Sports Minute: Memphis finishes whirlwind stretch with Cotton Bowl loss
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A whirlwind three weeks and the winningest four-season stretch ever for Memphis' football team has ended with another postseason loss. The Tigers lost 53-39 to Big Ten team Penn State in the Cotton Bowl. It was Ryan Silverfield's first game as Memphis' head coach. The offensive line coach got promoted when Mike Norvell left to become Florida State's coach earlier this month. Despite the disappointing finish in their first New Year's Six game, the Tigers set a school record with their 12 wins. They won the American Athletic title for their first outright conference title since 1969 and had 38 wins the past four seasons.
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