Sept. 15, 2012
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TEAM GAME NOTES
- Memphis captains for the Middle Tennessee game were OL Al Bond, CB Bakari Hollier and SAF Cannon Smith. The Tigers won the toss and deferred to the second half.
- Memphis had six fumbles on the night against Middle Tennessee. It was the most fumbles since 1989 when the Tigers had six fumbles against Florida State (three lost against the Seminoles).
- The Tigers turned the ball over four times in the game, with the ensuing drives resulting in 24 points for Middle Tennessee (3 TD, 1 FG).
- On the Tigers’ second offensive series, Jacob Karam hooked up to Marcus Rucker for a 63-yard reception. The play marked a career-long pass for Karam while Rucker’s reception was a season long. The play set up a 38-yard field goal for the Tigers’ first points of the game.
- A series later, Karam hooked up with Rucker for a 49-yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers a 10-7 lead on the first play of the second quart in the half. The catch was Rucker’s 13th career touchdown catch. Rucker went on to have his third, two-touchdown game.
- Rucker would go on to catch a career high 10 passes for 177 yards. The game marked the senior’s second, 100-yard receiving game. Rucker had 148 receiving yards in the first half. He was the last player to have a 100-yard receiving half (vs. Southern Miss on Oct. 16, 2010).
- Rucker’s 100-yard receiving game marked a team first since Billy Foster had 118 receiving yards against Austin Peay on Sept. 17, 2011.
- Rucker nearly broke Bob Sherlag’s 40+ year record for receiving yards in a game. Ricker’s 177 receiving yards in the game ranks second in school history, nine shy of Sherlag’s record of 186 set against Mississippi State on Oct. 16, 1965.
- Also in the first half, Karam set a career high for game passing yards with 191 yards. Karam would go on to finish the game completing 26-of-37 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the Tigers’ first 300-yard passing game since Taylor Reed passed for 332 yards against Austin Peay in 2011.
- Prior to a first-half pick, Jacob Karam had gone his first 76 career passing attempts without an interception.
- Redshirt-freshman running back Carl Harris scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter on a one-yard carry with 1:20 left in the game. Harris finished with 18 yards on five carries in his first collegiate appearance.
- Redshirt-sophomore Keiwone Malone recorded a career high in receptions and receiving yards with 10 catches for 102 yards. The game marked his first 100-yard receiving game in his career.
- Memphis had two receivers with 100 yards or more for the first time since 2007 when Stephen Black (112) and Carlos Singleton (127) both eclipsed the century mark in a triple-overtime game against SMU. Marcus Rucker (177) and Keiwone Malone (102) teamed up for 279 total receiving yards and 70 percent of the Tigers’ total offense (399).
- Freshman Tank Jakes with his first career tackle for loss (-4 yards) on Middle Tennessee’s first offensive series. Jakes, a sophomore transfer, had an early-career high of six tackles in the game and led the team with two tackles for loss.
- Sophomore linebacker Charles Harris entered the game ranked tied for 11th nationally in total tackles (25). He tied for the team lead with eight tackles against Middle Tennessee, marking the second game this season he has led or tied for the team lead in stops.
- Senior safety Mitch Huelsing forced a fumble late in the third quarter that senior safety Akeem Davis recovered to end a Middle Tennessee drive. It was Davis’ sixth career, forced fumble. The play would lead to the Tigers’ first touchdown on the night.
- Junior safety Lonnie Ballentine tied for the team lead in tackles with eight. It is his second-straight game of leading or tying for the team lead in tackles. Ballentine has registered eight or more tackles in all three games this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- In his first career field goal attempt, sophomore Tyler Spurlock knocked through a 38-yard field goal with 4:47 to play in the first quarter.
- Bobby McCain’s 55-yard kickoff return late in the first half marked the team’s longest return since 2009 (against East Carolina, Oct. 27, 2009). Chris Hobbs had a 59-yard kickoff return in the game against ECU. McCain finished the game with five returns for 138 yards.
- Memphis totaled 200 kickoff return yards in the game. The total ranks second in school history, 14 yards behind the record of 214 yards against UCF in 2007. The eight returns ranks tied for ninth in school history.
- For the third-straight game, Memphis blocked a punt. Redshirt-freshman Tyriq Patrick blocked a MTSU punt in the fourth quarter with Memphis recovering the ball at the 50 yard line.