2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl
13th Birmingham Bowl
1234 Total
Memphis 141406 34
Wake Forest 71767 37
DateDecember 22, 2018
Season2018
StadiumLegion Field
LocationBirmingham, Alabama
MVPJamie Newman (QB, Wake Forest)
FavoriteMemphis by 4.5[1]
RefereeRodney Burnette (Conference USA)
Attendance25,717
PayoutUS$1,650,000 [2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersDave Neal, D.J. Shockley and Dawn Davenport
Birmingham Bowl
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The 2018 Birmingham Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 22, 2018.[3] It was the 13th edition of the Birmingham Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Jared brand of Sterling Jewelers, the game was officially named the Jared Birmingham Bowl.[4]

Teams

The bowl was slated to invite teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the American Athletic Conference (The American). However, with four SEC teams selected for New Year's Six games, the Birmingham Bowl matchup announced on December 2 featured Wake Forest from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), rather than an SEC team, to face Memphis from The American.[4] The two programs previously met four times, each team winning twice, between 1964 and 1967.[5]

Memphis Tigers

Main article: 2018 Memphis Tigers football team

Memphis was defeated in the 2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game played on December 1; they received and accepted a bid to the Birmingham Bowl on December 2.[4] The Tigers entered the bowl with a 8–5 record (5–3 in conference).

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Main article: 2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

Wake Forest received and accepted a bid to the Birmingham Bowl on December 2.[4] The Demon Deacons entered the bowl with a 6–6 record (3–5 in conference).

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MEM WF
1 12:28 10 75 2:32 WF Sage Surratt 9-yard touchdown reception from Jamie Newman, Nick Sciba kick good 0 7
1 10:06 6 76 2:22 MEM Tony Pollard 41-yard touchdown run, Riley Patterson kick good 7 7
1 3:28 16 98 5:29 MEM Patrick Taylor Jr. 1-yard touchdown reception from Brady White, Nick Sciba kick good 14 7
2 14:49 MEM Interception returned 37 yards for touchdown by Chris Claybrooks, Riley Patterson kick good 21 7
2 11:16 13 57 3:33 WF 36-yard field goal by Nick Sciba 21 10
2 11:04 MEM Kickoff returned 97 yards for touchdown by Tony Pollard, Nick Sciba kick good 28 10
2 7:09 12 75 3:55 WF Jamie Newman 1-yard touchdown run, Nick Sciba kick good 28 17
2 5:33 3 56 0:26 WF Jamie Newman 17-yard touchdown run, Nick Sciba kick good 28 24
3 7:41 5 48 1:40 WF 49-yard field goal by Nick Sciba 28 27
3 3:49 12 47 2:31 WF 39-yard field goal by Nick Sciba 28 30
4 1:15 14 88 4:36 MEM Patrick Taylor Jr. 9-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass failed (intercepted) 34 30
4 0:34 6 75 0:41 WF Jamie Newman 1-yard touchdown run, Nick Sciba kick good 34 37
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 34 37

Statistics

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 14 14 0 6 34
Demon Deacons 7 17 6 7 37
Statistics MEM WF
First downs 22 26
Plays–yards 82–378 90–529
Rushes–yards 53–207 50–201
Passing yards 171 328
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 15–29–1 22–40–1
Time of possession 30:38 29:22
Team Category Player Statistics
Memphis Passing Brady White 15/27, 171 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Patrick Taylor 30 car, 110 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Damonte Coxie 6 rec, 70 yds
Wake Forest Passing Jamie Newman 22/40, 328 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Jamie Newman 23 car, 91 yds, 3 TD
Receiving Alex Bachman 7 rec, 171 yds

References

  1. ^ Fawkes, Ben (December 3, 2018). "Odds for every 2018-19 CFB bowl game". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Bowl Schedule". CFP.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule". ESPN. May 2, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "The University of Memphis and Wake Forest University Selected to Play in the 2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl" (PDF). birminghambowl.com (Press release). December 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Memphis Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons football series history games list". winsipedia.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.