Memphis Postgame Notes vs Austin Peay
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Aug. 30, 2014

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Game 1 – vs. Austin Peay – August 30, 2014 – Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.

  Team Game Notes
  Offensive Notes
  • Memphis tied a school record with seven rushing touchdowns, tying the mark set against The Citadel in 1962 and equaled against North Texas in 1971.
  • Memphis had five different players score rushing touchdowns in the game including two by both Doroland Dorceus and Paxton Lynch.
  • In one game, Memphis notched exactly half the number of rushing touchdowns it had in all of 2013 (14).
  • Memphis scored 21, first-quarter points. It is the first time since the UAB game in 2012 the Tigers scored 21 points in an opening quarter.
  • Memphis’ 42, first-half points marked the second most in a half in school history. The Tigers scored 49 points against Tulane in 1992. The 42-0, first-half lead was the largest halftime lead by a Tiger team.
  • The Tigers’ 188 first-half passing yards marked the first time Memphis had 175 or more passing yards in a half since the Marshall game in 2012.
  • Memphis had 545 yards of total offense marking the first time the Tigers had 500+ yards since a 505-yard game against Arkansas State last year. The 545 yards stands just outside the top 10 offensive performances in terms of yardage which starts at 560 yards.
  • Sam Craft’s two-yard touchdown run to cap the Tigers’ first drive marked the sophomore’s sixth career rushing touchdown. At that point in the game, Craft was averaging a touchdown on basically one out of every six carries (six TDs on 28 career carries).
  • Brandon Hayes’ three-yard touchdown run to cap Memphis’ second series marked the senior’s 12th rushing touchdown and 14th TD of his career.
  • Daniel Hurd’s first reception of the season went for 28 yards, setting a new career long. He had a 27-yard reception last year against Arkansas State.
  • Doroland Dorceus’ five-yard touchdown run with 3:43 to play in the first quarter marked the sophomore’s first career touchdown. He later added his second TD in the game on an eight-yard run in the third quarter.
  • With two, first-half rushing touchdowns against Austin Peay, sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch equaled his season rushing touchdown tally from 2013.
  • Alan Cross finished the game with four catches for 48 yards and had a nine-yard touchdown reception.
  • Cross’ TD reception, established a new career record for tight ends. The touchdown was his eighth and broke the mark of seven he entered the season tied with Billy Kendall (1997-2000).
  • Paxton Lynch’s four touchdowns responsible ranks tied for sixth all-time. Curtis Steele, in 2009, was the last to be responsible for as many scores against Tulsa.
  Defensive Notes
  • Memphis’ defense gave up just 146 yards – 116 rushing and 30 passing. The game marked the first time Memphis held an opponent under 200 yards since UCF in 2008 (194).
  • The 30 passing yards marked the first time since the 2008 season the Tigers held an opponent to fewer than 50 passing yards since the U of M held Nicholls State to 47 yards in 2008.
  • Bobby McCain picked off a pass, returning the ball 29 yards to halt Austin Peay’s first series of the game. McCain has now intercepted a pass in each of the Tigers’ last two season openers. He had a 75-yard interception return last year against Duke.
  • With the 29-yard interception return, McCain now has 216 career interception return yards which ties Charlie Babb (1969-71) for third, all-time at Memphis.
  • Memphis had 26 players record at least one tackle in the game.
  • Tank Jakes led Memphis with six tackles
  • In his first career game, defensive end Ernest Suttles recovered a fumble to set up the Tigers’ fourth touchdown of the game. Among Suttles’ three tackles in the game was the rookie’s first career quarterback sack (-14 yards).
  • Junior linebacker Leonard Pegues also registered his first career quarterback sack (-10 yards).
  • Tank Jakes led the Tigers with six tackles. He had two tackles for loss in the game (-3 yards) and now has 19 TFLs for his career.
  Special Team Notes
  • Jake Elliott’s first time out on the field resulted in a 29-yard field goal but the play was nullified by an Austin Peay offsides penalty which resulted in a Memphis first down. The resulting penalty would set the Tigers up for their third touchdown of the game.
  • Joe Craig returned a third-quarter punt 53 yards, marking the longest punt return by a Tiger since Keiwone Malone against UAB in 2012. The return was Craig’s third return of 50+ yards as he had kickoff returns of 56 and 51 yards against Temple and UConn, respectively, in the final two games of 2013.
  • Jake Elliott’s nine PATs ties a school record. Memphis also had nine PATs against Louisville in 1969.
  • In his first outing as the Tigers’ punter, Spencer Smith averaged 51.0 yards on two punts.
  • Memphis had 112 punt return yards which ranks sixth all-time at Memphis.



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