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Seth Henigan leads Memphis over Utah State in First Responder Bowl

Dec 27, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Utah State Aggies running back Calvin Tyler Jr. (4) breaks a tackle against Memphis Tigers linebacker Geoffrey Cantin-Arku (9) during the first half of the 2022 First Responder Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Henigan passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead Memphis to a 38-10 win against Utah State at the First Responder Bowl on Tuesday in Dallas.

Henigan completed 10 straight passes during one stretch in the first half before finishing 20 of 29 with no interceptions.

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.

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 built a 24-3 halftime lead as Henigan passed for 217 yards and three scores and the defense limited Utah State to 89 total yards.

The Tigers punted on their first two drives before taking a 3-0 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Chris Howard with 1:05 left in the first quarter.

Connor Coles kicked a 53-yard field goal to tie the score 3-3 with 12:13 left in the first half.

Henigan later found Lewis on a quick slant for a 15-yard touchdown pass and a 10-3 lead with 7:24 remaining.

After the Tigers forced a turnover on downs at the Utah State 49-yard line, Henigan connected with Lewis on a 22-yard touchdown pass, stretching the lead to 17-3 with 2:56 left.

Henigan tossed his third touchdown of the first half with 24 seconds left, finding tight end Caden Prieskorn for a 3-yard strike that made it 24-3.

After a scoreless third quarter, Davenport hooked up with Brian Cobbs on a 44-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 24-10 with 11:04 left.

The Tigers recovered an onside kick near midfield and Jevyon Ducker (13 carries, 83 yards) scored on a 1-yard run to make it 31-10 with 7:22 left.

Ducker added a 48-yard touchdown run with 3:16 remaining to make it 38-10.

–Field Level Media