Memphis Football Post-Game Notes
Sept. 6, 2008
Memphis Football Notes Versus Rice September 6, 2008
Duke Calhoun extended his receiving streak to 26 games after catching three passes for 46 yards. The 26-game streak ties for second all-time at Memphis with Earnest Gray. The school record is 27 games by Russell Copeland.
Junior college transfer Brandon Washington had his first carry in a Tiger uniform when he went into the game in the second quarter. He gained nine yards on his first carry and ended the game with nine yards on two carries. A native of Baker, La., Washington played two seasons at Los Medanos College and joined the Tigers during fall camp.
Junior quarterback Arkelon Hall tossed his first touchdown pass as a Tiger when he reached Maurice Jones on a 45-yard completion to give Memphis the 7-3 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The 45-yard completion was also a season long for Hall and also for Jones. It was Jones' second 40-plus yard reception in two games. Jones, who has an eight-game active receiving streak finished the game with nine receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns (all three are career highs). It was Jones' second career 100-yard receiving game. His other such game was last season versus Tulane when he totaled 117 yards on four receptions.
Maurice Jones' 173 yard receiving game ranks third all-time in school history. The record is 186 yards set by Bob Sherlag against Mississippi State in 1965. It is the most receiving yards in a game since Duke Calhoun had 159 yards against UAB last season.
Redshirt freshman Lester Lawson was credited with his first career sack when he dropped Chase Clement for a 14-yard loss on 3rd-and-11 from the Rice 32 in the second quarter. The Owls were forced to punt on the next play. Lawson made his first career start last week against Ole Miss.
Earnest Williams has now caught a touchdown pass in the last four straight game when he hauled in the 10-yard offering from Arkelon Hall to give Memphis the 14-3 lead with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter. It was Williams' 10th career touchdown reception and second of the season.
Senior safety Brandon Patterson picked off Chase Clement with 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter and made a 16-yard return. It was Patterson's ninth career interception, and the Tigers' first interception of the season.
Carlos Singleton caught a 13-yard pass in the second quarter to extend his receiving streak to 23 games. Singleton's streak ranks fifth all-time at Memphis. He ended today's game with four catches for 32 yards.
Arkelon Hall completed 11 straight passes before tossing the interception in the endzone in the last seconds of the second quarter. In the first half, Hall was 17-of-22 for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Charlie Jones scored his first rushing TD as a Tiger when he rolled off a 15-yard run with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. He scored again on the first play of the fourth quarter on a one-yard run. Jones, who transferred from Miami and was immediately eligible this season, now totals 12 career touchdowns (10 at Miami). The last time a Memphis player rushed for two touchdowns was Joe Doss against UTEP in 2006.
Senior corner Michael Grandberry registered his first career interception when he picked off Chase Clement at the Memphis 30 late in the third quarter. Grandberry led the team with nine tackles, including eight solo stops and two pass breakups.
For the second straight game, Memphis has tallied over 400 yards of total offense. Tonight, the Tigers had 76 plays and totaled 523 yards of total offense. Last weekend in the loss at Ole Miss, Memphis tallied 453 yards on 84 plays.
Michael Grandberry had over 100 yards of kick returns. He finished with six returns for 125 yards. That made his ninth career 100-yard kickoff yard return game.