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2020 Montgomery Bowl Game Thread - FAU vs. Memphis - Dec 23rd @ 7:00 PM

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The Owls look to keep perfect bowl mark in tact against Tigers



The Matchup: FAU (5-3) vs. Memphis (7-3)


When: Wednesday, December 23rd, 7:00 PM

Where: Cramton Bowl

Weather: Current Conditions @ Cramton Bowl

The Series: The Owls took the lone meeting 44-27 in the 2007 New Orleans Bowl - their first Bowl win.

Memphis Team Site: Here


Key Stats Comparison:





Memphis Notables

The Tigers will be kicking-off in their program-record seventh straight bowl game, and making their 14th bowl appearance in program history. They are seeking their first win since a double overtime win against BYU in the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl.

In its last outing, Memphis claimed a 30-27 win against Houston in Memphis. K Riley Patterson connected on the game-winning 47-yard FG as time expired to extend Memphisí program-record home win streak to 15 games. Against the Cougars, QB Brady White set the schoolís career passing yards record, eclipsing Danny Wimprineís 10,215 career yards from 2001-04. Earlier this year, White claimed the career TD passing record.

WR Calvin Austin III posted 74 receiving yards and a TD against Houston, giving him 1,025 yards for the 2020 season. He joins three other Tigers in program history to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a single season (Isaac Bruce, 1993; Anthony Miller, 2016-17; Damonte Coxie, 2018-19).

Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield became the third head coach in program history to win at least seven games in his first season and holds the best win percentage for a first-year head coach at .700.


FAU Notables

FAU will enter the game with a stingy defense, led by senior cornerback and Montgomery native Zyon Gilbert. Gilbert has been an instrumental leader for a team that made the transition to first year head coach Willie Taggart nearly a year ago. A total of six Owls originally hail from the state of Alabama.

As a team, the Owls hold the 16th best total defense mark in the nation at 326.4 yards per game while ranking 33rd on 3rd down conversion percentage (36.9) allowed. They have also remained disciplined throughout the season averaging only five flags thrown against them (25th nationally) per outing.

This marks the programís fifth bowl since 2007, the first season FAU was eligible to play in a bowl game, and third bowl game in four years. Previous Bowl appearances: 2007 New Orleans Bowl (FAU 44, Memphis 27), 2008 Motor City Bowl (FAU 24, Central Michigan 21), 2017 Boca Raton Bowl (FAU 50, Akron 3), 2019 Boca Raton (FAU 52, SMU 28).

Coach Willie Taggart will be leading just his second bowl contest as a Head Coach while looking to even his mark at 1-1.


Game Information

TV: ESPN

Radio: 640 The Hurricane

Stats: Here

Opening Line: FAU +10


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We've made it! It's a special BOWL GAMEDAY!

The first ever Montgomery Bowl will kickoff at 7pm on ESPN.


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Yes and for what itís worth, I got some Swag from Montgomerybowl.com to commemorate this yearís team. Win or lose, gotta be happy about a bowl appearance. We would have killed for this during the Partridge years!!!!!
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LawOwl said

Yes and for what itís worth, I got some Swag from Montgomerybowl.com to commemorate this yearís team. Win or lose, gotta be happy about a bowl appearance. We would have killed for this during the Partridge years!!!!!
Posted On: Dec 23rd 2020, 4:08 PM #399304



Very well said! In a covid year too. I see our program ascending starting in 2021.
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FAU will be in the white-red-white combo for the second straight bowl game. With tomorrow being Christmas Eve, I am coining this look to be called "the candy cane."  :Laughing:


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LawOwl said

Yes and for what itís worth, I got some Swag from Montgomerybowl.com to commemorate this yearís team. Win or lose, gotta be happy about a bowl appearance. We would have killed for this during the Partridge years!!!!!
Posted On: Dec 23rd 2020, 4:08 PM #399304

LOVE THAT, LawOwls! Plus, this bowl game is a one-off event that takes the place of the Fenway Bowl. Yes… there will be a bowl game at Boston's Fenway Park. But due to COVID concerns, the game was moved South and renamed the Montgomery Bowl for this one year, before moving back to Boston next year.

That means we could be the first, last, and only champions in Montgomery Bowl history!

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There's something about FAU and bowl games that force the Owls to become incredibly shorthanded..

No Leighton McCarthy, Caliph Brice, nor Willie Wright tonight. This adds on to BJ Emmons' absence. BUT, Malcolm Davidson MAY be playing tonight. I'm working on getting more information for you all about his status after Taggart said he would not play earlier this week.


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Tronti leads the offense onto the field and he is joined by Malcolm Davidson.


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So much for Taggart saying Davidson would not play

 :Not-Talking:

Logan Peterson sighting!

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No dice on the offense's first possession. Hopefully the defense can improve from their last time out at USM. It'll be tough against this talents Memphis offense.


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