MIAMI — They battled for 60 minutes, afterwards again for dual overtimes and literally fought after a final play.
And for Memphis, a outcome was a win 76 years in a making.
Paxton Lynch threw 4 touchdown passes and rushed for 3 some-more scores, Jake Elliott kicked a 54-yard margin idea to finish a initial additional event and Memphis squandered a span of double-digit leads before rallying to flog Brigham Young, 55-48, in a initial Miami Beach Bowl on Monday.
“It wasn’t always pretty,” Memphis Coach Justin Fuente said.
No, yet it was noted — mostly for a right reasons, yet also for a stage that got out of palm during a end.
Roderick Proctor held an 11-yard pass from Lynch to put Memphis adult in a second overtime, and from there things only got worse for BYU.
After DaShaughn Terry hermetic a win by picking off a pass from BYU quarterback Christian Stewart in a second overtime, tensions and emotions took over. Dozens of people from both sidelines spilled toward a center of a field, many punching and grabbing. Cameras held BYU defensive behind Kai Nacua — who had blood streaming from his face — entrance from behind to punch in a conduct Memphis parsimonious finish Alan Cross, who was being calm by someone from a Tigers’ staff.
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“You wish them to arise above that and have illusory sportsmanship,” BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “I’m certain if we go behind and look, there’ll be an instance or dual that ignited. Probably a infancy wanted to hoop it unequivocally well.”
There was no evident word on any disciplinary movement from possibly team.
Lynch threw for 306 yards and a 4 touchdowns, including a five-yarder to Keiwone Malone with 45 seconds left in law — on fourth and four, his second fourth-down acclimatisation on a Tigers’ final expostulate of regulation. And Lynch pronounced following that Malone wasn’t even a dictated receiver.
“This is substantially a craziest game, many romantic diversion I’ve ever been a partial of,” pronounced Lynch, a initial actor during a Football Bowl Subdivision turn with during slightest 4 touchdown throws and 3 scoring runs in a diversion given Clemson’s Tajh Boyd in 2012.
Here’s some-more craziness: Elliott’s 54-yard flog was a longest margin idea in overtime during a FBS level, according to STATS. And afterwards Lynch generated his seventh touchdown for a contingent winner.
“Amazing,” Memphis linebacker Charles Harris said.
Malone held dual touchdown passes for a Tigers (10-3), who won their initial play diversion given 2005 and reached double digits in wins for a initial time given 1938. The 10 wins this deteriorate compare Memphis’ sum from a prior 4 seasons combined.
“We done history,” Malone said.
Stewart upheld for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns for BYU (8-5), that finished with a same record for a third true deteriorate and fell to 0-7 all-time in a state of Florida.
The Cougars rallied from 10-point deficits twice to take a lead, yet couldn’t reason either. BYU has now mislaid 12 true games in that it trailed during some indicate by double figures.
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“I was sitting there in a showering replaying in my mind only all of a missed opportunities with guys open or only missed opportunities that we had,” Stewart said. “We played a good adequate diversion to win this. we feel we missed a few pivotal throws that unequivocally could have hermetic a understanding for us.”
The teams total for 4 touchdowns in a initial 8 mins and Memphis led 24-14 early in a second quarter, before BYU rallied with dual scores in a final 4 mins 55 seconds to take a 28-24 lead during intermission.
“Nothing was conservative, from a start,” Mendenhall said.
Memphis non-stop a second half with a 13-play, 71-yard impetus capped by Lynch’s third rushing measure of a day to retrieve a lead, and a Tigers extended a corner to 38-28 after Cross held a 17-yard pass from Lynch with 3:45 left in a third.
But behind came BYU again, with a margin idea from Trevor Samson and — after a Cougars nude a indirect lapse divided from Memphis’ Joe Craig for a fail — Paul Lasike’s second touchdown tied it during 38-all with 10:52 left.
Zac Stout’s interception lapse for a measure that put BYU on tip came 3 mins later. The Tigers, though, had a final answer.
“I don’t know what happened during a end, initial of all, so we don’t know how dissapoint we am,” Fuente said. “I’m certain I’ll see it eventually. It’s not who we are, it’s not what we wish to represent. we wish it doesn’t take divided from an implausible football game, for both sides.”
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