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Memphis earns 10th win with 55-48 victory in overtime over BYU


The outcome wasn’t decided after 60 minutes of football, it wasn’t even decided after the first overtime. But, thanks to an outstanding game from sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch, Memphis won the inaugural Miami Beach bowl.

Lynch tallied seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing, and prevented Memphis from suffering an embarrassing collapse after leading by double digits twice and win in double overtime 55-48.

Memphis kicker knocked in a pair of field goals, including a 54 yarder that sent the game into a second overtime.

"This is probably the craziest game, most emotional game I've ever been a part of," said Lynch, the first player at the FBS level with at least four TD throws and three TD runs in a game since Clemson's Tajh Boyd in 2012.

The Tigers were able to convert on two fourth downs, including one on the final drive of regulation that tied the game on a touchdown pass to Keiwone Malone.

While the game presented plenty of action itself, the post game was just as wild. A brawl ensued on the field after Memphis sealed the win with an interception and video showed players punching and bleeding post game.

"You want them to rise above that and have fantastic sportsmanship," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I'm sure if you go back and look, there'll be an instance or two that ignited. Probably the majority wanted to handle it really well."

This marked the 12th straight loss for BYU when they were down by double figures and was the first 10 win season for Memphis since 1938.

The loss pushes BYU to 0-7 in games in the state of Florida.


By Nikolai Gionti
DFN Sports Guest Writer

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