Tigers Back At Home For Next Two Weeks
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Go Tigers!

Sept. 15, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -

The Tigers will be back at home in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the next two straight weeks. The squad welcomes Austin Peay State this Saturday at 6 p.m., and will open C-USA action next week against SMU at 11 a.m.

Members of the Pouncer’s Pals children’s group will be able to participate in the pre-game March Around with the spirit squads this Saturday. Children should arrive at the top of the North Tunnel no later than 5:30 p.m. To RSVP or join Pouncer's Pals, visit the ticket page at gotigersgo.com, or call 901-678-4324.

For more information regarding fan information for this game, please go to: http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091311aaa.html

For the GAME DAY CENTRAL page, click on this link: http://www.gotigersgo.com/gameday/

Saturday’s game is the seventh overall meeting between the two schools on the gridiron, but the first since the 1957 campaign. The Tigers won that 1957 encounter, a 41-0 victory in Memphis. Memphis leads the all-time series 6-0, and the average margin of victory in those six wins was 32.6 points. Of the six previous encounters, five were held in the Bluff City (1937, 1940, 1947, 1956, 1957). The lone game played in Clarksville was in the 1941 season.

Liberty Bowl First Timers
For the first time in its program’s history, Austin Peay plays a game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium when the Governors face Memphis on Saturday. The last four meetings played in the Bluff City (1940, 1947, 1956, 1957) were held at Crump Stadium. The first Tigers-Governors game in 1937 was played at the Fairgrounds.

Back Home
The Memphis-Austin Peay game features head coaches that are back home leading the football programs of their alma maters. Tigers head coach Larry Porter graduated from Memphis in 1996 after earning four letters for the Blue and Gray from 1990-93. Porter returned to the Bluff City to take the reins of the football program following the 2009 season. Governors head coach Rick Christophel graduated from Austin Peay in 1975. A four-year starter from 1971-74, Christophel returned to Clarksville in 2007 to take over the Governors program.


 

 

Memphis Versus The Ohio Valley Conference
The Tigers have an all-time record of 35-19-9 against members of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). Memphis has played Austin Peay (6-0), Jacksonville State (2-0), Murray State (10-9-3), Southeast Missouri State (2-1-2), Tennessee Tech (10-7-4) and Tennessee Martin (5-2). The Tigers have never played Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee State. The last time Memphis played an OVC foe was the 2009 season when it hosted Tennessee Martin at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Skyhawks 41-14.

Memphis Versus Current FCS Foes
The Tigers have an all-time record of 56-31-10 against current FCS opponents. The last time Memphis played a current FCS foe was in 2009, a 41-14 win over Tennessee Martin. The last time the Tigers lost to a current FCS opponent was a 1972 setback to Drake (23-7 loss). However, since NCAA Division I was divided into I-A (now FBS) and I-AA (now FCS) in 1978, the Tigers are 9-0-1 against FCS opponents. The lone tie was a 10-all game versus Murray State in the 1985 season.

Up Next
The Tigers open Conference USA action next week when they host SMU at 11 a.m., on Sept. 24. The game has been designated at Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend. Friday night is jam packed with events as the Hall of Fame class of 2011 induction ceremony is at the Botanic Garden at 7 p.m. Two former football Tigers are being inducted including Isaac Bruce and Eric Fairs. There will also be the Homecoming parade and pep rally on campus beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Please see the video interview below as receiver Tannar Rehrer talks about the upcoming game against APSU.

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