Sept. 14, 2013
Game 2 – at Middle Tennessee – September 14, 2013 – Floyd Stadium – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
|| Team Game Notes
- Memphis’ game captains were LB Anthony Brown, RB Brandon Hayes and P Tom Hornsey. Middle Tennessee won the toss and deferred to the second half.
- Memphis was penalized five times for 62 yards in the first quarter.
- Memphis went on to be penalized 15 times for 145 yards including an illegal block in the back that negated a late first-half 80-yard kickoff return by Bobby McCain. The numbers ranks all-time second in penalty yards and tied for second in penalties. It was the most yards a Tiger team has been penalized since 1964 when the team had 147 yards in penalties.
- Memphis was 3-for-4 in the red zone with two field goals and a touchdown. The Blue Raiders were 2-for-3 in red zone chances.
- Middle Tennessee announced attendance for the game at 23,992, the eighth-largest crowd for Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium.
|| Offensive Notes
- Memphis amassed 350 yards of total offense. It was the first 300-yard offensive game since UAB last season.
- After rushing for just 89 yards in the opener against Duke, Memphis had its first, triple-digit rushing game of the season, finishing with 180 yards on the ground. It was the most rushing yards since the UAB contest last season.
- Memphis finished the first half with just five first downs. The Tiger offense had five first downs on its first offensive series of the second half to double its total at intermission.
- In two games, Memphis had a total of seven first downs in the first half. After posting 10 against Duke after the intermission, the Tigers had nine first downs in the second half against Middle Tennessee (19 total for two games in the second half).
- Marquis Warford had a 31-yard, first-quarter run which better than doubled the Tigers’ longest run of the Duke game (14 yards).
- Memphis had a streak of 74 passes dating back to the Tulane game of the 2012 season come to an end with Paxton Lynch’s interception at the MT one after the Tigers had moved into the red zone.
- Alan Cross had a 1-yard touchdown pass from Paxton Lynch early in the fourth quarter, the sixth of Cross’ career and first for Lynch.
- Brandon Hayes finished with a team season high 81 yards rushing on 15 attempts and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
- Lynch completed 18-of-26 pass attempts for 164 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
- Joe Craig led the team with 65 yards receiving on four catches.
|| Defensive Notes
- Bakari Hollier intercepted a second-half pass, returning the ball 33 yards to the Middle Tennessee 45. Hollier’s pick, his first since one against Arkansas State his rookie year, set up the Tigers’ second field goal of the game.
- After three tackles for loss including two quarterback sacks against Duke in the season opener, Martin Ifedi added to his TFL total when he was credited with a half TFL against Middle Tennessee. He added a sack in the fourth quarter and now has 11.5 in his career.
- Andrew Gaines had a big third-down pass breakup across the middle of the field with 12:59 to play in the game to force the Blue Raiders to punt. Gaines finished the game with five tackles and two pass breakups.
- Johnnie Farms registered his first sack of the season in the middle of the fourth quarter to help force another MT punt. It was Farms’ sixth career quarterback sack.
- Tank Jakes and Ifedi led the team in tackles with seven. Jakes had six solo
|| Special Team Notes
- Tom Hornsey averaged 49.6 yards on five punts including two inside the 20. Of the two punts inside the 20, Middle Tennessee started drives inside its own 10, two times. Among Hornsey’s punts was a 68-yarder which ties for 12th all-time in Memphis history.
- True freshman Jake Elliot converted on his first career field goal attempt, a 21-yarder that gave the Tigers’ their first points at 7-3 with 11:09 to play in the second quarter. Elliot added a 41-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Elliot added a 27-yarder early in the third quarter.
- Elliot’s performance marked the first multiple field goal game since Paulo Henriques had two against Rice in 2011 and the first time a Memphis place kicker had three since Henriques had three against UAB in 2010.
- Marquis Warford’s kickoff return of 34 yards in the first quarter was the longest of his short career at Memphis. He had 73 kick return yards on three attempts and finished with 131 all-purpose yards.