Sept. 21, 2013
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|| Team Game Notes
- Memphis’ game captains for the third straight game were LB Anthony Brown, RB Brandon Hayes and P Tom Hornsey. Arkansas State won the toss and deferred to the second half. Memphis received to open the game and defended the south goal.
- Offensively, Memphis WRs Sam Craft and Adrian Henderson started for the first time this season. Defensively, nose tackle Donald Pennington received his first career starting nod. WR Daniel Hurd, RB Doroland Dorceus, OL Tony Mays and WR Drew Bishop saw their first action as a Tiger during Game 3.
- Heading to this game, Memphis had scored 14 points in just three games in the first quarter dating back to 2009. The Tigers were 2-1 in those games.
- Memphis had scored 24 points in the first half five times since 2007 coming into today’s game. The Tigers were 4-1 in those games. The last time Memphis scored 24 points in the first half was last year in a 46-9 win at UAB.
- Memphis now leads the series with Arkansas State 29-24-5. The win snapped a two-game losing skid against the Red Wolves and is the first since a 29-17 win in Memphis in 2008.
|| Offensive Notes
- Memphis scored on its first series of the game, driving 77 yards on 7 plays which consumed 2:59. It was the first time this season the Tigers scored on their opening drive this season.
- Brandon Hayes capped the Tigers’ first scoring drive with a six-yard touchdown run, his first rushing TD of the season. He now has seven career rushing TDs. Hayes rushed for 73 yards on eight carries in the first quarter and finished with 114 yards on 18 carries in the game.
- TE Alan Cross has caught a touchdown pass in four of the last five games. Five of Cross’ seven career touchdown receptions have come in the last five games dating back to 2012.
- RB Marquis Warford’s 47-yard, second quarter run is the longest rushing play this season. Memphis entered the game with just one rushing play of 20+ yards. Earlier in the game, Hayes had a 32-yard run.
- Warford rushed for 121 yards on three carries in the second quarter. It was the most yards in a quarter since DeAngelo Williams rushed for 117 yards in the final quarter of his career in the Motor City Bowl against Akron in 2005.
- Warford finished the game with 173 yards on 11 carries, averaging 15.7 yards per carry. The last Memphis player to rush for 150 yards or more was Gregory Ray against Houston in 2010 (176).
- Warford’s 15.7 yards per carry was one carry short of meeting the 12 carry minimum for the school record book. However, the mark would have ranked second in school history behind 15.8 yards per carry by Richard Williams against Georgia Tech in 1980.
- Sam Craft rushed five yards for his first career touchdown with 5:25 left in the first half.
- Memphis rushed for 216 yards in the first half. It was the most yards rushing in a half by the Tigers since they rushed for 252 yards in the second half against Akron in 2005.
- Daniel Hurd’s 27-yard reception in the third quarter was the first of his career. He hooked up with Paxton Lynch for a five-yard reception to the other side of the field on the Tigers’ next play.
- Memphis had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2008 (vs. SMU). Curtis Steele (123) and Brandon Ross (112) were the last duo to both rush for over 100 yards.
- Brandon Hayes rushed for 114 yards on 18 carries. Hayes recorded his third career 100-yard game and first of the season.
- Memphis’ 329 rushing yards was the most since 2008 (vs. Tulane – 379).
- Memphis had 505 yards of total offense. It marked the first 500-yard yard game since 2008 vs. Southern Miss (516).
- Al Bond had played every snap in the Tigers’ last 21 games before getting break during the third series of the Arkansas State game. Bond returned for the game’s fourth series.
|| Defensive Notes
- Martin Ifedi has now registered a quarterback sack in each Tiger game this season. He had his first for a five-yard loss during Arkansas State’s opening series. Ifedi had 2.5 sacks and seven tackles in the first half alone, which both tied career game records.
- Ifedi finished with a career highs in tackles (10) and tackles for loss (4.5). Among his TFLs were one on the first two series of the second half. The TFLs are the fourth most in a game in school history.
- Heading into the weekend, the most tackles for loss by an FBS player was four.
- Anthony Watson had five tackles by the end of the first quarter which bettered his previous career mark of four. Watson went on to finish with six tackles on the day.
- Bobby McCain made his second interception of the season and third of his career with under five minutes to go in the first half.
- Memphis had six sacks and nine tackles for loss in the first half. The Tigers finished with seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss. The seven sacks ties for the most in school history. It is the fifth time Memphis has recorded seven sacks in a game and first since doing it against Houston in 2006.
- DL Terry Redden tied a career high with two sacks and two tackles for loss.
- Memphis had eight different players record a tackle for loss or assist on a loss.
|| Special Team Notes
- Keiwone Malone registered a 31-yard punt return in the first quarter. It was Malone’s fourth game with a punt return of 30 yards or more during his career. Malone had four punt returns for 58 yards.
- Jake Elliott ran his field goals made streak to four-straight during the game. He had a 23-yarder in the second quarter of the game.