ARLINGTON, Texas (WMC) - In a high scoring back and forth affair, the Memphis Tigers fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions 53-39 in the 84th Annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Memphis and Penn State traded scores throughout the afternoon, until the Nittany Lions defense came up with two big turnovers in the second half.
Brady White led the Tigers with 454 yards passing and Junior Kicker Riley Patterson went five for five on field goal attempts. But Penn State’s rushing attack was too much for the Tigers, piling up 396 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
The tigers took the lead with a 48-yard Riley Patterson field goal, but Penn State’s Journey Brown had the first of his long runs with a 32-yard touchdown scamper.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the first half with Penn State taking a 15-point lead on a four yard pass to Jahan Dotson making it 35-20.
As time expired in the half, Riley Patterson hit a 44-yard field goal which sparked a 13-point run by the Tiger to cut the lead to 35-33. But two late turnovers spoiled the comeback as the Nittany Lions eventually extended their lead on a fourth quarter Noah Cain touchdown run.