Memphis wins the 2022 First Responder Bowl after beating Utah State
Memphis wins the 2022 First Responder Bowl after beating Utah State

Seth Henigan leads Memphis past Utah State in 2022 First Responder Bowl

Seth Henigan threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead Memphis to a 38-10 win against Utah State in the First Responder Bowl on Tuesday in Dallas, Texas. Henigan, who was 20 of 29 on passes overall, completed 10 straight passes during one stretch in the first half and ended the contest without an interception.

Eddie Lewis caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (7-6), who qualified for their ninth straight bowl game, the longest active streak of any non-Power 5 team in the country. This was the first time Utah State and Memphis were meeting since the 1977 season. The Tigers have won three straight over the Aggies and lead the overall head-to-head series 5-3.

On the field on Tuesday, Utah State quarterback Cooper Legas completed 7 of 12 passes for just 34 yards with an interception before he sustained a right leg injury on a sack by James Stewart with 10:47 left in the third quarter.

Bishop Davenport replaced Legas and the freshman was 7-for-9 for 100 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Calvin Tyler Jr., a 1,000-yard rusher this season, finished with 79 rushing yards on 16 carries for the Aggies (6-7).

Memphis went into the halftime break with a 24-3 lead after scoring touchdowns on its final three drives of the half to take a 24-3 lead into the break. as Henigan passed for 217 yards and three scores and the defense limited Utah State to 89 total yards.

Meanwhile, the Tigers finished with 430 yards of total offense, including 284 through the air and 146 on the ground. The Aggies ended the contest well below their opponents, tallying 261 total yards, which included 134 yards in the air and 125 yards rushing.

–Field Level Media

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