Memphis captains for the Tulane game were TE Alan Cross, DL Terry Redden and DB Cannon Smith. Memphis won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Tigers began the game by kicking off and defending the north goal.
Memphis’ scoring began with a touchdown drive after a Tulane interception (Lonnie Ballentine picked off a Ryan Griffin pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage). The scoring drive was the fifth for the Tigers this season which has come following an opponent turnover.
Memphis won its seventh-straight game against Tulane and eighth in the last nine encounters. The Tigers hold a 11-2 advantage in games played at the Liberty Bowl and a 18-11-1 all-time series advantage.
Memphis converted on its first, fourth down attempt of the game (a fourth-and-three). The Tigers entered the game having converted on six of seven fourth down plays the previous week at Marshall and entered the Tulane game ranked ninth in the country (17-22/77.27 percent).
The Tigers also converted a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter and finished the game 2-for-4 in fourth-down attempts. The Tigers are now 14-of-17 on fourth-down plays in the last five games.
Memphis scored on its first possession of a game for just the second time this season. Arkansas State was the other.
Jesse Milleson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass for the Tigers’ first score. The Tulane game marked the second straight touchdown-reception game for Milleson who caught a one-yard touchdown pass against Marshall the previous week.
Milleson caught three passes for 52 yards, both career highs. He had a 23-yard catch during the game, a career long.
Jai Steib scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 12:05 to play in the second quarter to cap a 75-yard, 10-play drive. The drive is tied for the sixth-longest of the season.
Steib’s touchdown run was his third in the last two games and fourth of the season which have all come in the last five games.
Tevin Jones’ 52-yard touchdown catch from Jacob Karam was the third-longest reception of the season and the longest touchdown reception of the year.
Reggie Travis had a career-long, 44-yard reception early in the fourth quarter.
With his first reception of the game (a five-yard catch), Marcus Rucker moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Memphis career receptions list. Rucker entered the game tied with Russell Copeland (1989-92) for fifth with 116 receptions. Rucker finished the night with four catches for 55 yards.
Rucker also passed Isaac Bruce (1992-93) for eighth in all-time yards. Rucker now has 1,627 yards. Bruce finished his career with 1,586 yards.
Jacob Karam completed 14 passes for 18 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third multiple-touchdown throwing game of the season for Karam and first since the Middle Tennessee game.
The game marked Karam’s second with over 200 passing yards.
Brandon Hayes completed a six-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Reggie Travis to put the Tigers up 30-16. It was Hayes’ first touchdown pass and Travis’ first touchdown reception.
The Hayes-Travis combination culminated a 97-yard scoring drive for the Tigers, that tied a season long. Memphis had three of the six longest drives of the season during the Tulane game.
Memphis had 386 yards total offense, the second-highest total of the season. The Tigers had a season best 399 yards offense against Middle Tennessee.
The 276 yards passing is the second highest total of the season for Memphis.
The 37 points by Memphis are the most since the Tigers scored 41 against UT Martin in 2009.
Memphis set a new season high for interceptions with four in the game. The Tigers came into the game with three interceptions for the year.
The last time the Tigers had four interceptions in a game was 2004 against East Carolina.
Lonnie Ballentine’s interception on the first play of the game was the junior’s third of the season and first since he had two in the season opener against UT Martin.
Kenyata Johnson took the ball away from receiver Josh Rounds for an interception in the second quarter. The pick marked Johnson’s second career interception and first of the season.
Johnnie Farms posted his first sack of the season when he combined with Corey Jones for a sack in the second quarter (9-yard loss). A play later, Jones came up with his first solo sack of the season.
Corey Jones had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss to either tie or set new career standards in all three categories.
Jones had the key play of the game when he tackled Orleans Darkwa for a two-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal play on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Tank Jakes returned his first career interception for a touchdown on a 32-yard return to seal the victory for Memphis in the fourth quarter. It is the Tigers second interception returned for a touchdown this season with the other by Wynton McManis against Duke.
Memphis had a season best five takeaways in the game (4 interceptions, 1 fumble), the most since the team had six against Marshall last year.
Anthony Brown led the Tigers with 11 tackles, including six solo stops. The 11 tackles ties his career high against Duke.
Johnnie Farms tied his season high with five tackles and tied a career high with 1.5 sacks. He also had two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Tom Hornsey had three punts for 158 yards with a long of 61. He is now79 yards shy of tying the school record for punting yards with 9860.
Paulo Henriques had four of six kickoffs downed in the end zone for touchbacks. The four touchbacks tied a career high for Henriques. Henriques entered the game with 22 touchbacks on 33 kickoffs.
Keiwone Malone picked off his first career interception on a fake punt that was thrown for a pass by Peter Picerelli. The Tigers would kick a field goal on the drive prior to the end of the first half.