Jeremy Johnson sparks Auburn past Memphis, 31-10, in Birmingham Bowl

Jeremy Johnson sparks Auburn past Memphis, 31-10, in Birmingham Bowl

Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson celebrates after passing for an 11-yard touchdown against Memphis in the third quarter of the Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday.

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Jeremy Johnson came off the bench to run for a touchdown and pass for one, lifting Auburn to a 31-10 victory over Memphis in the Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl on Wednesday.

Auburn (7-6) scored three touchdowns in a five-minute span starting late in the third quarter.

Johnson gave Auburn a 17-10 lead with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Smith. He ran 17 yards on his second play from scrimmage and opened the fourth quarter with a five-yard touchdown run.

Paxton Lynch was 16 of 37 for 108 yards for Memphis (9-4).


Mississippi State 51, North Carolina State 28: Dak Prescott closed out his college career by throwing for a Belk Bowl-record 380 yards and four touchdowns at Charlotte, N.C.

Prescott completed 25 of 42 passes and ran for 47 yards to become the fourth player in FBS history to throw for 9,000 yards and run for 2,500 yards. He was selected most valuable player of the bowl game.

Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Holloway in the second half to break it open for the Bulldogs (9-4).

Wide receiver Fred Ross had seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 33-yard reverse. De’Runnya Wilson had five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown to help the Bulldogs set a Belk Bowl scoring record.


Jacoby Brissett threw for one touchdown and ran for one for the Wolfpack (7-6).

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