Nov. 12, 2011
Game 10 - vs. UAB - November 12, 2011 - Memphis, Tenn.
TEAM GAME NOTES
Memphis did not commit a turnover for the first time this season. The last time the Tigers did not turn the ball over came against Middle Tennessee in 2010.
Tight end Justin Henderson logged his second career touchdown off an 11-yard pass from Taylor Reed with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter. Henderson scored his first-ever touchdown against Tulane. The TD pass was the ninth for true freshman quarterback Taylor Reed.
Billy Foster made a three-yard run into the endzone for his fifth career rushing touchdown with 6:07 remaining in the first quarter to give Memphis a 14-3 advantage. The previous play set up the score as Taylor Reed raced around to avoid a sack and completed a pass to Foster for a 50-yard gain. Foster fumbled and Kevin Wright recovered the ball at the UAB 5. A roughing the passer penalty put the ball on the 3. The 50-yard play tied for the second-longest offensive play this season. It tied a 50-yard pass from Skylar Jones to Curtis Johnson against East Carolina.
Taylor Reed completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Tannar Rherer to put Memphis up 21-3 with 6:38 remaining in the second quarter. It is Rehrer's fourth TD reception of the season; and the third in the last four games. It was Reed's 10th TD pass and the third multiple-TD game of the season.
Sophomore Jerrell Rhodes logged a one-yard touchdown run with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter to put Memphis ahead, 28-10. It was Rhodes' first rushing TD of the season; and the second of his career. He scored again later in the third quarter.
True freshman Taylor Reed made his eighth career start today. He completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Reed completed eight of his first nine passes in the game today.
Tannar Reher registered seven receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown in today's game. Rehrer has logged five or more catches in seven games this season. He had a streak of five, five-reception games going into the UCF game but the streak was snapped when he was injured early in the game.
Jerrell Rhodes scored for the second time of the game when he had a 22-yard scamper to put Memphis up, 35-17, with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter. Rhodes is only the second Tiger to score two rushing touchdowns in a single game. Billy Foster scored twice from the run against Middle Tennessee.
The Tigers rushed for 217 yards on 33 carries in today's game for the highest rushing total of the season. The last time Memphis hit 200 yards rushing was in 2010 against Houston when the Tigers rolled up 229 yards on 49 carries. The three rushing TDs today are the most for Memphis since the Tulsa game (last game of the season) in 2009 when the squad logged four rushing TDs against the Golden Hurricane.
Memphis scored five offensive touchdowns today for the most TDs since scoring five against UTEP in 2009. That was also the last time that Memphis scored 35 points in a game.
Jerrell Rhodes finished with a career high 95 yards rushing on 17 attempts with two touchdowns. His previous best was 90 yards rushing in 2010 against UTEP. He now has three career rushing TDs.
Billy Foster led the team with 166 all-purpose yards. The senior led the team with 79 yards receiving on three catches and also had 87 yards rushing with a touchdown on 10 attempts.
DEFENSIVE NOTES With Taurean Nixon out with an injury, true freshmen Bakari Hollier and Bobby McCain started on the corners. It is the first game this season that Memphis has started true freshmen on the corners.
Senior linebacker Terrence Thomas dropped Jonathan Perry in the first quarter for a loss of 12 yards for his first sack this season.
Bobby McCain forced Jamarcus Nelson to fumble the ball at the Memphis 44 for his first career forced fumble. Mitch Huelsing recovered the ball on the 44 for his second career recovery. The play was reviewed and the call on the field stood as a turnover. The Tigers scored a touchdown on their ensuing drive.
Bakari Hollier was credited with a forced fumble in the third quarter and the ball was recovered by Akeem Davis. It was Hollier's first forced fumble and Davis' fourth recovery of the season and of his career. Davis is tied for third all-time in season fumble recoveries. He is tied with multiple players. Lonnie Ballentine made the initial tackle and had Patrick Hearn wrapped up when Hollier made the hit to pop the ball out. The Tigers scored a touchdown on their ensuing drive.
The Tiger defense forced two turnovers in the game today. It was the seventh time this season that Memphis has garnered multiple turnovers in a game. The Tigers came into the game ranked tied for 27th in turnovers gained and tied for 18th nationally in fumbles recovered. For the season, the U of M has registered 21 takeaways, while the squad logged just 13 takeaways during all of the 2010 season.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES