Memphis Postgame Notes vs UT Martin
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Go Tigers!

Nov. 9, 2013

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  Team Game Notes
  • Memphis’ game captains were LB Anthony Brown, RB Brandon Hayes and P Tom Hornsey. Memphis won the toss and deferred to the second half. 
  • Redshirt freshman Tony Mays made his first career start at right tackle for the Tigers. In addition, tight end Jesse Milleson and running back Jai Steib made their first starts of the season. 
  • Memphis is now 46-32-1 in homecoming games. The last homecoming win for Memphis came in 2009 against UTEP.
  Offensive Notes
  • After a four-yard loss on his first offensive series, RB Brandon Hayes got the tackles out of a hole (the UM 2-yard line) with a 14-yard run on the first play of the Tigers’ second series. Hayes broke two tackles on the play. 
  • WR Sam Craft hauled in a career-long, 30-yard reception on the Tigers’ second offensive series. 
  • Craft had three receptions for a career-high 83 yards. It was the most receiving yards by a Memphis receiver this season. 
  • TE Alan Cross had a season-long 32-yard reception to help set up a Tiger touchdown near the end of the first half. 
  • Heading into the UT Martin game, Memphis had just three, 30-yard pass receptions this season. The Tigers had two 30-plus pass plays against the Skyhawks. 
  • QB Paxton Lynch’s six-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds to play in the first half marked the redshirt freshman’s first career rushing touchdown. 
  • Lynch completed his first four passes of the game before throwing an interception. He came back to complete his next five passes including the 32-yard hookup with Cross to set up the first-half score. 
  • Brandon Hayes caught a 12-yard touchdown pass with 7:56 to play. It was the second career touchdown reception for Hayes and the second straight game he has had a touchdown catch. Hayes has scored touchdowns in five of the last six games and leads with team with six touchdowns. 
  • Lynch threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season. The game marked the third straight TD pass for the Tiger signal caller. 
  • Sam Craft scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on an eight-yard run with 2:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. 
  • Craft finished with a career high 97 all-purpose yards (83 receiving, 14 rushing). 
  • Brandon Hayes rushed for 105 yards on 27 carries. It was his second 100-yard rushing game this season with the other coming against Arkansas State with 114 yards. It is his fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career. 
  • Hayes’ 27 carries were a career high. The last player to have 25 or more rushing attempts was Gregory Ray in 2010 with 25 against Middle Tennessee. 
  • Hayes finished with a season best 120 all-purpose yards (105 rush, 15 receiving).
  Defensive Notes
  • Memphis had a defensive stand which resulted in a missed field goal midway through the second quarter. The field goal attempt which hit the upright came after Memphis’ Tank Jakes looked to have forced a fumble which Dion Witty recovered but the runner was called down upon review. An unsportsmanlike conduct call on the play did result in a 15-yard penalty. 
  • DE Ricky Hunter registered a quarterback sack in his second straight game (also second of the season). 
  • Hunter finished with a career-high three tackles for loss. 
  • UTM RB Abou Toure rushed for 113 yards, becoming the first player to rush for 100 yards against Memphis this season. Memphis’ defense began the day as one of just six FBS programs not to allow a 100-yard rusher. 
  • DB Anthony Watson had his first career interception in the fourth quarter. The pick at the five-yard line and was returned 13 yards with 7:06 to play. 
  • DL Terry Redden recorded his third sack of the season in the fourth quarter for a loss of eight yards. It is his fifth career sack. 
  • Bobby McCain recovered his second fumble of the season and career in the fourth quarter to end UT Martin’s final drive of the game. 
  • Ryan Coleman, Charles Harris, Anthony Watson and Tank Jakes all led the team with seven tackles. Harris finished with a career-best two tackles for loss with a breakup. 
  • The 122 passing yards allowed by the Memphis defense is a season low. 
  • Memphis held its fifth opponent in eight games this year to under 300 yards total offense.
  Special Team Notes
  • Jake Elliott had two of his four kickoffs go into the end zone for touchbacks. Thirteen of his 34 kickoffs this season have been touchbacks. 
  • P Tom Hornsey averaged 46.8 yards on six punts. The senior had three downed inside the 20-yard line including one downed inside the 10. Off a low snap, Hornsey picked the ball off the turf and booted a punt which would go for 70 yards. It was the sixth-longest punt in school history and Hornsey’s second of 70 yards or more this season.



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