louis had 31-yards. Johnson had 25-yards, while Jason Smith added 16-yards and Tony Stevens had nine-yards. Barber had a yard.

Robert Davis led Memphis in rushing with 60-yards, while Jarvis Cooper had 43-yards and a touchdown. Doroland Dorceus had 18-yards and Lynch had -12-yards.

Mose Frazier had 67-yards, while Roderick Proctor added 50-yards and Daniel Montiel had 46-yards. Phil Mayhue added 44-yards and Alan Cross had 34-yards. Dorceus added 30-yards and Anthony Miller had 22-yards.

Memphis’ defense had four sacks and an interception. Shareef White, Noah Robinson, Leonard Pegues, and Curtis Atkins each had a sack, while Robinson also had the interception.

While Memphis had four sacks, Auburn did then one better with five sacks. Johnathan Ford, Montravius Adams, Andrew Williams, Maurice Swain and Kris Frost each had a sack.

Elliott had two second half field goals. His first one came with 6:35 in the third quarter when he made a 26-yarder.

He made a 37-yard field goal with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter to make it 29-14.

Louis caught a 12-yard touchdown from Johnson for Auburn’s second touchdown with 2:09 in the third.

Johnson scored on a 5-yard run to get Auburn on the board to make it 20-7 with 3:50 remaining in the first half. Then, Elliott made another field goal, a 42-yarder with 55 seconds left to make it 23-7.

Memphis got out to a 20-0 lead. After a 42-yard field goal by Jake Elliott, Lynch hit Cross for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 10-0.

Cooper then scored on a 40-yard run to make it 17-0. Then, Elliott made a 35-yard field goal to make it 20-0.

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