Memphis Football Postgame Notes vs Temple
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Nov. 30, 2013

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  Team Game Notes
  • Memphis’ game captains were LB Anthony Brown, P Tom Hornsey and TE Jesse Milleson. Memphis won the toss and deferred to the second half. 
  • Sophomore Reggis Ball made his first career start at safety for the Tigers. Also on defense, cornerback Bakari Hollier and nose tackle Johnnie Farms made their third starts of the season. 
  • By the time Memphis took possession for its second series, Temple had outgained Memphis 125-2 yards and through the first quarter the total offense numbers were 134-8.
  Offensive Notes
  • TE Alan Cross had his first reception in three games, a 25-yard catch early in the third quarter. It was the third reception of 25+ yards for Cross this season. 
  • WR Sam Craft registered his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge to put the Tigers on the board with 5:49 to play in the second quarter. 
  • Craft also had a 10-yard touchdown reception, his first career touchdown catch. The play pulled Memphis to within a score, 17-14, with 10:59 to play in the third quarter. Craft’s three-yard touchdown run with 4:47 to play in the third quarter pulled Memphis to within 10, 31-21. Paxton Lynch recorded his eighth passing touchdown of the season 
  • Craft became the first player this season to score three touchdowns and the first to have two rushing touchdowns this season. He finished the game with three rushing attempts for four yards and seven catches for 62 yards. The three touchdowns in the game ties him with multiple players for sixth in school history. 
  • Craft’s seven receptions were a season high by a Memphis receiver. The prior best this season was five by six different receivers during the year. 
  • Craft finished with a career-best 135 all-purpose yards (4 rush, 62 receiving, 69 kick return). 
  • The last player to have three touchdowns in a game came last year by Brandon Hayes (three) against UAB. 
  • The 228 yards total offense was a season low for Memphis. The previous low was 232 yards against Cincinnati.
  Defensive Notes
  • Temple’s second drive, resulting in a 22-yard field goal, was the longest of the season (93 yards). Temple’s second scoring drive covered 87 yards, making the Owls’ two first-half drives among the five longest against Memphis this season. 
  • Temple rushed for 206 yards, a season-best against Memphis. Duke rushed for 173 yards against the Tigers. 
  • DE Ricky Hunter and LB Anthony Brown shared the Tigers’ first quarterback sack of the game in the second quarter. On the following play, Hunter had a quarterback hurry which led to a Chris Morley interception. 
  • CB Chris Morley recorded his first career interception with the second-quarter play. 
  • Hunter finished the game with 1.5 quarterback sacks, marking his first career, multi-tackle game. He also had a career best eight tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. 
  • SAF Lonnie Ballentine had a season-high nine tackles to tie for the team lead with Charles Harris
  • The Memphis defense allowed a season worst 534 yards total offense. The previous high was 470 yards in the season opener against Duke.
  Special Team Notes
  • Memphis’ first scoring drive was set up by a 56-yard kickoff return by Joe Craig. The return was the longest of the season and the first of 50+ yards since Bobby McCain had a 52-yard kickoff return against Marshall last season. 
  • Memphis began the second half with a career-best 54-yard kickoff return by Sam Craft. Craft returned kicks for the first time this season in the second half and had two returns for 69 yards. 
  • Ray Guy Award finalist Tom Hornsey did nothing but help his case for the postseason honor, averaging 50.5 yards on four punts. Hornsey had two of his four punts downed inside the 20 including one at the two and another at the one. The 50.5 average ranks 11th in school history for a single game with two punts or more. 
  • Jake Elliott had four touchbacks in the game, a season high.



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