Henigan’s three TD passes lead Memphis past Utah State 38-10

Dec 27, 2022, 1:44 AM | Updated: 3:48 pm
Memphis quarterback Seth Henigan (5) warms up before the First Responder Bowl NCAA college football...

Memphis quarterback Seth Henigan (5) warms up before the First Responder Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

(AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

              Memphis wide receiver Eddie Lewis (18) returns a punt during the first half of the First Responders Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Memphis quarterback Seth Henigan (5) scrambles to avoid being hit during the first half of the First Responders Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Memphis wide receiver Eddie Lewis (18) and offensive lineman Davion Carter (56) celebrate after Lewis scored a touchdown during the first half of the First Responders Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Utah State running back Calvin Tyler Jr. (4) runs with the ball as Memphis linebacker Geoffrey Cantin-Arku (9) defends during the first half of the First Responders Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Memphis place kicker Chris Howard (16) is congratulated after converting a point after attempt during the first half of the First Responder Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Utah State quarterback Cooper Legas (5) warms up before the First Responder Bowl NCAA college football game against Memphis Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Memphis running back Jevyon Ducker (8) runs with the ball during the first half of the First Responders Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
            
              Memphis quarterback Seth Henigan (5) warms up before the First Responder Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah State Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

DALLAS (AP) — Seth Henigan passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns — two of them to Eddie Lewis — and Jeyvon Ducker ran for two touchdowns to give Memphis a 38-10 win over Utah State in the First Responder Bowl on Tuesday.

Henigan’s touchdown passes were all thrown in the second quarter, when Memphis outscored Utah State 21-3. The Tigers outgained the Aggies in the period 179 yards to 39 and 137-16 in the air.

Ducker had a 1-yard plunge and a 48-yard sprint for scores, both in the fourth quarter.

Lewis caught scoring passes of 15 and 22 yards, and Caden Prieskorn caught a 3-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds remaining in the half for Memphis. Chris Howard added a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter for the Tigers (7-6).

Bishop Davenport threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brian Cobbs for the Aggies (6-7) in relief of quarterback Cooper Legas, who left early in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury.

Connor Coles kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal for Utah State.

Henigan, a sophomore who played high school ball about 70 miles north of Dallas in Denton, Texas, was 20 for 29.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State: The Aggies played in their 10th bowl game in the last 12 seasons after participating in only six in the program’s first 119 seasons.

Memphis: The Tigers avoided a losing season by winning on the same field where they dropped their season finale 34-31 to SMU when Henigan threw an interception into the end zone on the final play.

UP NEXT

Utah State: The Aggies won’t be easing into their 2023 schedule. They’ll open at Iowa on Sept. 2. Their most recent win over a Power 5 program was a 24-13 victory over Oregon State in last year’s LA Bowl.

Memphis: The Tigers will open their 2023 season at home against Bethune-Cookman. Three of their four American Athletic Conference road games in the reconstructed league will be against newcomers Charlotte, North Texas and UAB.

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