Sept. 24, 2011
Game Four - vs. SMU - September 24, 2011 - Memphis, Tenn.
Redshirt freshman transfer Keiwone Malone caught his long pass of the year when he hauled in a 46-yard pass from Taylor Reed with 1:02 remaining in the second quarter. The play was the second-longest passing play on the year and the third passing play over 40 yards this season. Malone transferred to Memphis from Alabama and received a waiver from the NCAA to not sit out after the transfer.
Tannar Rehrer led the team in receiving with five catches for 51 yards. The five receptions tied his career high, which was first set against Arkansas State earlier this year.
True freshman Bobby McCain made his first collegiate start in the defense. He started for another true freshman, Bakari Hollier, who was injured against APSU. McCain became the third true freshman to start for the Tigers this season. He finished the game with two pass breakups and one tackle.
Linebacker Kenyata Johnson forced Terrance Wilkerson to cough up the ball with about four minutes remaining in the first quarter. It was Johnson's first forced fumble. Akeem Davis recovered the ball at the Memphis 37. It was Davis' first career recovery.
True freshman Terry Redden saw his first action today on the defensive line. Redden, who came in late in the first quarter, is the eighth true freshmen to see action for the Tigers; and the 15th freshman to make it into the Tiger lineup.
Redshirt freshman Martin Ifedi was credited with a sack of J.J. McDermott late in the first quarter for a loss of five yards. It was Ifedi's first career sack.
Akeem Davis picked off J.J. McDermott with under two minutes remaining in the second quarter. It was Davis' first career interception. He returned the ball 10 yards to the Memphis 23.
Akeem Davis recovered his second fumble of the game with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter. Davis forced the fumble on a rush by Jared Williams and recovered it at Memphis' own 35-yard line. It was his first career forced fumble. Davis finished the game with six tackles (five solo), two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, an interception and a pass breakup.
Redshirt-senior linebacker Terrence Thomas led the team in tackles with a career best 13 tackles. Thomas also had a career high with 10 solo stops and a forced fumble. It is the second time he has gone over the double digit mark in tackles with the other being a 12-tackle performance against UAB in 2010.
The Memphis defense forced five fumbles and recovered three. The three fumble recoveries are the most since the Tiger defense recovered three against Nicholls State in 2008.
The two fumble recoveries by Akeem Davis ranks tied for third in school history. The last player to recover two or more fumbles in a game was Quinton McCrary who recovered three against UCF in 2007.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Tom Hornsey had a career high 12 punts in the game with four inside the 20-yard line and a long of 50 yards. His previous high was 10 against Louisville and Middle Tennessee in 2010. The 12 punts ties for second in school history, one behind the school record of 13 set by Hugh Owens vs. Texas A&M in 1979.