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Highlights, key plays and photos from Utah State’s bowl loss to Memphis

The Aggies were pummeled in the First Responder Bowl by the Tigers, 38-10.

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Memphis running back Jevyon Ducker (8) runs with the ball during the first half of the First Responders Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas.

Sam Hodde, AP

Editor’s note: The Deseret News is providing live coverage from Tuesday’s First Responder Bowl between Utah State and Memphis. Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final

Memphis 38, Utah State 10


4th Quarter

Memphis 38, Utah State 10

1:31

  • Memphis intercepts its third pass of the game — one from each Aggie quarterback to see the field. Defensive back Joel Williams made the pick in the end zone, as everything goes Memphis’ way.

3:16

  • Memphis running back Jevyon Ducker breaks loose for a 48-yard touchdown run, pushing the Tigers’ lead to an impressive 28 points. Memphis has dominated the game and Ducker’s score is the exclamation point.

5:10

  • Bishop Davenport is intercepted, after leading the Aggies deep into Memphis territory. Sylvonta Oliver with his second pick of the game, this one returned 35 yards near midfield.

7:22

  • Memphis scores again, all but ending the game on a one-yard rush by Jevyon Ducker. The Aggies made multiple goal line stops, but the Tigers would not be denied. Memphis drove 47-yards in seven plays (after recovering an onside kick by USU).

11:04

  • Utah State scores its first touchdown of the day, a 44-yard touchdown pass from Bishop Davenport to wide receiver Brain Cobbs. It was Davenport’s first passing touchdown of his career and Cobbs’ fifth touchdown reception this season.

3rd Quarter

  • Legas is out for the remainder of the game, having completed 7 of 12 pass attempts for 34 yards and an interception, while also rushing for 25 yards on 12 carries (he was sacked four times).
  • The Aggies’ defense has five sacks and 13 tackles for loss, season highs each.
  • Memphis has out-gained USU 326 yards to 135. The Aggies have had little semblance of a passing game (36 yards) but have rushed for 99 yards, led by Calvin Tyler Jr., with 68.

Memphis 24, Utah State 3

3:58

  • USU defensive end Daniel Grzesiak forces a fumble by Seth Henigan (on a sack), which is recovered by defensive end Byron Vaughns, giving the Aggies the ball at the Memphis 36-yard line.

10:41

  • Utah State turns to backup quarterback Bishop Davenport after Cooper Legas is helped off the field with a right ankle/foot injury suffered during a sack by Memphis’ James Stewart.

13:31

  • Things are not getting better for USU to start the second half. Cooper Legas throws into double coverage and is intercepted by Memphis defensive back Sylvonta Oliver. Memphis once again has excellent field position, at the USU 48-yard line.

2nd Quarter

  • Memphis dominated the second quarter, blowing the game wide open in its favor with 21 unanswered points.
  • The Tigers have gained 273 yards on offense, compared to just 89 for the Aggies. Memphis has been particularly effective in the passing game, with 217 yards and three touchdowns.
  • The Aggies started the game living in the Tigers’ backfield — USU has two sacks and eight tackles for loss — but Memphis flipped the script and now has three sacks and five TFLs.

Memphis 24, Utah State 3

0:24

  • Memphis throws its third touchdown of the second quarter, the third touchdown pass by quarterback Seth Henigan. He found tight end Caden Preiskorn for a three-yard touchdown, capping off a 10-play, 52-yard drive. The Tigers have now scored on four consecutive drives, after being handled by the Aggies’ defense early in the game.

2:56

  • The Tigers make the Aggies pay for the inability to move the ball on offense, with another passing touchdown. Lewis scores his second touchdown of the game, this one 22-yard strike from Henigan. The Tigers have out-gained the Aggies 221 yards to 92, and have 175 passing yards compared to just 32 for USU. Henigan has thrown for 175 yards and two touchdowns while Lewis has four receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

5:22

  • Memphis forces Utah State to turn the ball over on downs, after the Aggies elect to go for it on fourth down. USU quarterback Cooper Legas tried to find wide receiver Brian Cobbs, but the pass was incomplete and the Tigers will take over at midfield.

7:24

  • Memphis scores the first touchdown of the game, on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Seth Henigan to wide receiver Eddie Lewis. The Tigers drove 72-yards in eight plays and Henigan has now completed 8 of 13 pass attempts for 138 yards and a touchdown.

12:13

  • USU kicker Connor Coles knots the game up at three points apiece with a 53-yard field goal. The Aggies drove 37 yards in nine plays before Coles’ make, new career-long for the senior kicker (his previous best was 52 yards and he is now 2 for 4 from 50-plus yards this season).

1st Quarter

  • Utah State goes scoreless in the first quarter for the fifth time this season (also failed to score against UConn, Alabama, Wyoming and Boise State).
  • Through one quarter, USU has two sacks, six tackles for loss and two pass breakups.
  • Memphis has 94 yards of total offense, compared to 73 for Utah State.

Memphis 3, Utah State 0

1:05

  • The Aggies bent, allowing Memphis to drive inside the 10-yard line, but a series of defensive stops — a pass breakup by cornerback Michael Anyanwu’s pass breakup among them — forced the Tigers into a field goal attempt. Memphis kicker Chris Howard nailed the 26-yard try, giving Memphis the first points of the game. Memphis drove 64 yards in 12 plays, doing most of its damage through the air.

6:19

  • Through the opening four possessions of the game, neither offense has had much success. Memphis reeled off a couple of big plays on its opening drive, but USU’s defensive line put an end to that with three subsequent tackles for loss. The two teams have combined for only 60 yards of total offense thus far, including one rushing yard.

Pregame prep

Here are a few stories to get ready for Utah State’s bowl game against Memphis: