Notes and Quotes
Oct. 21, 2006
POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
Memphis Head Coach Tommy West
"I want to congratulate Tulsa. I think they have a very good football team. They are playing with a lot of confidence and they don't make mistakes. They did a nice job tonight"
"On our part, I thought that was the best effort we have put forth in a while. I thought our guys played hard tonight and gave it every thing they had. If we can get off the field on third down defensively but when we had them 3rd and 8 and 3rd and 9 we could not get off the field. That is the best anyone has played them on first and second down."
"We had to play some man coverage and they caught us with a screen at the end of the game. I thought from an effort stand point we played our butts off. We have to get better now and I thought we looked more like a football team at times tonight. I think we are coming along, and I don't like losing. Nobody likes losing around here and we built a reputation in three years and we are trying to start it over and build it right now. I do have to get them better as a coach."
" Paul Smith (Tulsa quarterback) does not make mistakes. We fooled him early in the game but he won't throw it to the other team. He can beat you with his legs also and he can gain yards with his legs."
"Our kicking game is hurting us badly and it has got to get better. Our kickoff coverage is killing us right now. The field position really hurt us tonight also. It is hard to play defense against a good offense."
"Our running game did what I asked them to do. We played better but the score may not look like it. We had a good week of practice and were more physical in practice. Our backs have to break tackles and must get better in the run game. We are not running the ball good enough but we ran it better."
"Our passing game was ok but we have to make more plays. In the second half, we did not convert on third down at critical times."
Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe
On how Tulsa controlled the clock to begin the game
"We did some good things on offense. We marched the ball down the field. Idris (Moss) made a big play in the second quarter catching that one in traffic. It was a lot like Southern Miss. He just goes up there and gets the ball. I'm proud of the way our guys responded in this environment. We knew it would be tough coming in here; homecoming situation against a team that is backed up against the wall. We knew we had to play well, and we did it."
"I thought our defense played extremely well. We got a little frustrated there at the end of the game, but that was fine. We had a three score lead, and we knew if they wanted to keep the ball on the ground and keep mixing it up with short passes, we were going to be fine."
On whether he was going to vote Tulsa in the top 25
MEMPHIS GAME NOTES
* Redshirt freshman Alton Starr started today at strong safety. It was his first career start as he replaced Wesley Smith who has been limited with a thigh bruise. Starr was a receiver and had been converted to defensive back this fall.
* True freshman receiver Duke Calhoun made his first career start today. He was replacing Earnest Williams who has been hobbled by a slight knee injury this week.
* Linebacker/safety Rod Smith was on the U of M sidelines today. He had surgery on Tuesday after suffering a C5 fracture in his neck against Arkansas State. Smith was released from the hospital on Thursday and is doing well.
* Junior tailback Joseph Doss entered tonight's game needing just six yards for his 1,000th career rushing yard. On Memphis' first possession, Doss rushed 14 yards for a first down on 2nd-and-5 to gain the milestone. He ended the game with 80 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught two passes for 15 yards to extend his receiving streak to seven games.
* Receiver Duke Calhoun extended his receiving streak to seven games, while senior receiver Ryan Scott extended his streak to eight games, which dates back to the 2005 Motor City Bowl. In addition to his streak, Calhoun has caught at least two passes in six of the seven games this year. Scott caught six passes for 53 yards, and Calhoun caught five passes for 24 yards.
* Joseph Doss registered his first rushing touchdown of the season; his third career, on a four-yard gain with just over eight minutes left in the second quarter. Doss recorded his first touchdown of the season, and his first career receiving TD, against Arkansas State last weekend on a 37-yard pass from receiver Ryan Scott.
* Junior cornerback LaKeitharun Ford tallied his first career interception when he picked off Paul Smith in the endzone. Ford was assisted by free safety Brandon McDonald who tipped the ball away from Idris Moss who was the intended receiver. The Tigers have intercepted a pass in three straight games, and have recorded at least one pick in all but the Ole Miss and Tennessee games this season.
* Freshman kicker Matt Reagan missed a 40-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. The attempt was the second-longest for his career as he attempted a 41 yarder against UAB. Reagan is 6-of-8 on the year. He converted both of his PATs tonight.
* Redshirt freshman receiver Carlos Singleton recorded his third touchdown reception of the season on a 13-yard pass from Martin Hankins in the fourth quarter on a 4th-and-5 situation. Singleton ended the day with a season-high five receptions for 44 yards. His previous high for catches was three vs. UAB and his previous high for yards was 37 against Chattanooga. He has caught a pass in each of the last three games.