Post Game Notes
Dec. 22, 2004
Tight end John Doucette caught his third career touchdown pass off a 42-yard pass from Danny Wimprine midway through the first quarter. It was the longest TD catch of his career, but he does own a 53-yard reception during the 2003 Ole Miss game. Doucette came back late in the fourth quarter to catch his fourth career TD pass.
The 42-yard touchdown pass to Doucette, marked the 78th career TD strike for quarterback Danny Wimprine. It was also his 19th TD pass of the season as Wimprine now ranks third in season touchdown passes after surpassing Steve Matthews. Matthews totaled 18 touchdown passes in 1992. Wimprine also holds the top two spots with 22 in 2003, and 23 in 2002.
Receiver Chris Kelley recorded his second touchdown reception of the season off a 60-yard pass from Danny Wimprine in the second quarter. It was the longest reception of the season for Kelley. He now totals four career touchdown receptions. The 60-yard pass also marked the eighth pass of the season over 50 yards for Wimprine. He now totals 23 career passes over 50 yards. The pass was the longest TD pass play in a GMAC Bowl game.
With the 60-yard touchdown pass to Chris Kelley, quarterback Danny Wimprine surpassed the 10,000-yard mark in career passing yards. He entered the game with 9,891yards passing, and with his 324 yards tonight, ends his collegiate career with 10,215 yards. The 324 yards rank as his eighth career game over 300 yards. Wimprine's career totals read: 10,215 yards, 1,469 attempts, 808 completions, 14 interceptions and 81 touchdowns.
Receiver Maurice Avery snagged his first touchdown reception of the season off a 41-yard pass from Danny Wimprine in the second quarter. Avery, who led the Tiger receivers in touchdowns last season with eight, now totals nine TD receptions for his career.
C-USA Offensive Player of the Year DeAngelo Williams rolled off a 31-yard touchdown run to enable Memphis to tie the game at 28-28 late in the second quarter. It was his 37th rushing touchdown of his career, and his 22nd of the season. Williams has rushed for a touchdown in the last five consecutive games. With the touchdown, Williams tied the Conference USA record which was 37 rushing touchdowns by DeMarco McClesky of Cincinnati (1998, 2000-02).
With his 120 yards today, DeAngelo Williams edged over the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing with 4,062 yards. With his first eight yards in tonight's game, Williams also set a new season record in all-purpose yards. He entered the game with 2,106 yards through 11 games, and with his 120 yards tonight, he ends the season with 2,226 all-purpose yards. Williams previously held the record with 2,113 yards in 2003.
With his four PATs today, Stephen Gostkowski set a new single season record with 47 PATs. He held the record in 2003 after he hit 44 of 44 PATs. Gostkowski ended his junior season with a 47 of 48 mark for PATs. His only miss was on a kick that was moved back because of penalty against Southern Miss. He had hit 87 consecutive PATs prior to that miss.
The four PATs in tonight's game also helped kicker Stephen Gostkowski surpass Joe Allison (1990-93) for a new school record in career points. Gostkowski entered the game tied with Allison with 263 points. Through three seasons, Gostkowski now totals 267 points. Tailback DeAngelo Williams moved from No. 4 to a tie for No. 3 with 248 points following his second quarter touchdown. He is tied with kicker Ryan White who totaled 248 points from 1998-2001.
Senior cat safety Scott Vogel picked off the eighth pass of his career in the third quarter. It was his third pick of the season as he also totaled interceptions against Arkansas State and East Carolina in 2004.
Tailback DeAngelo Williams rushed for 120 yards today prior to fracturing his right fibula in the third quarter, marking his 24th career game over 100 yards. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in the last five games. Williams ends the season with 1,948 yards on 313 carries and 22 touchdowns. Through three years, Williams totals 4,062 yards on 761 carries and 37 touchdowns.