Memphis’ game captains were LB Anthony Brown, RB Brandon Hayes and P Tom Hornsey. Houston won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Memphis received the football to begin the game and defended the north goal.
Memphis junior CB Bobby McCain had a streak of 25 consecutive starts come to an end on Saturday at Houston.
Memphis punter Tom Hornsey played in a team-leading 41st game. Defensive lineman Corey Jones appeared in his 39th game, making his 20th career start. With his 25th career start, SAF Lonnie Ballentine equaled McCain for most starts by a current Memphis player.
Freshman WR Daniel Hurd and true freshman DAWG Jackson Dillon made their first career starts in the Houston game. Sophomore DE Ricky Hunter made his first start of the season as Terry Redden started for the first time this season at NT. CB Bakari Hollier made his first start of the season and the seventh of his career.
Memphis had six players carry the ball in the first quarter. True freshman Doroland Dorceus, a native of nearby Spring, Texas, made it seven when he started a series in the second quarter.
WR Mose Frazier had a 16-yard run on the Tigers’ second offensive series, his first rush as a Tiger.
Frazier also finished the game with five receptions for 81 yards, both career highs. Frazier had a 23-yard reception in the first half and a 31-yarder in the second. He had a career high 97 all-purpose yards.
Memphis went to a Wildcat formation for the first time this season, utilizing true freshman Sam Craft as the quarterback. Craft finished the game withtwo carries for five yards.
QB Paxton Lynch completed 4-for-6 passes for 73 yards in the second quarter after a first quarter in which he was 3-of-6 for 30 yards. For the game, Lynch was 21-for-41 passing for 222 yards.
RB Brandon Hayes led the Tigers with 72 yards rushing on 12 carries. It marks his fourth-straight game with 70 yards or more rushing.
Memphis’ defense gave up just six rushing yards in the first quarter and 6 yards for the first half (-1 UH rushing yards in the second quarter). Houston entered the contest averaging 226.5 yards rushing. For the game, UH finished the game with 247 total yards of offense including 38 rushing.
Memphis entered the game ranked 16th in rushing yards, giving up 104 yards per game.
CB Andrew Gaines, a Houston native, had a big pass breakup in the end zone with 5:15 to play in the second quarter on a fourth-down UH play. Gaines finished the game with one tackle
DE Martin Ifedi, another Houston native, registered an early, third-quarterback sack. He now has 6.5 sacks for the season (-35 yards) and 15 for his career which moved him into a tie for eighth with Brain Barnett (1992-95).
CB Bakari Hollier made his first start this season and finished the game with five tackles.
LB Tank Jakes matched a had a career high with nine tackles in the game.
Memphis recovered a fumble at the UH 38-yard line with 6:14 to play. It was only the fourth Cougar turnover this season.
Houston was held to its lowest rushing total of the season with 38 yards. The Cougars previous low was 150 yards against UTSA.
The Cougars were also held to their season low in passing yards. The previous low was 255 in the season opener against Southern.
The 247 total yards offense for Houston was also a season low for the Cougars who came into the game ranked 10th in the nation with a 534 yard-per-game average.
Special Teams Notes
Jake Elliott ran his streak to 10-for-10 on field goal attempts to begin his career. Elliott had a 33-yard boot in the first quarter and a career-long, 50-yarder along with a 24-yarder in the second quarter. He added a 42-yarder with 7:34 to play in the third quarter to give the Tigers their first lead (12-10). His fifth with 4:34 to play in the third quarter (15-10 Memphis) tied a school record set by Ryan White vs. UAB in 1999. White was 5-for-6 in that game.
Elliott’s 15 points kicking ranks fourth in school history. It is the most points by a kicker since Stephen Gostkowski had 17 against Arkansas State in 2004.
Elliott also had three tackles in the game. At the time of his third, it ranked second on the team.
Memphis punter Tom Hornsey had a season-low three punts. He had a 51.7-yard average.