Oct. 1, 2011
Game Five - vs. Middle Tennessee - October 1, 2011 - Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Billy Foster scored a seven-yard touchdown on a rush with 10:44 remaining in the first quarter for the first time that Memphis has scored on its opening drive this season.
True freshman Artaves Gibson rolled off a 28-yard run in Memphis' first series of the second quarter to garner a new season high run for the Tigers. Gibson bested Foster's 27-yard run in the first quarter. The run put the Tigers on the MTSU 21 and Memphis scored two plays later on a seven-yard run by Taylor Reed.
True freshman quarterback Taylor Reed put the Tigers up 17-0 with a seven-yard run to the left with 13:38 remaining in the second quarter. Reed scored by diving and stretching his arm over the pylon. The play was reviewed and the call on the field was confirmed. It was Reed's first rushing touchdown and the fifth TD responsible for this year.
Billy Foster added his second rushing touchdown in the game on a two-yard run with 7:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. The two touchdown game is a career high for Foster who now has three career rushing TDs and one receiving, all coming this season. The last Memphis player to rush for two TDs was Gregory Ray against MTSU last season. Foster ran for a team season high and career best 94 yards on 23 attempts with two touchdowns.
Keiwone Malone caught his first career touchdown reception on a 23-yard pass from Taylor Reed with 1:41 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 31. It was Reed's fifth touchdown pass of the season.
Tannar Rehrer finished with career highs in receptions and receiving yards. He had 10 catches for 72 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per catch. Seven of the 10 catches were for first downs and two of the non-first down receptions went for nine yards and eight yards. The last Memphis player to have 10 or more catches in a game was Duke Calhoun with 11 against Southern Miss in 2009.
Taylor Reed finished with 230 yards passing, completing 25-of-32 attempts with one touchdown. It is the second time he has eclipsed the 200-yard mark this season.
Memphis rushed for a season best 165 yards with three touchdowns in the game. The Tigers finished with 395 yards total offense, the second highest total of the season.
The 31 points scored by Memphis is the highest total since the Tigers scored 35 in a 35-20 victory over UTEP on October 10, 2009.
Akeem Davis picked off Logan Kilgore with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter and made a 33-yard return on the play. It is Davis'second career interception. Davis has forced four turnovers in the last two games. He had an interception and two fumble recoveries last weekend against SMU. The Tigers scored a field goal off the miscue.
Mitch Huelsing registered a key sack in the second quarter when he dropped Logan Kilgore for a nine-yard loss on 3rd-and-9 from the Memphis 29. Huelsing also had a pass breakup on the previous play. It was Huelsing's first career sack. The Blue Raiders were forced to punt after starting the drive on the Memphis 30.
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