Auburn’s defense held a Memphis team that was 12th nationally in total offense to 92 yards in the first half of the Birmingham Bowl, but the defense may have lost a starter in the process.
Auburn senior linebacker Cassanova McKinzy appeared to injure his right leg in the second quarter and he will not return, according to ESPN’s broadcast team.
McKinzy was helped to the locker room and did not put any weight on the injured leg as he left the field. He returned to the sideline aided by crutches.
McKinzy played in all 12 regular season games for Auburn this season totaling 74 tackles (10 for loss), five sacks and one forced fumble. The senior played multiple positions this season, including the buck, to compensate for the loss of pass rusher Carl Lawson for six games due to injury.
Auburn and Memphis went into halftime tied at 10, but all Memphis’ points came off turnovers. Auburn quarterback Sean White threw a pick-six and an interception by wide receiver Jason Smith set up a 53-yard field goal by Memphis kicker Jake Elliot.