Memphis Postgame Notes vs SMU
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Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

Oct. 19, 2013

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  Team Game Notes
  • Memphis' game captains were LB Anthony Brown, RB Brandon Hayes and P Tom Hornsey. SMU won the toss and elected to receive to begin the game. Memphis began the game by defending the north goal. 
  • LB Tank Jakes made his first career start at linebacker. Jakes had entered the game as the team's co-leader in tackles with 30. 
  • Memphis punter Tom Hornsey played in a team-leading 42nd game.
  Offense Notes
  • RB Doroland Dorceus had his career-best run with a 14-yard carry in the third quarter. 
  • QB Paxton Lynch began the game 9-for-9 but only one of his first nine completions was for more than 10 yards (11 yards on the third pass completion). He finished the game 26-for-36 for 198 yards and one touchdown. 
  • RB Brandon Hayes led the team in rushing for the fifth time in six games this season. Hayes rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. 
  • Hayes scored a touchdown with 5:23 left in the fourth quarter on a one-yard rush. It is his third rushing touchdown of the season and ninth of his career. The touchdown ended a streak of seven-straight quarters without an offensive touchdown. 
  • WR Mose Frazier recorded his first career touchdown reception with an eight-yard reception from Paxton Lynch to end game. The score came on the Tigers' longest drive of the year, going 80 yards on 10 plays in 1:12 minutes. The previous longest drive was 79 yards. 
  • Lynch threw his third career touchdown as time expired and first since Arkansas State. 
  • 117 of Lynch's 198 passing yards came in the fourth quarter. He was 11-for-16 in the quarter with a touchdown. 
  • 170 of the Tigers 320 yards of offense came in the fourth quarter.
  Defense Notes
  • LB Ryan Coleman's strip, recovery and 15-yard touchdown marked the junior's second forced fumble. The touchdown also ended a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown by Memphis. 
  • Coleman also returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown on a fumble forced by Reggis Ball on a punt return. Coleman became the first Memphis player to recover two fumbles since Akeem Davis vs. SMU in 2011. He is the ninth player in school history to record two or more fumble recoveries and tied for third with two. 
  • Coleman became the first Memphis player in school history to return two fumbles for a touchdown. The two fumble returns for touchdowns ties an NCAA record. Coleman is the fourth player in NCAA history to score on two fumbles and first since SMU's Alvin Nnabulfe scored on 17 and 95 yard returns against Nevada on November 13, 2004. 
  • Ball also returned an interception 93 yards to set up Memphis' first offensive touchdown since the fourth quarter of the UCF game. The play was tied for the sixth-longest interception return by a Tiger and was the longest return since Idrees Bashir had a 100-yard return against Army in 2000. It marked the first career interception for Ball. 
  • DE Martin Ifedi had a third-quarter, quarterback sack to give him sacks in five of the Tigers' six games this season. Ifedi finished with five tackles. He now has 7.5 quarterback sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He moved into sole possession of eight in quarterback sacks in school history and currently has 16 for his career. 
  • CB Chris Morley came off the bench to record five tackles, a career high. 
  • SMU's 79-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Gilbert to Keenan Holman to culminate the Mustangs' first drive was the longest passing playing against Memphis since Gilbert threw a 70-yard pass in last year's meeting in Dallas. 
  • Prior to the SMU game, Memphis had held the previous eight opponents under 30 points scoring. SMU led 31-3 at the break and had amassed 282 yards of total offense. 
  • Memphis went into the game having held its previous four opponents under 300 total yards.
  Special Team Notes
  • Jake Elliott's streak of 11 straight field goals came to an end as he missed wide right a 39-yard attempt late in the first quarter. 
  • Among Elliott's field goals was a 52-yarder in the first quarter which tied for the second-longest field goal in school history. It was the longest field goal since Stephen Gostkowski had a record, 53-yard field goal against Marshall in 2005. 
  • Tom Hornsey had six punts for a 38.7 average. Of Hornsey's six punts, four were downed inside the SMU 20 including three inside the 10. 
  • One of Hornsey's punts was downed with a catch at Bakari Hollier at the three-yard line. The other two inside the 10 were downed at the one and the seven. 
  • Reggis Ball's blocked punt in the first quarter marked the second of his career. He also blocked a punt at UAB in 2012. 
  • Joe Craig had a career high 85 kick return yards on three attempts. The Tigers totaled 141 kickoff return yards on five attempts.



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