Memphis Postgame Notes
Sept. 17, 2011
Game Three - vs. Austin Peay State - September 17, 2011 - Memphis, Tenn.
Marcus Rucker extended his receiving streak to 15 games with his 18-yard reception in the first quarter. Rucker caught a pass in each of the 12 games last season and all three games this year. He led the team with six catches and totaled 64 yards.
Taylor Reed tossed his second career touchdown pass when he reached Tannar Rehrer with a 42-yard strike in the second quarter. It was a long pass and long reception for each. This was Rehrer's first career touchdown reception.
Tannar Rehrer logged a career-best 54 yards on two receptions today.
Andrew Ene-Ita made his first pass reception in today's game. He caught a 17-yard pass up the middle that resulted in a key first down in the final minute of the first half. Ene-Ita finished with two catches for 59 yards.
Kevin Wright recovered a fumble by Andrew Ene-Ita after he made an 18-yard catch. Wright picked up the ball and ran it 22 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career touchdown. Statistically, Reed is credited with a passing touchdown and Wright is credited with a receiving TD with no reception on the play.
Taylor Reed threw the second longest pass reception in school history with a 93-yard touchdown completion to Billy Foster with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. The play was one-yard shy of the record of 94 yards set in 1978 on a touchdown pass from Lloyd Patterson to Earnest Gray against Houston. The touchdown was the third thrown in the game for Reed and it was Foster's first career receiving touchdown and second overall TD. He rushed for a touchdown against Mississippi State to open the season.
Taylor Reed registered his first career 300-yard passing game. Reed completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 332 yards and three touchdowns.
Billy Foster recorded his first career 100 yard receiving game. Foster finished with four catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 17 carries for 62 yards and finished with 180 all-purpose yards. The 62 yards rushing is his second highest career total, one behind his 63 yards in the season opener against Mississippi State.
Taurean Nixon registered his first career interception when he picked off Jake Ryan late in the second quarter. Nixon was aided by Martin Ifedi who applied pressure to Ryan on the play. The Tigers scored a field goal as a result of the turnover.
Mitch Huelsing recorded his first career fumble recovery when he scooped up the ball at the 50 and made the seven-yard return to the APSU43.
Lavaris Edwards intercepted Jake Ryan's pass in the end zone with :06 remaining in the game and returned it six yards. It is his second career interception and first since 2009 against Tennessee.
Akeem Davis and Kenyata Johnson led the defense with 10 tackles each. It is the third-straight game Davis has led or tied for the team lead in stops. He finished with 10 solo stops, including a tackle for a loss of two yards and a pass breakup. Johnson had four solo tackles and a TFL of two yards. The 10 tackles are a career best for Johnson.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Paulo Henriques booted his second field goal of the game, hitting from 44 yards out with 10:27 remaining in the third quarter. This is the first game this season that Henrigues has hit multiple field goals. His last game with multiple makes was against UAB in 2010.
Paulo Henriques finished with nine points kicking. He was 2-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on PATs. The nine points kicking are the most since recording nine against UAB in 2010.