Memphis Postgame Notes at USF
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Go Tigers!

Nov. 16, 2013

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  Team Game Notes
  • Memphis’ game captains were LB Anthony Brown, P Tom Hornsey and TE Jesse Milleson. USF won the toss and deferred to the second half. Memphis received and defended the south goal to begin the game. 
  • RB Doroland Dorceus made his first career start in the sixth game the true freshman has played in his career as a Tiger. 
  • Kewan Alfred made his first appearance of the season late in the fourth quarter.
  Offensive Notes
  • In his first career start, RB Doroland Dorceus rushed for 51 yards on eight carries, both career highs. 
  • Dorceus’ 26-yard run in the second quarter marked the seventh-longest run of the season. The play helped set up a 56-yard Elliott field goal. Dorceus had a 34-yard run against UT Martin. 
  • Paxton Lynch rushed for a career-high 51 yards on six carries. 
  • Senior RB Brandon Hayes led the team with 78 yards rushing on 20 carries. He moved up four spots on the Memphis all-time rushing leaderboard to 19th with 1,279 career rushing yards. Hayes surpassed Marcus Holliday (1,275), Leon Bosby (1,244), Herb Covington (1,236) and Tony Wiley (1,215). 
  • Hayes scored his fifth rushing touchdown on a five-yard carry in the fourth quarter. It is the sixth game in the last seven that he has scored a touchdown. Hayes totals 11 career rushing touchdowns and has a team-leading seven touchdowns this season that includes two receiving TDs. 
  • Memphis was held to a season low 59 yards passing. The last time the Tigers were held to under a 100-yards passing came against SMU in 2012 (85).
  Defensive Notes
  • Defensive lineman Johnnie Farms returned from a six-game suspension and recorded one tackles in his first playing time since the Middle Tennessee game. 
  • Bobby McCain intercepted his fourth pass of the season and fifth of his career in the first quarter. He totaled a career high three in the game. McCain has now gained eight turnovers (six interceptions and two fumbles). 
  • Memphis has a goal-line stand in the second quarter which ended with a USF fumble the Tigers recovered in the end zone. Memphis opponents have now converted on just 6 of their last 12 series in the red zone. Memphis entered the game allowing opponents to convert on just 75.9 percent of their red zone possessions (22-of-29). 
  • True freshman defensive lineman Jackson Dillon had two tackles for loss (-4 yards) to establish a new career high. He finished with four solo tackles. 
  • DL Martin Ifedi had two quarterback sacks including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter, giving him 10.5 for the season. He now has 19 sacks, tying him with Marlon Brown (1985-88) for third all-time at Memphis. The 10.5 sacks this season ranks fifth all-time at Memphis. 
  • Bobby McCain returned his second interception of the game 37-yards for a touchdown. It is his third career defensive touchdown and second of the season. 
  • McCain added a third interception to end the game with a pick in the USF endzone. The three interceptions in the game ties a school record with four others. The last Tiger with three interceptions was Eddie Moore against Tulane in 1988. 
  • Sophomore DB Dion Witty recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter and returned it 22 yards. The Tigers scored a field goal on the drive. 
  • The last time Memphis intercepted four or more passes came against Tulane in 2012 (4). That game also marked the last time Memphis had five or more takeaways (4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery).
  Special Team Notes
  • After missing his last field goal attempt back in mid-October and following two games in which he did not have an attempt, Jake Elliott drilled a 19-yard field goal to put the Tigers on the board with 1:46 to play in the first quarter. 
  • Elliott kicked a 56-yard field goal that hit the crossbar and bounced through to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead with 12 seconds to play in the first half. Elliott’s field goal set a school record previously held by current New England Patriots’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski (53-yarder against Marshall in 2005). The field goal established a new American Athletic Conference record. 
  • Elliott’s field goal also tied for the longest this season in FBS Football. Elliott tied four other kickers for the season long – Cody Journell (Virginia Tech), Marshall Morgan (Georgia), Cairo Santos (Tulane), Chris Boswell (Rice). 
  • Elliott went 3-for-3 in field goal attempts with kicks of 19, 56 and 34 yards. He is now 14-for-15 in field goal attempts this season.
  • Elliott’s 14 field goals are the second most by a Memphis freshman in a season. Ryan White has the freshman record with 16 in 1998. 
  • Elliot’s 14 field goals this season ranks tied for 9th in school history. 
  • Ray Guy Award semifinalist Tom Hornsey averaged 45.8 yards on five punts. Among his punts were two of 50 yards or more including a 60-yarder downed inside the one-yard line.



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