Memphis Post-Game Notes
Nov. 24, 2007
Sophomore receiver Duke Calhoun extended his receiving streak to 23 games with his seven-yard catch from Martin Hankins on Memphis' first offensive series. Calhoun has caught a pass in each of the 23 career games he has played in. He ended the game wih six catches for 65 yards.
Junior backup quarterback Will Hudgens scored his second rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard scamper with 7:01 left in the first quarter. Memphis used a 14 play, 72-yard drive with three different quarterbacks under center on the drive to tie the score at 7-all. Hudgens scored his first rushing TD last week versus UAB.
Earnest Williams caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season on a seven-yard strike from Will Hudgens to give the Tigers a 14-7 advantage with 0:23 remaining in the first quarter. Hudgens tossed his fifth TD of the season on his first play of that drive after coming in on 3rd-and-4 from the SMU 6.
Carlos Singleton advanced his receiving streak to 20 games with a one-yard reception in the first quarter. Singleton hauled in three receptions on Memphis' second drive of the second quarter, including a 20-yard touchdown catch with 7:30 remaining in the first half. He also scored on an 11-yard reception with 10:27 left in the third quarter and on a 40-yard reception with 2:15 left in the third. He finished the day with eight catches for a career-high 127 yards and three touchdowns.
Carlos Singleton has scored in four of the last five games and has registered multiple receptions in all 12 games this season. He has scored multiple touchdowns in three games this season (vs ECU, USM and SMU) and leads Memphis in scoring by a non-kicker. He tied a school record when he caught his third touchdown pass in the third quarter. He tied five other Tigers who have scored three receiving touchdowns in a single game, and the last one to do so was Russell Copeland against Tennessee in 1992.
Tony Bell registered his second interception of the season when he picked off Justin Willis at the SMU 45. He made a four-yard return off the pick. Memphis turned the ball over on the very next play off a long pass from Martin Hankins that was intended for Duke Calhoun.
Steven Black hauled in a 12 receptions for 112 yards in today's contest, both of which were career highs. Black has logged a reception in all but the Jacksonville State game this season and has multiple receptions in 10 games. His 12 catches is second all-time in a single game as the record is 13 by Maurice Avery against UAB in 2003.
For the third time this season, Martin Hankins has tossed four touchdown passes. His four TDs gives him 22 on the year and 40 in his two-year career. Hankins completed 30 of his 59 pass attempts for 336 yards. It was his sixth 300-yard passing game this season. The 22 TD passes this season ranks second all-time in a single season and he would need just one in the bowl game to tie the record of 23 that was set by Danny Wimprine in 2002.
Josh Weaver was credited with his second sack of the season when he dropped Justin Willis for a loss of six yards on 2nd-and-3 from the SMU 34.
With the five passing touchdowns in today's game, the 2007 Tiger offense holds the distinction of the school record in single-season TDs with 30. The record was previously held by the 2004 team that scored 25 passing touchdowns.
With his 75 yards in today's game, Joseph Doss moved up to No. 4 in career rushing yards with 2,248. He surpassed Larry Porter who totaled 2,194 yards from 1990-93 and Paul Gowen who tallied 2,227 yards from 1969-71.
Sophomore running back T.J. Pitts rushed for his first TD of the season; the second of his career, when he broke loose up the middle on a 25-yard score with 4:50 left in the third quarter. Pitts' first career TD was in the season finale last year against UTEP. The 25-yard run tied his career high for long runs, which was also against the Miners in 2006. Pitts ended the day with a career-high 110 yards on 19 carries. This is the second straight game that Memphis has had a 100-yard rusher.
LaKeitharun Ford registered his second interception of the season when he came up with the ball following Justin Willis' pass to Zack Sledge at the Memphis 26-yard line.
Clinton McDonald registered his third sack of the season when he dropped Justin Willis for a loss of six yards on 3rd-and-6 from the SMU 29 near the end of the third quarter.
With Carlos Singleton (8-127) and Steven Black (12-112) turning in 100-plus receiving today, the Tigers have had a 100-yard receiver in six straight games. This is also the second game this season that Memphis has had two 100-yard receivers in the same game.
In addition, this is also the third game this season that Memphis has had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game.
Michael Grandberry recorded his seventh career 100-yard kick return game with 145 yards on seven returns today. Grandberry holds the school record for returns, yardage and 100-yard games.
The Tigers scored 55 points in today's game, marking the most points scored this season. Memphis had previously scored 40 points in a loss to East Carolina. This is also the most points scored by the Tigers since 2005 when Memphis scored 59 points against UT-Chattanooga in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. This is the most points scored against a Conference USA opponent since the inception of the league in 1996. The previous high was the 52 points scored in a win over Houston in 2001 on the road.
The Tigers and Mustangs went three overtimes today for the second 3OT game in Tiger history (the other was versus Houston in 2000). This win over SMU was Memphis' first overtime victory in five games.
The Tigers finished the league schedule with a 6-2 record, marking the most C-USA victories for Memphis since beginning league play in 1996.
The Tigers were extended and accepted an invitation to the 2007 New Orleans Bowl following the game. This is Memphis' fourth bowl trip in five years and the second time the Tigers will be playing in the Big Easy. Memphis snapped a 32-year bowl drought with an invite to the 2003 New Orleans Bowl and defeated North Texas that season.
The 108 total offensive play run by the Tigers breaks the old school record of 96 set against Ole Miss in the 2007 season opener.
The 14 third-down conversions by the Tigers today sets a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 12 third-down conversions set against Louisville in 2004 and versus Cincinnati in 1994.
The 107 combined points in today's game sets a new school record. The previous high was the 105 points scored in Louisville's 56-49 win over Memphis in 2004.