Tigers Travel to Orlando for C-USA Meeting With UCF
Oct. 2, 2009
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
The Memphis Tigers football team will head to Orlando to take on the UCF Knights Saturday in Conference USA action. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be carried in the Orlando area by Bright House Sports Network.
Saturday's game will be the sixth meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The Knights lead the all-time series 4-1. UCF has won four straight over the Tigers since the two schools became Conference USA East Division rivals in 2005. Last year, UCF won a hard-fought 28-21 contest at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Memphis was the first C-USA opponent to play in UCF's Bright House Networks Stadium, which the Knights opened in 2007. UCF's first game at Bright House Networks Stadium was against Texas the week prior to Memphis' trip to Orlando (Sept. 15, 2007). The Memphis-UCF contest took place on Sept. 22, 2007.
The Tigers return home to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium next weekend, hosting the UTEP Miners. The game was selected for Homecoming, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. The annual parade and pep rally is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9. Additional details will be provided early next week.
A Little Series History Lesson
Although this is the sixth all-time meeting between the two squads, Saturday's encounter is only the fifth match-up as Division I-A opponents. UCF was an NCAA Divison I-AA team in 1990 when the Tigers won that meeting 37-28.
Tiger Coaches Versus Their Alma Maters
Saturday's game at UCF is the first of four times this season that a member of the Tiger coaching staff faces his alma mater in 2009. The first is Tigers' wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw against UCF Saturday. Hinshaw earned his bachelor's degree in 1993 and his master's degree in 1996 from UCF. He played quarterback for the Knights from 1991-94 and is still third on the UCF all-time list for passing yardage with 9,000 yards. During his time under center in Orlando, UCF had a combined 28-16 record, including a 9-3 mark and an NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance in 1993.
Later in 2009, the other Memphis coaches competing against their alma maters are head coach Tommy West versus Tennessee (Nov. 7), assistant head coach Clay Helton versus Houston (Nov. 21) and cornerbacks coach Lytrel Pollard versus Southern Miss (Oct. 17).
The Memphis roster has 11 players on it that call the Sunshine State home. Ryan Attaway (Jacksonville), Lavaris Edwards (Miami), Billy Foster (Ft. Lauderdale), Kindly Jacques (Ft. Lauderdale), Steven Joachim (Miami), Curtis Johnson (Miami), Clay Lee (Orlando), Joel McCleod (Miramar), Jermaine McKenzie (Bradenton), Tremaine McKenzie (Bradenton) and Bryan Wright (Miami) all hail from the state of Florida. For Lee, it's also a homecoming to where he played his high school football. Lee, an Orlando native, played at Dr. Phillips High School.
Tigers Third In C-USA Wins
Of the six Conference USA teams that have played in the league since 2003 (ECU, USM, Memphis, UAB, Houston & Tulane), Memphis is third in conference victories with 26. The Tigers trail Southern Miss (34) and Houston (30) during the seven-year span (2003-09).
Singleton Grabs Milestone
With his 62 yards receiving against Marshall, Carlos Singleton became only the fourth Tiger in school history to amass 2,000 yards receiving. He came into the game needing just 30 yards to achieve the milestone. Singleton achieved his 2,000th yard in his 41st career game, which ranks third all-time. He is behind Calhoun, who logged his 2,000th yard in his 35th game, and Damien Dodson, who amassed 2,000 yards in 39 games. Singleton ranks fourth all-time in receptions (136) and yardage (2,032).
Singleton needs just 64 yards to tie Dodson for third in receiving yards, and just one more reception to tie Darron White for third in receptions.
It will take 12 receptions and 92 yards for Singleton to finish just behind teammate Duke Calhoun in both receiving categories. Singleton, though, holds the school record for receiving TDs with 21, and it will take Calhoun just four more TD catches to rank second all-time.
Calhoun Builds On Records
Duke Calhoun opened the 2009 season needing just four receptions and 66 yards to hold school records in both career categories. By the second game of the season, Calhoun made his way to the top spots and is continuing to build his numbers each week. He got a big boost with the UT Martin game, logging 174 yards on nine receptions, and returned a week later against Marshall to tally 141 yards and a TD on five catches. He enters the UCF game with career totals of 2,453 yards and 16 touchdowns on 167 catches.
For the receiving yardage title, Calhoun had surpassed Earnest Gray (1975-78), who previously held the top spot with 2,123 yards. Gray logged his record yardage in 44 games, while Calhoun set the new record in 39 games in the Blue and Gray.
With his 141 yards on five catches against Marshall, Calhoun extended his school record to nine career games over the century mark in receiving. Prior to this season's UT Martin and Marshall games, Calhoun's last series of consecutive games of 100 yards was in 2007 (three games in Nov. vs ECU, USM & UAB).
Bass And Calhoun Connect For 80-Plus In Back-To-Back Games
Tyler Bass connected with Duke Calhoun for a short pass on the left sideline and Calhoun raced 80 yards for a touchdown against Marshall with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter. It was his second reception of 80 or more yards in consecutive games, and both were offerings from Bass. Calhoun logged an 85-yard reception for a TD the previous week against UT Martin. Calhoun's 80-yard reception ranks tied for 13th in all-time long receptions.
This is only the third time in school history that Memphis has had two or more 80-yard passing plays in a season. The other two seasons were 1998 and 2003. It is; however, the first time in school history that the same two players (Bass/Calhoun) have logged multiple 80+ yard plays in the same season.
Tiger Streak Third Nationally
Duke Calhoun recorded 141 yards on five receptions against Marshall and advanced his receiving streak to 41 games. He remains ranked third nationally in active receiving streaks. Calhoun has caught a pass in each of his 41 games in a Tiger uniform. He leads the receiving corps this season with 23 catches for 395 yards, while also holding the school record with nine career 100-yard games.
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Tampa/Orlando Pre-Game Party
The University of Memphis Tampa/Orlando Alumni Club invites all Tiger alumni, fans and friends to a pre-game tailgate on Saturday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET prior to the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Memphis v. UCF football game in Orlando, FL. The True Blue Bus will be set up on the UCF campus near the baseball stadium (Jay Bergman Field) and close to Bright House Stadium. For more information on this event, contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at email@example.com or 800/678-TRAX (8723). Don't forget to wear Tiger Blue! more information about Tampa/Orlando Pre-Game Party