The Tigers will play their final of four road games in the month of October when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to face the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium. Game time for Saturday is set for 4 p.m. ET and the game will be carried by Bright House Sports Network.
Tiger fans unable to travel to the game can watch the live on-line streaming of the C-USA matchup if they have purchased the Tiger Vision subscription video package. The streaming will come from host UCF, so the announcers will be from UCF’s staff. To watch the video, please click on the Gameday Central link at the top of this page, and then select the WATCH link. You can also listen to the radio broadcast with Dave Woloshin and Wayne Weedon on WREC AM600. The LISTEN link on the Gameday Central page will provide streaming of the radio broadcast.
Saturday’s game is the eighth meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The Knights lead the all-time series 6-1. UCF has won six straight over the Tigers since the two schools became Conference USA East Division rivals in 2005. Last year, UCF defeated Memphis 37-17 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Knights won the last encounter in Orlando, a 32-14 victory in the 2009 campaign. The Tigers’ win in the series was a 37-28 victory in the 1990 season.
A Little Series History Lesson Although this is the eighth all-time meeting between the two squads, Saturday’s encounter is only the seventh 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.
Did You Know? Memphis head coach Larry Porter suited up for the Blue and Gray from 1990-93, and his first win as a player came against — you guessed it — UCF. The Tigers opened the 1990 campaign with a tie against Arkansas State (24-24) and a narrow loss to Ole Miss (23-21). In the season’s third week, Memphis hosted UCF at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and recorded a 37-28 win on Sept. 22, 1990.
Do You Remember? The Tigers will always be a part of Knights’ football lore, as Memphis was the first Conference USA opponent to play in UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium. The Knights opened their new home stadium 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 — the first C-USA game at Bright House Networks Stadium — took place on Sept. 22, 2007.
On This Date Memphis has an 8-5 record when it plays on Oct. 29 in its history. The Tigers last played on Oct. 29 in the 1994 campaign and dropped a narrow 10-6 decision at Louisville. Memphis’ last Oct. 29 victory came in the 1983 season, a 24-7 win at Vanderbilt. In its history, Memphis has had two four-game winning streaks when playing on Oct. 29. The Tigers posted four-straight Oct. 29 wins from 1927-49 and again from 1960-83.
Up Next After a busy month of October, with four of the five games on the road, the Tigers will have their open date on Nov. 5. Their next game will be at home versus UAB on Nov. 12. That game, which has been dubbed the Battle For The Bones for the BBQ contest and bronze rack of ribs trophy, will also be Senior Day for 15 senior Tigers. Senior Day is typically the last home game, which will be against Marshall on Nov. 17. Because that game was moved to a Thursday night, UAB was selected to honor the seniors so that their parents would be able to come in for the weekend contest. The seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The UAB game will be aired on CSS at 3:15 p.m. CT. The final two weeks of the season have the Tigers at home against Marshall and on the road at Southern Miss (11/16).
Takeaways Lead To National Ranking The Tigers have logged eight takeaways in the last three game and have now registered 19 takeaways through eight games. Memphis logged 13 takeaways during all of the 2010 season. The Tigers have logged an interception in all but the Mississippi State and ECU games, including two picks each against APSU, Rice and Tulane. 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 eighth nationally in turnovers gained. They are also in the Top 10 defensively in fumbles recovered (T7th) with 10. Akeem Davis, who leads the team in fumble recoveries with three, is ranked tied for 10th nationally. He also ranks 17th nationally in solo tackles with 45. Linebacker Terrence Thomas ranks fifth nationally in solo tackles with 51.
Just as a comparison to last season, the Tiger defense has already doubled its fumble recoveries (5 in 2010; 10 in 2011) and doubled its fumbles forced from a year ago (6 in 2010; 12 in 2011).
In “Rehrer” Form Tannar Rehrer has caught at least five passes in six of the eight games this season, including a career-best 11 passes for 89 yards against Rice. With his five receptions against Tulane, he has caught at least five passes in the last five-straight games. Rehrer caught his third TD of the season off a 19-yard pass from Taylor Reed in the second quarter of the Tulane game.
Block That Kick Through eight games this season, the Tigers have blocked three kicks, including two field goals and a punt. Johnnie Farms blocked field goals against ECU and Arkansas State, while Ricky Holloway was credited with a blocked punt against Tulane. This is the first time since the 2007 season that the Tigers have registered three blocked kicks. In that season, the Tigers logged the trifecta with a blocked FG, PAT and punt.
Please see below for a video interview with center Chris Schuetz.