|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Memphis Tigers secured a ten-win season on Monday as they beat the BYU Cougars 55-48 in double overtime in the first ever Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park in Miami. However, the tensions in the game ran very high and led to a brawl after the game. The Tigers were held as -2 favorites for the game.
The game itself was already extremely intense as the Cougars had a 28-24 lead at the half. Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch had two rushing touchdowns while Cougars quarterback Christian Stewart had three passing touchdowns.
The Tigers had a 14-0 advantage in the third as Lynch had another rushing touchdown. The Cougars then got seventeen unanswered points in the fourth. Zac Stout had a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Tigers forced the game into overtime as Lynch had a touchdown pass to Keiwone Malone with less than a minute to go.
There were plenty of tensions between the two sides during the regulation period as both quarterbacks had three interceptions. In addition, the Tigers lost two fumbles while the Cougars lost one of their own.
The first overtime featured the two sides exchanging field goals. Memphis' Jake Elliott's field goal was 54 yards in length while Trevor Samson of BYU had a 45-yard field goal.
In the second overtime, Lynch had a touchdown pass to Roderick Proctor. The Tigers secured the win as DaShaughn Terry grabbed an interception.
After the game, the two sides streamed onto the field with plenty of emotions in mind. A number of players were caught fighting and swinging at each other while plenty of verbal abuse was exchanged between everyone. This was the result of two teams that had been at each other all day long with the emotions being very strong.
For Memphis, who got their first ten-win year since 1938, Paxton Lynch had 306 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and three interceptions.
For BYU, Christian Stewart had 348 passing yards plus three touchdowns and three interceptions. Algernon Brown also had 79 rushing yards for the game.