Post Game Notes
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Go Tigers!

Oct. 16, 2004

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Post Game Quotes

UM Coach Tommy West
"I feel good about where we are as a football team. The first half was really a strange half. I feel good we are 5-1 right now. We are kind of a quiet and sneaky 5-1 and that is pretty darn good. We have come a long way. A year ago at this time we were 3-3.We did have some injuries though. We expect to win but we still have to learn how fundamentally to win."

"Darron White is a ball player. He shows alot of leadership and when it is at the most critical point in the game I want him to get the ball in his hands."

"We still have to improve on some things though. Our kick return team has got to get better. We have to get better field position. Our kickoff coverage was better today. In the second half we got off some blocks better and covered better. We did have some injuries though. Michael Spurlock has a broken leg, and will be out for the year. Brandon Stewart tore his ACL; Cato Mott has an ankle injury and Tristan Thomas has a concussion."

Tulane Coach Chris Scelfo
On Danny Wimprine. "He's a competitor. He knows how to use the guys around him. He's grown up tremendously. Three years ago, he wasn't as near as good as he is today because of it." On Memphis ending the first half with a touchdown. "That was a big play, and that's what I just told our football team; to overcome adversity. We didn't handle it very well today collectively. They ended up scoring four-straight times. They handled it a lot better than we did. That's a step we've got to take." On missed opportunities "We had some opportunities there, and we have to give Memphis credit. I thought our receivers did a nice job getting down the field, in the first half especially. We just missed them. Sometimes you roll sevens, and we didn't on a few times." On Tulane's defense. "I really thought we were able to contain their run pretty good. We let them gash us in the second half. We didn't respond to adversity from that stand point. The touchdown right before half, then not stopping them coming out on that second half drive, and then going three-and-out. That set of three or four series, we didn't show the resilience we needed to show, especially against a football team like Memphis."

 

 

Game Notes:
* Senior Darron White returned the first Tulane punt of the game 60 yards for a touchdown, marking the first punt return for a touchdown since 1994 when Ryan Roskelly scored on a punt against Tulsa. White finished with five punt returns for 92 yards to tie for fifth all-time in single game punt return yards.

* Junior tailback DeAngelo Williams scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season in the second quarter off a 10-yard run off the direct snap, and in doing so tied Dante Brown (2001) and Dave Casinelli (1962) for second in touchdowns in a season. The leader is Casinelli who totaled 14 rushing TDs in 1963. Williams' touchdown also marked his 30th career touchdown, as well as his 26th career rushing TD.

* In the third quarter, Williams ran five yards for a score and notched his 12th rushing touchdown and became the second all-time scoring running back. Williams also picked up his 31st career touchdown, as well as his 27th career rushing TD.

* Following his first seven carries of today's game, DeAngelo Williams became Memphis' second all-time leading rusher as far as attempts is concerned. He came into the game with 493 carries, and moved ahead of Larry Porter (498) and Gerard Arnold (499). Williams finished the game with 19 carries and now totals 512 career carries. Dave Casinelli continues to hold the school mark with 549 carries from 1960-63.

* With the 38-yard touchdown pass from Danny Wimprine to Tavares Gideon, Gideon has now tallied six TDs in 2004. He is the only Tiger receiver this season to total multiple touchdown receptions. Gideon has now scored in 11 of his 18 games played. The Greenwood, Miss., native scored again in the fourth quarter and has 15 career TD receptions, and is tied for third, with Isaac Bruce, in the U of M record books behind Earnest Gray (17) and Bill Robertson (16).

* Senior receiver Von Webb picked up his first reception of the season in the third quarter. It was his 12th career reception. Webb was one of a 10 Tigers to record a reception on the afternoon.

* Ten receivers matches a season high for Memphis. The Tigers had 10 receivers to make a catch against UAB and Houston.

* Darron White recorded his 11th career touchdown reception on an eight-yard pass that helped Memphis to a 35-10 lead in the third quarter. It was also White's first TD reception of the 2004 season.

* Sophomore DB Dustin Lopez picked off Tulane QB Lester Ricard with just over six minutes left in the game to set up the one-yard rushing touchdown three plays later by senior Robert Douglas. The interception was a first for Lopez who transferred to Memphis from West Minnesota Junior College, and the touchdown was Douglas' first rushing score. He caught his first career TD pass against Arkansas State earlier this year.

* There were several injury timeouts in today's game. Cato Mott left the field on crutches with a possible fractured fibula. Michael Spurlock left the field on a cart with a broken left tibia, and a couple of plays later in the third quarter, the medical staff tended to Tristan Thomas who may have suffered a concussion. Thomas left the ASU game earlier this year with a concussion. Brandon Stewart suffered a torn ACL late in the game.

* DeAngelo Williams rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries today for his 19th rushing game of 100-plus yards. He has rushed for a score in each of the six games this season, and leads Memphis in scoring with 78 points. His 188 career points ranks sixth all-time. With his yardage in today's game, Williams now totals 2998 career yards.

* With the victory today, Memphis improves to 5-1 on the year for the first time since 1967. That year, Memphis opened at 5-1 and ended the year at 6-3 under Coach Billy J. Murphy. Memphis also opened the 1966 season with a 5-1 record.

* Senior QB Bobby Robison's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Tavares Gideon was his third of the season. Robison threw for a pair of scores against Chattanooga.

* Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was 7-of-7 on PATs today. He now has 79 consecutive PATs and continues to rank second nationally. His 104 PATs made for his career ranks him third in the Tigers' record books. The junior kicker also moved into second place all-time with 109 PAT's attempted. His 221 points scored moves him into third in Tiger history behind Joe Allison (263) and Ryan White (248).

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