ARLINGTON, Texas — Journey Brown ran for 202 yards with two long touchdowns, Garrett Taylor returned an interception 15 yards for a score after another big play by All-America linebacker Micah Parsons and No. 13 Penn State beat No. 15 Memphis 53-39 on Saturday in the highest-scoring Cotton Bowl ever.

While Penn State (11-2, No. 10 CFP) gave up its most points and yards all season against the big-play Group of Five Tigers, Parsons was pulling down quarterback Brady White, who flipped the ball right into the hands of Taylor. That put the Nittany Lions up 45-36 in the final minute of the third quarter.

American Athletic Conference champion Memphis (12-2, No. 17 CFP) played its first game under coach Ryan Silverfield. The offensive line coach was promoted when Mike Norvell left after four seasons to become Florida State’s coach earlier this month.

White was 32-of-51 passing for 454 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Patrick Taylor Jr. and Kenneth Gainwell both had rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, but the rest of their points came on a Cotton Bowl-record six field goals by Riley Patterson, including a record-long 51-yarder.

The Tigers finished with 542 total yards, but White was sacked a season-high six times and didn’t throw a touchdown for the first time since the season opener. Two of those sacks were by Parsons, who finished with 14 tackles.

(14) NOTRE DAME 33, IOWA STATE 9: Ian Book threw for 247 yards and one touchdown and Tony Jones Jr. scored on an 84-yard run, helping the Fighting Irish (11-2, No. 15 CFP) dominate  the Cyclones (7-6) in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

Book completed 20 of 28 passes without an interception, including a 27-yard TD throw to Chase Claypool as the Fighting Irish (11-2, No. 15 CFP) wrapped up another double-digit win year on a six-game winning streak. Claypool had seven receptions for 146 yards and was named game MVP, while Jones finished with 135 yards rushing.

Brock Purdy was 17 of 30 for 222 yards and no interceptions for Iowa State (7-6). However, the sophomore quarterback was unable to get his team into the end zone after throwing for a Cyclones’ single-season record 27 TDs during the regular season.


(4) DUKE 75, BROWN 50: Vernon Carey Jr. scored 19 points to help the Blue Devils (11-1) beat the Bears (5-6) in Durham, North Carolina.

Alex O’Connell added 14 points and Wendell Moore Jr. had 10 points for the Blue Devils (11-1) in their final nonconference game of the regular season.

(19) KENTUCKY 78, (3) LOUISVILLE 70: Nick Richards had 13 points, including seven consecutive ones in overtime, and the Wildcats (9-3) scored the final eight points for a  victory over the Cardinals (11-2) in a thrilling Bluegrass rivalry showdown in Lexington, Kentucky.

(9) MEMPHIS 97, NEW ORLEANS 55: Precious Achiuwa had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Lester Quinones added 13 points as the Tigers (11-1) built a first-half lead and easily beat the Privateers (4-8) in Memphis, Tennessee.

Quinones, who returned after missing the previous five games with a broken right hand, made all three of his 3-point shots as Memphis  extended its winning streak to nine. Tyler Harris finished with 11 points, while DJ Jeffries and Isaiah Maurice added 10 points each.

(12) BUTLER 67, LOUISIANA-MONROE 36: Derrik Smits scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Bulldogs (12-1) to a victory over the Warhawks (4-7) in Indianapolis.

(17) FLORIDA STATE 88, NORTH ALABAMA 71: Malik Osborne scored 12 of his season-high 14 points in the first half as the Seminoles (11-2) cruised to a  win over the Lions (5-8) as the Seminoles won their 38th straight non-conference home game. That streak started after a loss to Nebraska on Dec. 1, 2014.


BOWDOIN 99, CAL LUTHERAN 49: Moria Train hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points as the Polar Bears (10-0) rolled over the Regals (2-6) in Thousand Oaks, California.

Megan Tad added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while both Maddie Hasson and Dorian Cohen had 12 points and six rebounds. Samantha Roy had five points and dished out a game-high eight assists.

Taylor Oshiro led the Regals with 15 points and five rebounds. Haley Tyrell added 11 points, and Karly Beyers had eight off the bench.

(5) STANFORD 67, UC DAVIS 55: STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Haley Jones scored a season-high 21 points and had 11 rebounds to help the Cardinal (11-1) beat the Aggies (4-8) in Stanford, California.

Lexie Hull hit two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points for Stanford (11-1), which was coming off its first loss of the season. Nadia Fingall added 11 points.

(14) INDIANA 79, MICHIGAN STATE 67: Ali Patberg scored 23 points and the Hoosiers (11-2) took over in the second half to open Big Ten Conference play with a win over the Spartans (7-5) in Bloomington, Indiana.

Gorham High graduate Mackenzie Holmes added 18 points off the bench, Grace Berger scored 16 and Aleksa Gulbe had 11 for the Hoosiers (11-2), who bounced back after a home loss to No. 10 UCLA.

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