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Late defensive stand (imagine that) allows Bulls to win shootout

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For all of the offense, for all of the highlight plays, for all of the touchdowns, it came down to a defensive stand. Figures. The USF Bulls won a wild one in Memphis Saturday night, holding the Tigers on their last possession, winning 49-42 on a goal-line stand. With 1:23 to play, Memphis moved inside the Bulls’ 10 with a first-and-goal. On first down, Darrell Henderson ran for five yards to the Bulls’ three. But USF broke up three straight…

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Rosy economic averages bypass many in U.S.

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Dozens of FedEx jets queue up for takeoff at the airport here. Beale Street, the heart of the music district, hums with tourists. Yet the empty storefronts in Memphis’ moribund downtown and the cash-advance shops strewn near its highways tell another story. It’s a tale of two cities, all in one place. And it’s a tale of two Americas: the one that national averages indicate has all but recovered from the Great Recession and the one lost in the statistics.…

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Auburn follows demoted quarterback to win over Memphis

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At the beginning of the season, Jeremy Johnson was supposed to be a big deal for the Auburn Tigers. He wasn’t. In Wednesday’s Birmingham Bowl, Johnson was supposed to be mostly an observer. He wasn’t that, either. Johnson finished a disappointing year, leading Auburn on a 21-point outburst in the second half as the Tigers held off Memphis, 31-10, to finish the season at 7-6. Johnson, who was benched in the fourth game after throwing six interceptions in the first…

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Temple beats Memphis, hurting the USF Bulls’ title chances

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All that USF wanted was a little help. It didn’t get any at all. Temple pulled away from Memphis late in a 31-12 win, hurting USF’s chances of pulling out the American Athletic East Division title. After beating Temple a week ago, Willie Taggart’s USF team remained one game behind the Owls. Their only chance of a victory now is if they beat winless UCF Friday night and UConn upsets Temple on Saturday. Temple led Memphis only 14-12 going into…

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Playoff rankings: 5 teams will give insight into committee

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The College Football Playoff committee will release its first rankings of the season Tuesday night and which teams land in the top four is not all that important. Last year, three of teams ranked in the first top four did not make the playoff. What we might find are clues as to how the committee will value certain accomplishments later in the season and what teams still need to work on those resumes. Here are five teams to watch when…

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Offense sputters in USF’s defeat at the hands of Memphis

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The defense of the South Florida Bulls can feel pretty good despite a defeat this morning. They gave up 24 to a team that is averaging 53.6. They at least slowed a high-powered Memphis team down. They entertained the thought of beating the undefeated Tigers. The offense? Maybe the Bulls of Willie Taggart don’t want to talk as much about that. The Bulls fell to 1-3 on the season, losing a 24-17 decision to the  Tigers on a night when…

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