Southern Miss at Memphis Post Game Notes
Nov. 5, 2006
POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
Memphis Head Coach Tommy West
"I give Southern Miss a lot of credit. I thought they played really well. We are a team that is obviously struggling. We cannot go out and let them score the first three times they get the ball and expect to be in it with a good team. I give our kids credit in the second half because they battled hard."
"Our defense and kicking game is killing us right now. The field position is horrible and we don't play good defense. We have to keep trying to do a better job than what we are doing right now."
"I had to get out of our defense to be honest with you. We could not cover Southern Miss. In college football you have to play man three. You have to put more people in the box to play the run and I had to get out of it. We busted on the first series and did not take the tight end. I lost confidence that we could not cover them."
USM Head Coach Jeff Bower
"I liked the way we came out and played offense. We did a good job. We scored on five out of six drives in the first half. I thought we got sloppy on offense in the second half and didn't make some plays when we had some receivers open. It was a good win for our football team. We really needed that."
"Jeremy (Young) made some nice throws for us. We had some big plays in the half, and that's something we haven't had all year long. We may have played as many big plays in the first half as we have all year. We knew we had to be effective throwing the football, and I think we were."
"He (Tory Harrison) ran really well. When he was in there it seemed like he had the better holes to go through. I thought he ran the ball really well."
"We needed a win. We get a little confidence and do some things better and jump into this next ballgame. Hopefully we feel a little better about ourselves this week."
MEMPHIS GAME NOTES
* Southern Miss scored 35 points in the first half, which is the most points that the Tigers have given up since Cincinnati scored 35 points in the first quarter in the 2004 meeting at Cincinnati.
* Wide receiver Antonio McCoy left the game at the end of the first quarter with a dislocated knee.
* Junior tailback Joseph Doss rushed one-yard for his third rushing touchdown of the season with just over three minutes left in the first half. Doss totals five career rushing TDs and has scored from the run in the last three straight games. Doss finished the game with 105 yards rushing on 22 carries. It was his second 100-yard game of the season.
* Earnest Williams caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Martin Hankins in the second quarter for his third touchdown reception of the season. Williams has caught a pass in all but one game this season and scored on TD receptions earlier this year against Chattanooga and East Carolina. Williams ended the game with two catches for 42 yards and a TD.
* Joseph Doss registered a 32-yard run in the third quarter for the longest run of his career. Doss' previous career long was a 31-yard run last season against East Carolina. This was also only the second run over 20 yards for a Tiger this season. The other was a 23-yard run against Marshall last weekend.
* Ryan Scott caught an eight-yard pass to extend his receiving streak to 10 games, dating back to the 2005 Motor City Bowl. Scott ended the game with one catch for eight yards. In addition, Duke Calhoun caught two passes for 20 yards to extend his streak to nine games.
* Receiver Mario Pratcher was back in the lineup tonight after missing the previous two games with a knee injury. Pratcher caught one pass for four yards.
* True freshman kicker Matt Reagan missed a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was his first miss from between 20-29 yards this season. He was previously 7-of-7 from that distance. For the year, Reagan is 8 of 11 on field goal kicks.
* Brandon McDonald returned a USM punt at the end of the third quarter 31 yards for the longest return of the season. The return was also McDonald's career long as his long this year and last was 15 yards. This was also the longest Tiger return since Darron White logged a 60-yard return for a TD against Tulane in 2004.
* Freshman Duke Calhoun scored his first career rushing touchdown on a three-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 16 yards on three rushes and now has five total TDs on the year.