Memphis Postgame Notes vs UCF
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Go Tigers!

Oct. 5, 2013

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  Team Game Notes
  • Memphis’ game captains were LB Anthony Brown, RB Brandon Hayes and P Tom Hornsey. Memphis won the coin toss for the first time this season and deferred to the second half. UCF received the opening kickoff and defended the north goal. 
  • Memphis utilized the same defensive unit as the Arkansas State game. Memphis’ offensive line saw its first change of the season with Antonio Foster and Chris Schuetz switching positions from the first three games of the season.
  Offense Notes
  • Memphis scored on its first series of the game for the second straight game, driving 67 yards on seven plays for 2:35. The series was highlighted by a season-long 26-yard reception by TE Alan Cross. Quarterback Paxton Lynch was 3-for-4 for 42 yards on the opening drive. 
  • Running back Brandon Hayes capped the opening series with a 16-yard touchdown run. The TD run was the second straight game in which Hayes scored on the opening drive (6 yard TD run vs. Arkansas State). Hayes now has 8 career TD runs. 
  • Mose Frazier caught a 43-yard, second-half pass, a career long. The pass play marked Paxton Lynch’s second-longest throw of the season. 
  • Sam Craft’s 11-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter marked the second straight game in which the freshman has scored. His second career TD equaled his father Ray who played for the Tigers (1986-88). 
  • Joe Craig caught a career-high five passes for 61 yards. 
  • Paxton Lynch completed 20-of-38 passes for 279 yards. Lynch set career highs pass completions and passing yards. 
  • The game marked the first time since Tulane last year the Tigers had passed for 200 yards or more. 
  • Tevin Jones had a season high 63 yards receiving on four catches. 
  • Memphis had 10 receivers with at least one catch for the second-straight game. 
  • Brandon Hayes led the team with 73 yards rushing on 12 attempts with a touchdown. 
  • The 279 yards passing by Memphis was the most passing yards given up by UCF this season. The previous high was 265 by South Carolina.
  Defense Notes
  • Memphis’ defense became the first opponent to hold UCF without a first-half touchdown this season. The Knights had outscored opponents 79-10 in the first half heading into the game. The only other team to score in the first half against UCF this season was Penn State. 
  • Memphis’ defense held the Knights to just 95 yards of offense in the first half. 
  • Memphis finally got its first quarterback sack late in the third quarter when Tank Jakes came on a delayed blitz that went for a 13-yard loss. The sack marked the second straight game in which Jakes had a sack and was the fourth of his career. 
  • UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles entered the game having completed 70.8 percent of his passes. Against Memphis, he completed 17-of-36 passes against Memphis (47.2 percent). 
  • Memphis held UCF to a season low 270 yards offense after coming into the game averaging 450 yards per game. The Knights previous low was 390 yards against FIU. 
  • The Memphis defense also held UCF to season lows in rushing yards with 110 and passing yards with 160. The Knights came into game averaging 152.5 yards on the ground and 297.5 yards in the air. 
  • The game marked the third straight that Memphis has allowed under 300 yards offense.
  Special Team Notes
  • Jake Elliott booted a career-long, 48-yard field goal with 2:19 to play in the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10. The field goal was into a wind blocking at around 10 miles per hour. With the kick, Elliott is now 5-for-5 kicking field goals. 
  • Elliott’s 48-yarder was the longest FG by a freshman since Ryan White booted a 52-yard field goal against Cincinnati in 1998. 
  • Of Elliott’s four kickoffs, three were for touchbacks. 
  • Tom Hornsey averaged 47.2 yards per punt against UCF. Among his punts was a 55-yarder. He had two punts downed inside opponents’ 20-yard line. Hornsey also executed a fake punt with a 14-yard run. The fourth-down conversion sustained a drive that resulted in a Tiger go ahead touchdown (17-10 with 12:59 to play). 
  • Marquis Warford began the second half with a 32-yard kickoff return. It was his second-longest return of the season and marked the freshman’s fifth play (rush, return) of 30 yards or more.



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