Memphis-Houston Postgame Notes
Nov. 21, 2009
Game Eleven – vs. Houston – November 21, 2009 – Houston, Texas
· Duke Calhoun caught a four-yard pass from Will Hudgens in the first quarter to extend his career receiving streak to 48 games, which ranks third nationally coming into today’s game. Calhoun has caught a pass in all 48 games played during his Memphis career. Calhoun finished the game with five receptions for 17 yards.
· Curtis Steele scored two touchdowns in the first half off a two-yard run and a 25-yard run. His first TD was off a direct snap and he rushed for 48 of the team’s 65 yards on six carries on that drive. His 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked his third-straight game of multiple rushing touchdowns (5th of the season; 6th of his career). The two TD runs in the first half give him 11 for the season, which ranks tied for fifth in a single season with Dante’ Brown and Dave Casinelli.
· Carlos Singleton caught an 11-yard pass from Will Hudgens in the second quarter to extend his receiving streak to 16 games, which is second on the team behind Duke Calhoun’s streak of 48 games. Singleton finished with two receptions for 21 yards in the game.
· Curtis Steele logged his 100th yard of the game in the second quarter, marking his fifth 100-yard game this season; the 11th of his career. It was also his third straight 100-yard effort. Steele is now tied for second in career 100-yard games with Gerard Arnold, who logged 11 games over the century mark from 1997-1999.
· Curtis Steele came in to today’s game ranked seventh all-time in school history with 2,070 yards. With his 160 yards today, he moved to fifth place with 2,230 yards, surpassing Larry Porter (2,194) and Paul Gowen (2,227). Steele is the only player in the Tiger Top 10 to have only played two seasons at the U of M. Steele totals 1,007 yards this season to rank seventh in single-season yardage.
· Curtis Steele continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 72 points. He also totals 114 career points for the Tigers.
· Quarterback Will Hudgens threw for 60 yards off nine completions in 18 attempts to move up through the Tiger Top 10 QBs. Hudgens now ranks eighth with 430 career attempts; sixth with 240 completions; ninth with 18 TDs and seventh in yardage with 2,681 yards.
· Senior Arkelon Hall came in at quarterback in the fourth quarter. It was Hall’s first time in at quarterback since late in the UT-Martin game. Hall started the first two games of the season. Hall finished with 41 yards on 6-for-10 passing. Brett Toney also came in on that drive and logged a run for first-down yardage. Toney had two rushes for 17 yards in the game.
· Curtis Steele’s 160 rushing yards in the game moved his season total to 1,007. It is the second-straight season he has rushed for over 1,000 yards and makes him only the second Memphis back to have multiple 1,000-yard years. The other was DeAngelo Williams who holds the school record with 6,026 yards in 44 games. The 160-yard rushing game is his second highest total of the season with his season and career best coming against UTEP with 240 yards.
· With 17 receiving yards in the game, Duke Calhoun moved into second place for most receiving yards in a season with 898 yards. He surpassed his 2007 total of 890 yards. Isaac Bruce holds the season record with 1,054 yards in 1993.
· Senior defensive end Steven Turner dropped backup QB Cotton Turner for a loss of five yards in the third quarter for his first sack of the season.
· Jamon Hughes led the team for the third-straight game in tackles with a career best 18, including six solo stops.
· Freshman Marcus Hightower logged 169 yards on nine kickoff returns to mark his second straight games over the century mark. His nine kickoff returns set a school record for most in a single game. The previous record was eight returns set by Michael Grandberry against UCF and FAU in 2007 and Antoine Harden against Tennessee in 2001. His 169 kickoff return yards also set a school single game record surpassing the previous high of 168 set by Michael Grandberry against Southern Miss in 2007.