Memphis-USF Post Game Notes
Dec. 20, 2008
Memphis Football Notes
Duke Calhoun extended his receiving streak to 37 games with his six-yard catch in the first quarter. Calhoun has caught a pass in each of his 37 career games played. He entered the bowl game ranked 11th nationally with his active receiving streak.
Quarterback Arkelon Hall recorded his third rushing touchdown of the season off a three-yard run with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter. It was the first score from the run for Hall since the Louisville game on October 10. Hall missed the Southern Miss and SMU games after fracturing his thumb early in the East Carolina road game.
Duke Calhoun hauled in the two-yard touchdown strike from Arkelon Hall with just eight seconds remaining in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 10. It was Calhoun's third touchdown catch of the season and the 14th of his career. He ranks sixth all-time in career touchdown catches at Memphis. The TD pass was the 12th of the season for Hall.
Duke Calhoun registered a season-high six receptions for 39 yards today. His previous high for receptions this season was five against Marshall, Nicholls State and Louisville.
The Tigers dug into their bag of tricks at the start of the third quarter and ran the hook and ladder play for the second time this season. Arkelon Hall threw the lateral to Earnest Williams who then flipped the ball back to Curtis Steele for 53 yards. Williams and Steele were both in on the play earlier this season against Southern Miss, but it was true freshman quarterback Tyler Bass who put the play in motion the previous time.
Linebacker Greg Jackson registered his fourth sack of the season when he dropped USF's Matt Grothe for a loss of seven yards in the third quarter.
D.A. Griffin made a career high six kick returns for 107 yards for his first 100-yard kick return game.
Wide receiver Brian Hall returned to the field after missing the last six games with a knee injury.
Steven Turner logged his first sack of the season when he dropped Matt Grothe for a loss six yards late in the third quarter.
Arkelon Hall finished the game 15 of 31 passing for one TD and 154 yards.
Brett Toney came in to the game in the fourth quarter as a replacement for Hall. Toney finished the game three of three for 18 yards. He came in at QB for the first time in his career versus East Carolina when Hall and Will Hudgens both left the game with injuries. Toney piloted the Tigers versus USM and SMU before Hall returned to the field versus UCF.
Steven Turner had his third fumble recovery of the season and fourth of his career in the fourth quarter.