Tigers And Pirates Set For C-USA Action On Saturday
Jerrell Rhodes scored his first career TD last season vs. ECU
Oct. 14, 2011
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
The Tigers will play their only home game of the month of October when they host the East Carolina Pirates in a C-USA matchup on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Because the game is only being broadcast back to Greenville, N.C., by WITN-TV, fans with a Memphis Tiger Vision subscription will be able to watch the game through online streaming on www.GoTigersGo.com. In addition, the radio broadcast can be found on WREC AM600 with Dave Woloshin and Wayne Weedon handling the booth duties and Matt Dillon on the sidelines. For the direct link for watching the game, CLICK HERE
This weekend's game has been designated as Youth Football Night, and all boys and girls ages 14 and under will receive free admission if wearing a football jersey. Tickets for parents and coaches are $10 each and can be purchased at the stadium on game day at Gate 1, or in advance by contacting the U of M ticket office at 901-678-2331. All participants in Youth Football Night are asked to enter at Gate 1. Seating will be provided in sections 112-114.
Saturday's game is the 20th meeting between Memphis and East Carolina on the gridiron. The Pirates lead the all-time series 13-6. The series began in 1990. East Carolina won its fifth straight in the series with a 49-27 victory over the Tigers in Greenville, N.C., last year. Despite winning the last five encounters, the Pirates only hold a narrow 7-4 advantage in the last 11 meetings between the two C-USA rivals.
Harry Schuh To Have Jersey Retired Offensive lineman Harry Schuh will become the fifth player in Tiger history to have his jersey retired at the U of M. Schuh will be acknowledged at Memphis Madness Friday night and at the football game on Saturday evening. From 1962-64, Schuh was one of the most dominant offensive linemen in all of college football. The Pennsylvania native started for Coach Billy J. Murphy's Tigers and helped his team to a three-year record of 22-5-1. By the conclusion of his senior season, Schuh had become the most decorated football player in school history. He was named to 11 All-America teams including, The Sporting News, Associated Press, United Press and the Football Coaches Association teams. The other Tigers to have their jerseys retired are: Isaac Bruce, Dave Casinelli, Charles Greenhill and DeAngelo Williams.
Porter The Player Vs. East Carolina Although they were not conference foes in the early 1990s, one couldn't tell that from the schedule, as Memphis and East Carolina met each year from 1990-96 prior to becoming C-USA foes in 1997. From 1990-93, current Memphis head coach Larry Porter faced the Pirates as a running back for the Tigers.
Not Really The Second Time While both Larry Porter and Ruffin McNeill are in only their second seasons as head coaches at their respective schools, Saturday's contest is a renewal of the rivalry the coaches had during their days in the Big 12 Conference. Porter was the running backs coach at Oklahoma State from 2002-04, and during that same period of time, McNeill was a defensive coach on the Texas Tech staff. In the three meetings between the Cowboys and Red Raiders from 2002-04, McNeill held the narrow 2-1 edge over Porter.
Tar Heel Tigers Memphis has two players on its roster from the state of North Carolina, where East Carolina University is located. The two Tigers from North Carolina are Jerrell Rhodes from Durham and Monte Golden from Jacksonville. Rhodes' and Golden's hometowns are only a two-hours-or-less drive from the East Carolina campus. On the other sideline, the Pirates have no players from the state of Tennessee on their roster.
On This Date Memphis has an all-time record of 8-3-1 when playing Oct. 15. The last time the Tigers played an Oct. 15 game was the 2005 season, and Memphis defeated Houston 35-20 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have won eight of their last nine Oct. 15 contests, including six straight from 1938-77. The lone setback in the last nine Oct. 15 games was a narrow 27-20 loss to Southern Miss in 1983.
Take That Ball Away With the three turnovers forced against Rice (2 INT, 1 FR), the Tigers have now registered 14 takeaways through six games. Memphis logged 13 takeaways all of the 2010 season. The Tigers have logged an interception in all but the Mississippi State game, including two picks each against APSU and Rice. Memphis has also garnered at least one fumble recovery in all but the Middle Tennessee game, which means that the squad has forced a turnover in every game this season. Memphis is ranked tied for 15th nationally in turnovers gained. They are also in the Top 20 defensively in passes intercepted (T25th) and fumbles recovered (T15th).
Senior Day In order for more parents of the Tiger football seniors to be able to attend Senior Day, the matchup between Memphis and UAB, which is also the Battle For The Bones contest, has been designated as Senior Day. The final home game against Marshall was moved to a Thursday night (Nov. 17) to accommodate a television broadcast. The Memphis-UAB rivalry is set to kick off at 3:15 p.m. and will be carried by CSS. The 15 Tiger seniors will be honored prior to kickoff.
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