MIAMI (TNS) óMondayís inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park, a 55-48 double overtime win for Memphis over Brigham Young, recalled the best and worst of games in the stadium that once sat on this site.
The best: 904 yards of total offense, a shootout that featured 28 points in the first 7:34 and got extended to overtime when Memphis wide receiver Keiwone Malone raced onto a fourth down 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Paxton Lynch with 45 seconds left.
Memphisí sophomore All-American Athletic Conference kicker Jake Elliott sent the game to a second overtime by hitting a 54-yard field goal after BYU hit a field goal on their first overtime possession. A Rod Proctor touchdown catch put Memphis ahead and sophomore defensive back DaShaughn Terry intercepted BYU quarterback Christian Stewart at the goal line to end the game.
The worst: A postgame brawl that featured punches, kicks, helmet-swinging and multiple dogpiles. Afterward, each teamís players and the head coaches said they didnít see what started the brawl. Memphis did have to go through the BYU team to celebrate with its fans, which can be a spark to a tinder box of emotions.
ďMy message to the kids is going to be you can work hard all your life, try to do things right and you make one bad decision and all of a sudden itís going to stick with you,Ē Memphis coach Justin Fuente said. ďI donít know what happened, but thatís not who we want to represent or who we want to be.Ē