Memphis Football Postgame Notes at Connecticut
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Go Tigers!

Dec. 7, 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. UConn began the time by receiving and defending the east goal. 
  • Temperature at kickoff for Saturday’s game was 38 degrees. The game marked the first time Memphis played in kickoff temperatures in the 30s since the Tigers defeated SMU 55-52 in three overtimes on Nov. 24, 2007. Temperature at kickoff for the 2007 SMU game was 39 degrees. 
  • Under Memphis second-year head coach Justin Fuente, the coldest game-time temperature Memphis had experienced prior to the UConn game was 43 degree in a 24-17 loss at Louisville on Nov. 23, 2013. Previous to that, game-time temperature in a 38-28 loss at Marshall (Huntington, W.Va.) on Nov. 3, 2012 was 45 degrees. 
  • Memphis played its first game in a New England state. 
  • The Tigers wrapped up the year by playing back-to-back games against first-time opponents (Temple, UConn). 
  • Memphis’ uniforms did not include the customary name plates for the first time in the Justin Fuente-era. 
  • In his final game as a Tiger, DL Roderick Howard made his first collegiate start at nose tackle. Howard, a walkon who began his career at Lambuth (which closed its doors after the 2010 season) and later played at Harding, played in his fourth game of the season.
  Offensive Notes
  • QB Paxton Lynch became just the 10th quarterback in school history to pass for 2,000 yards in a single season and 16th in a career. Lynch finished the year with 2,056 yards (1,887 entering the UConn game). He is just the second freshman to pass for 2,000 yards during a rookie season. Ryan Williams passed for 2,075 yards as a freshman in 2010. 
  • Lynch completed 18-of-37 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown against UConn. 
  • For his career, Lynch completed 203-of-349 passes. Both season numbers rank sixth in school history. 
  • Keiwone Malone had his second 30+ yard reception of the season, a 34- yarder in the first quarter to help set up the Tigers’ first score. Malone had a 47-yard reception against Louisville two weeks ago. Malone finished with a season high six receptions for 69 yards to lead the Tigers. 
  • Freshman RB Marquis Warford saw his first playing time since the Cincinnati game. Warford had a one-yard run on the Tigers’ first offensive series.
  Defensive Notes
  • CB Andrew Gaines set a career high with 12 tackles. Gaines previous career best eight tackles against Louisville two weeks ago. 
  • The 45 points by UConn is the most allowed by the Memphis defense this season and highest since giving up 48 to Middle Tennessee in 2012.
  Special Team Notes
  • Ray Guy Award finalist Tom Hornsey averaged 39.4 yards on seven punts and had four downed inside UConn’s 20-yard line. 
  • Four of Hornsey’s seven punts were into the wind. The UConn game marked just the second time this season Hornsey averaged under 40 yards per punt. 
  • Hornsey finished his career with 73 punts of 50+ yards and has placed 101 career punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line. 
  • With a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter, Jake Elliott tied Ryan White for the most field goals by a freshman (16). Elliott also moved into a tie with White for the most field goals in a season. The rookie finished the year by converting on 7-of-8 field goals of 40 yards or more. 
  • Elliott also moved into sixth in most points kicking in school history with 72. It is the most points by a kicker since Matt Reagan 80 in 2007. 
  • Joe Craig had his second kickoff return of 50+ yards this season during the game. He had a 51 yarder against UConn. Craig had a 56-yard return against Temple the previous week. 
  • Craig had 177 kickoff return yards on six returns set a Memphis school record. Craig averaged 29.5 yards per return. Marcus Hightower held the previous record of 169 yards against Houston in 2009.



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