Tigers Host UTEP Miners in Homecoming Game Saturday
Oct. 8, 2009
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
The Memphis Tigers will continue Conference USA action this weekend when they host UTEP on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., and this weekend is Memphis’ Homecoming.
The Tigers have a 44-29-1 record in Homecoming games. Last year, Memphis posted a thrilling 36-30 victory over longtime rival Southern Miss in the Tigers’ Homecoming contest. This is the 11th-straight campaign that Memphis is playing a conference opponent in its Homecoming game.
Saturday’s game is the third meeting between the Tigers and Miners on the gridiron. Memphis holds a 2-0 lead in the short series. The Tigers won the last encounter between the two programs, a 38-19 regular-season finale victory in the 2006 campaign. That contest was played at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Memphis also won the first-ever meeting between the Tigers and Miners in 2005. The Tigers pulled out an exciting 27-20 win over UTEP at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium that season.
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Thirds For Tigers, Fourths For West
While Memphis is facing UTEP for only the third time in its history, the Tigers’ mentor is coaching against the Miners for the fourth time in his career Saturday. In addition to the 2005 and 2006 Memphis-UTEP meetings, Tommy West’s Clemson Tiger team played UTEP in the 1997 campaign. West coached Clemson to a 39-7 win over the Miners on Oct. 4, 1997.
Did You Know?
In the last three straight games, Duke Calhoun has tallied over 100 yards receiving, with 174 versus UT Martin, 141 vs Marshall and 162 vs UCF. He is the only Tiger receiver in school history to log three straight games of 100 yards --- and he has done it twice in his career. The other time was in 2007 versus ECU, USM and UAB.
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 third all-time in receptions (137) and fourth in yardage (2,037).
Singleton needs just 59 yards to tie Dodson for third in receiving yards, and 10 more receptions to tie Dodson for second in receptions. It will take 11 receptions and 87 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 three more TD catches to rank second all-time.
Reagan A Semifinalist For National Academic Award
Senior punter/kicker Matt Reagan is the fifth Tiger football player in as many years to be named a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy). Semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy are also candidates for the 2009 NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Reagan joins former Tigers Stephen Gostkowski (2005), Rusty Clayton (2006), Jake Kasser (2007) and Brandon Pearce (2008) who were all named semifinalists for the prestigious academic award in their respective senior seasons. This year’s list includes 154 semifinalists in five divisions (NCAA FBS, NCAA FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA). Reagan joins SMU’s Mitch Enright as the only two players listed as semifinalists from Conference USA.
Tiger Streak Third Nationally
Duke Calhoun recorded 162 yards on four receptions against UCF and advanced his receiving streak to 42 games. He remains ranked third nationally in active receiving streaks. Calhoun has caught a pass in each of his 42 games in a Tiger uniform. He leads the receiving corps this season with 27 catches for 557 yards, while also holding the school record with 10 career 100-yard games.
Below is a listing of the top 10 active streaks as compiled by Central Michigan SID Scott Rex:
45 - Bryan Anderson (C. Michigan)
43 - Naaman Roosevelt (Buffalo)
42 - Duke Calhoun (Memphis)
35 - Dennis Pitta (BYU)
33 - Brandon LaFell (LSU)
32 - Antonio Brown (Central Michigan)
31 - Eric Decker (Minnesota)
31 - Toren Dixon (Rice)
29 - Scotty McNight (Colorado)
29 - Jeff Moturi (UTEP)
Tiger Receiving Duo Second Nationally In Scoring Threat
How tough of a threat are Duke Calhoun and Carlos Singleton together? Well, heading into the UTEP game, they are ranked second as the most prolific scoring threat in the nation by way of the air attack. They are one TD ahead of the UTEP duo of Jeff Moturi and Kris Adams. In addition, of the top five threats, three are from C-USA schools. Below is a listing of the receiving duos nationally that have scored 30 or more touchdowns combined, according to the survey compiled by UTEP SID Jeff Darby:
39 - C. Michigan (B. Anderson 22, A. Brown 17)
38 - Memphis (Singleton 21, Calhoun 17)
37 - UTEP (Jeff Moturi 23, Kris Adams 14)
37 - Tulsa (Charles Clay 16, Trae Johnson 21)
36 - Kansas (D. Briscoe 23, K. Meier 13)
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