April 16, 2024

Memphis to Meet Iowa State in the 65th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl 

Memphis to Meet Iowa State in the 65th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl 

By Khala Hoyle 

MEMPHIS, TN. – Ryan Silverfield and the Memphis Tigers are competing in the 65th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl against a familiar face. The Tigers will go head-to-head versus Matt Campbell and the Iowa State Cyclones. The 2023 bowl game marks the second meeting between the two teams. The Tigers (10-3) last met Iowa State (8-5) in the 2017 bowl game, which resulted in a loss for Memphis (21-20). 

This year’s bowl game makes the Tiger’s 10th straight year of earning a bowl bid, the longest current streak among non-Power Five teams, and 9th longest overall. Memphis went 9-3 overall and 6-2 in AAC play. As for Iowa State, who went 7-5 this season, the Cyclones will take their 6th bowl trip within seven seasons. 

Not only is this a sight to see, but there are quite a few players to watch for on the field this bowl game. Starting with Jeremiah Cooper of Iowa State, the sophomore defensive back averaged 41 tackles (23 solo), 1 forced fumble, and 5 interceptions. But will he be a match for any of the Tigers? Linebacker Chandler Martin is a force to be reckoned with. Martin has achieved 86 tackles (59 solo), 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. He leads the team in tackles. Let’s not forget about Seth Henigan (3,519 passing yards), Blake Watson (1,045 rushing yards), Roc Taylor (981 receiving yards), and Cameron Smith (3 int.).

Fireworks ignite as Memphis scores a TD! – Photo Credits – Madison Penke / Madison Penke Photography

 The 65th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl game will occur Friday, Dec. 29 at the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Kick-off will begin at 2:30 and will air on ESPN.

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