By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tigers won 25-10 over the Owls in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 8-3 on the season under first-year head coach Ryan Silverfield. The Owls fell to 5-4 under first-year head coach Willie Taggart.
Ironically, it was the former Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, who replaced Taggart at Florida State in December 2019. After being fired by FSU, Taggart landed on his feet at Florida Atlantic.
Tigers quarterback Brady White won his first bowl game with this win. Before coming to Memphis, White played for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Memphis snapped a five-game Bowl losing streak. Their last Bowl win before Wednesday night came in a 55-48 win over the BYU Cougars in the Miami Beach Bowl under former head coach Justin Fuente.
This was the second Bowl game between the two teams. FAU defeated Memphis in the 2007 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in a 44-27 win.
White went 22 of 34 for 284 yards. He had three touchdown passes and one interception.
Asa Martin had 15 carries for 96 yards. Javon Ivory had seven receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown.
Owls quarterback Nick Tronti went 16 of 32 for 146 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.
James Charles had 16 carries for 82 yards. Brandon Robinson had four receptions for 39 yards.
Ivory, Calvin Austin III, and Joseph Dorceus caught a touchdown reception for the Tigers. Following Dorceus’ touchdown, John Hassell converted a two-point conversion.
Kicker Riley Patterson also made a field goal.
TJ Chase caught the Owls lone touchdown reception. Kicker Vladimir Rivas made a field goal.
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