JUST LAST YEAR
IOWA STATE HEAD COACH MATT CAMPBELL CELEBRATED BY HOISTING THE 59TH AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL TROPHY
174 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Iowa State 21, Memphis 20
In the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, a picturesque December sky was the backdrop
as a capacity crowd of 57,266 watched the Iowa State Cyclones square
off against the University of Memphis Tigers.
The hometown Memphis Tigers were selected to play in the AutoZone Liberty
Bowl for the first time in the Bowl’s 59-year history, a distinction that Tigers
head coach Mike Norvell wore with honor.
“When it came out that we were selected to be part of the AutoZone Liberty
Bowl, we were thrilled – the City of Memphis is special place,” Norvell said. “There
are so many iconic things in our city, and one of the iconic events is the Auto-
Zone Liberty Bowl.”
The two respective teams were led by outstanding senior classes, which both
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and Norvell recognized as key parts of
their teams’ culture and on-field success.
“One of the things that I’m most proud of is that Iowa State football is finally a
player-led program,” Campbell said. “Our players are leading from the inside out.”
Norvell added, “To know that when this game is over…this team regardless
of the outcome will go down as one the great Memphis Tiger football teams…
They’ve definitely left their mark. Obviously, they have changed expectations
and set a new standard for what it is to be a Memphis Tiger football player.”
The Cyclones arrived at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on the heels of a heartbreaking
20-19 defeat against Kansas State. That one-point loss fueled their
Bowl preparation and set the scene for an opportunity to personify the resilience
and resolve that defined their 2017 season.
“This team had multiple opportunities to go the other way and just quit,”
Campbell said. “Unfortunately, in our society, that happens today when you’re
MEMPHIS ALL-AMERICAN WR ANTHONY MILLER ELUDED AN IOWA STATE
DEFENDER ON THE WAY TO A TIGER TOUCHDOWN