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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 three, ran for one touchdown and threw for another.

Auburn held Memphis to 206 yards, and star quarterback Paxton Lynch had only 104.

For Auburn, Jovon Robinson had 121 yards rushing. Johnson threw only one pass, but completed it for an 11-yard touchdown. He had only three runs, but one of those was a 5-yard score.

As a team, Auburn rushed for 254 yards.

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