Memphis Postgame Notes
Oct. 15, 2011
Game Seven - vs. East Carolina - October 15, 2011 - Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis led 10-7 at halftime, marking the third time this season the Tigers have entered the half with the lead. The other two games were against Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee.
Skylar Jones tossed a 50-yard pass to Curtis Johnson with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter. Johnson slid on his back into the end zone and the call for a touchdown was made. After Paulo Henriques attempted the PAT, the officials called for a review and Johnson was ruled down at the 4-yard line. Memphis had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Henriques.
The 50-yard completion was the second-longest passing play this season, and were career longs for Skylar Jones and Curtis Johnson. Johnson's previous long reception was 45 yards against Southern Miss in 2010.
True freshman Artaves Gibson busted off a 31-yard run in the third quarter for the longest run from scrimmage this season. The previous long was 28 by Gibson against Middle Tennessee. Gibson finished with a team best 65 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
Curtis Johnson posted a career-high 81 receiving yards on three catches in today's game. His previous high for yards was 50 against ECU in 2010.
Freshman Taylor Reed threw his sixth touchdown of the season on an eight-yard strike to senior Tannar Rehrer with 5:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the second career touchdown reception for Rehrer. Reed entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed 5-of-12 passes for 53 yards.
Tannar Rehrer led Memphis with five receptions. He had 35 yards and a touchdown.
The touchdown off Ifedi's fumble recovery marked the first time the Memphis defense has scored since 2007 when Freddie Barnett recovered a fumble on the road at Arkansas State and rumbled 88 yards for the score.
The Memphis defense has recovered a fumble in all but the Middle Tennessee game this season; and has forced a turnover in all seven games this year.
With his 0.5 TFLs in today's game, Frank Trotter is now ranked tied for ninth in school history with Kamal Shakir (1997-00) in career TFLs with 30.
Junior Zach Gholson forced his first career fumble on a rush for a loss of one yard by Torrance Hunt at the ECU 44. Redshirt-junior Akeem Davis recovered the fumble at the ECU 45. It is Davis' third fumble recovery this season. Memphis scored a touchdown following the takeaway.
Akeem Davis led the team with nine tackles, including seven solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss. Davis has had at least one interception or fumble recovery in the last four games.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Johnnie Farms blocked Mike Barbour's 48-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter. It is Farms' second FG block of the season and the third of his career. He blocked a 44-yard field goal against Arkansas State earlier this year.
Paulo Henriques put the first points on the board with a 19-yard field goal with 4:04 remaining in the first quarter after Memphis' touchdown was reviewed and reversed. Henriques is 13-of-13 in his career from under 40 yards out.
Bakari Hollier returned five kicks for 90 yards with a long of 22. It is his second highest kick return total of the season behind a 99 yard effort against Arkansas State.