Memphis Postgame Notes
Oct. 8, 2011
Game Six - at Rice - October 8, 2011 - Houston, Texas
With the three turnovers forced in today's game, the Tigers have now registered 14 takeaways through six games. Memphis logged 13 takeaways all of the 2010 season.
Receiver Marcus Rucker made it back in the lineup today after missing the last two games with a knee injury. He extended his receiving streak to 16 games with a nine-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
Receiver Tannar Rehrer caught 11 passes for 89 yards in today's game. This is the third-straight game that Rehrer has caught at least five passes; and the fourth time this season he has done so. The 11 receptions are a career best and rank tied for third in school history. Duke Calhoun was the last Memphis player to record 11 or more receptions with 11 against Southern Miss in 2009. The 89 yards receiving is also a career best for Rehrer.
Andy Summerlin came into the game with :30 remaining in the third quarter. It was the first time that Summerlin has come in at quarterback since he left the season opener against Mississippi State with an injury.
Taylor Reed completed 15-of-30 passes for 100 yards. He threw one interception in the third quarter, which is the first pick that Memphis has tossed since the season opener. He later threw another interception at the end of the fourth quarter. Memphis came into the game ranked tied for second nationally in least interceptions thrown. One of the 14 teams that Memphis was tied with is Rice, and they gave way to an interception in the first quarter.
Andy Summerlin completed a career long 44-yard pass to Kevin Wright in the fourth quarter. The reception was a career long for Wright and is third longest offensive play this season. Summerlin completed 9-of-13 passes for 137 yards.
Kevin Wright finished with four catches for a career best 82 yards.
Taylor Reed matched his career best with 29 rushing yards on eight carries.
The defense registered its second pick of the game with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Akeem Davis came up with the pick, which is his third in three games, and he was aided by Cannon Smith, who tipped the passed ball initially. Memphis forced multiple interceptions against Austin Peay State earlier this year.
Senior Frank Trotter was credited with two sacks, which is a career-best for the defensive lineman. Trotter came into the game with just one career sack. He finished with three tackles for loss combining for nine yards.
True freshman defensive lineman Terry Redden posted his first fumble recovery late in the third quarter. Redden recovered the ball at the Memphis 20. The Tigers have recovered a fumble in all but the Middle Tennessee game this season.
Terrence Thomas led the team in tackles with 10. He had nine tackles in the first half.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Paulo Henriques added a 30-yard field goal with 14:10 remaining in the game. This is the second time this season; and the seventh time in his career that he has hit multiple field goals in a game.