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Memphis Tigers roar to 25-10 win over FAU in Montgomery Bowl

Memphis comfortably controlled both sides of the ball to get the first postseason win for Ryan Silverfield.

Memphis Tigers wide receiver Calvin Austin III carries the ball against Florida Atlantic Owls during the first half at Cramton Bowl Stadium. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

In what is likely his last game in college, quarterback Brady White led the Memphis Tigers to a 25-10 victory over the FAU Owls in the Montgomery Bowl on Wednesday night at the Cramton Bowl stadium in Montgomery, Alabama.

Memphis (8-3) averaged 6.8 yards per play, led by White’s 22-34 for 281 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. His leading target as it has been most of this season was Tahj Washington, who finished with eight catches for 105 yards and a score. Asa Martin added 96 yards via 15 carries.

FAU struggled to move the ball all evening, averaging just 3.9 yards per play and 3.6 yards per rush. Quarterback Nick Trotni was 16-32 for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but lacking much time or open receivers to make plays. The Owls (5-4) struggled all season to move the ball, and having several games canceled certainly didn’t help new head coach Willie Taggart’s team get into a rhythm.

Memphis won their first bowl game since the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl over BYU, which famously ended with a benches clearing brawl that was the seminal highlight of the three-game history of postseason college football at Miami’s Marlins Park. Which is not in Miami Beach.