Captains for the UAB game were LB Charles Harris, OL Chris Schuetz and DB DeAndre Thompson served as game captains for the Tigers. Memphis won the toss and deferred to the second half. Memphis kicked off to begin the game, defending the north goal.
The last time Memphis scored 21 points or more in a quarter came on Sept. 19, 2009 against UT Martin when the Tigers scored 24 points in the second quarter en route to a 41-14 victory.
The last time Memphis scored 21 or more points in the first quarter came Oct. 18, 2003 against Houston. The Tigers scored 28 points in the quarter as the team went on to beat the Cougars 45-14.
The last time Memphis scored 28 points in a half (and the first half) came Nov. 29, 2008 in a 45-6 victory over Tulane. The Tigers led 28-0 at halftime.
The last time Memphis scored 40 or more points came against UT Martin in 2009. The 46 points was the most since Memphis defeated SMU 55-52 on November 24, 2007.
Memphis won back-to-back games for the first time since 2008.
The Tigers win the Battle of the Bones for the third time since the two teams began playing for the 100-pound bronze rack of ribs given annually to the winner of the game. The other two Memphis wins came in 2007 and 2008.
Memphis scores on its first drive for the third time this season and the second straight week (Arkansas State & Tulane were the other games). Memphis’ opening series covered 66 yards on nine plays and consumed 4:27.
Memphis scored on all three series of the first quarter and its first four offensive series of the game. The Tigers had not opened a game in 2012 with consecutive scores prior to the UAB game.
The last time the Tigers scored on its first two possessions of a game came last year against UAB.
The last time Memphis had four straight scoring drives in a game came Dec. 21, 2007 vs. FAU in the New Orleans Bowl. The Tigers scored two field goals and two touchdowns.
The last time Memphis scored on four straight series to begin a game came on Sept. 27, 2007 at Arkansas State when the Tigers scored on five straight series (TD, FG, TD, TD, TD, TD). The last time Memphis scored touchdowns on four straight drives came against Chattanooga on Sept. 17, 2005 ( 59-14 win).
Brandon Hayes’ seven-yard touchdown run to cap the Tigers’ first offensive series was the junior’s second of the season. Hayes finished the game with 19 carries for a career-high 127 yards and three touchdowns.
The last Memphis player to score three or more rushing touchdowns was Curtis Steele against Tulsa in 2009 (he had four).
The last Memphis player to rush for 125 yards or more was Gregory Ray with 176 yards against Houston in 2010.
After missing three games with an injury, freshman offensive lineman Taylor Fallin returned for the Tigers starting with the game’s second series.
Senior offensive lineman Jordan Devey played three different offensive positions for the second time this season – left tackle, left guard and right guard.
Brandon Hayes’ 38-yard run in the second quarter marked a team long this season and set up a two-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Karam to Jesse Milleson.
Jesse Milleson has now caught a touchdown pass in the Tigers’ last three games (1-yard TD reception v Marshall and a 15-yard TD reception v Tulane).
Memphis quarterback Jacob Karam posted his fourth, multiple-touchdown game and set a career standard with three touchdown passes. He completed his first 10 passes for 126 yards en route to a 14-for-16 passing game (147 yards). Karam did not have an incompletion until the 5:53 mark of the second quarter was his first of the game.
Marcus Rucker moved into seventh place in school history with 1,652 career receiving yards, passing Darron White (2001-04 – 1,649).
Memphis’ defense held UAB to three-and-out on the Blazers’ first two series of the game, a first in 2012.
Ricky Hunter registered his third quarterback of the season, resulting in a 12-yard loss in forcing UAB in a third-and-22 situation in the second quarter. A incompletion on third down and a punt gave the Tigers the ball back at their own 20 with 52 seconds to play in the first half.
Johnnie Farms came into the game with 1 ½ quarterback sacks. His quarterback sack for a nine-yard loss on third down early in the third quarter stopped a UAB drive.
Terry Redden forced his first career fumble, leading to a Tiger touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Redden was credited with a quarterback sack on the play, the first of his career. Akeem Davis recovered the loose ball for the Tigers, marking the senior’s seventh career recovery. Redden finished with two sacks.
Tank Jakes led the Tigers with a career high eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Andrew Gaines recorded his first career interception at the end of the fourth quarter.
Memphis recorded six sacks in the game for the second time this season. The other was against East Carolina.
Memphis defense held UAB to 213 total yards offense, the lowest total this season by an opponent.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Reggis Ball’s blocked punt late in the first quarter marked the Tigers’ fourth blocked kick of the season. Kendrick Golden recovered for the Tigers. The block led to Memphis’ third score of the game as the Tigers took a 21-0 lead with 2:16 to play in the quarter. Other Memphis players to block kicks this season – Leonard Pegues, Tevin Jones and Tyriq Patrick.
Keiwone Malone had punt returns of 25 and 57 yards in the game and went on to more than double his season total punt return yardage entering the game (13 returns for 82 yards). Malone finished the game with five returns for 112 yards.The 57-yard return in the third quarter was the longest since Darron White had a 60-yard return against Tulane in 2004. It also marked the first 100-yard punt return game by a Tiger since 1994 when Ryan Roskelly had 194 punt return yards against Tulsa.
Memphis junior punter Tom Hornsey had three punts for 119 yards and during the day became Memphis’ all-time leader in punt yards with 9,979 yards moving ahead of Jeff Fite (1987-90) who finished his career with 9,939 yards.
Paulo Henriques nailed a career-long, 51-yard field goal in the third quarter. He entered the game 1-for-3 from 50 yards or more (previous career best of 50 yards). The field goal ties for the fifth-longest in school history and is the longest since Stephen Gostkowski had field goals of 51 and a school record 53 yards in 2005.
Memphis blocked its first PAT since 2009, with Charles Harris returning the block for two points on the safety.