Memphis Tigers Weekly Football Release
Oct. 29, 2000
VOLS ARE COMING TO TOWN
The University of Memphis Tiger football team will step away from Conference USA play when the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee come to Memphis. The Tigers be will trying to rebound after coming off two consecutive losses in conference play. The Vols had a big win over Alabama in Neyland Stadium on October 21st. Memphis won the last meeting between the two schools that was played in Memphis. The U of M pulled a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Peyton Manning and his Vols in 1996. In the 1999 Tiger-Vol match up, Tennessee came from behind with a late touchdown pass to defeat the Tigers 17-16 in Knoxville. This will be the 17th meeting between the two in state schools and UT holds a decided 15-1 advantage in the series.
TIGER DEFENSE EXCELS
The University of Memphis defense, which climbed from a 106 ranking in 1998 to the 23rd spot in the nation in 1999, jumped to the number two position in defensive ratings after two weeks of the college football season and are now ranked third according to the NCAA. In the season opener against SEC foe Mississippi State University, the Tiger defense limited the Bulldogs to just 127 yards in total offense. Mississippi State managed a mere 45 yards rushing and 82 yards passing. In the Louisiana-Monroe contest, the defensive unit gave up 176 yards in total offense and just 44 yards on the ground. The stop troops registered three pass interceptions, one fumble recovery, four quarterback sacks and eight tackles for lost yardage in the Army win.
TIGERS LOSE IN 3 OT
University of Memphis played its first overtime game in school history when the Tigers battled the Houston Cougars in Memphis on October 21 and unfortunately for the Tigers, the U of M came out on the losing end of a 33-30 score. The contest went into triple overtime before Houston answered Memphis' 46-yard field goal by Ryan White with a touchdown pass by Jason McKinley for the win. The disappointing loss dropped UM to 4-4 on the season.
KENDALL TOP TIGHT END
University of Memphis senior tight end Billy Kendall has spent most of his career utilized as a blocker for running backs and quarterbacks. However, in between the blocks, the 6'5 Kendall has managed to grab more pass receptions for more yards than any other tight end in Memphis football history. Entering his final season at the U of M, Kendall had caught 53 passes for 601 yards and four touchdowns. He opened the 2000 season with one reception for nine yards against Mississippi State and added two catches for 15 yards in the win over LA-Monroe. Kendall had a team leading 40 yards on four receptions in the Tigers' win over Arkansas State. His 67 receptions places the Maryland native in a tie for 15th on the Tigers all-time reception list. He is the only tight end to be listed among the school's top 25 pass receivers. His 743 yards ranks him first among all Memphis tight ends in yards receiving and his six touchdown catches gives him the record for most TD catches by a tight end. Rich Coady and Chris Powers had four touchdown receptions as Tigers.
WHITE RECEIVES HONOR
Junior kicker Ryan White, who set several Memphis field goal records in 1999, was named to the 2000 Playboy All-America Team. The Georgia native became just the third Tiger player in school history to be named to the prestigious team. Former Tiger offensive tackle Harry Schuh was selected to the 1964 squad and All-American kicker Joe Allison received the honor in 1993. White's selection to the Playboy All-America team marked the third AA team that the soccer-styled kicker has been selected on in the past two seasons.
WHITE SETS MEMPHIS & C- USA MARK
With four field goals made in the first half of the 1999 UAB game and a school record fifth made in the third period, Ryan White set the Memphis record for the most field goals made in a half, in a game, the most field goals attempted in a game and also set the record for the most points by a Tiger kicker in a game. He set a new Memphis record becoming the first Tiger in school history to kick four field goals in a half. White, who had booted four field goals in the '98 Cincinnati game, shared the old Memphis single game record of four field goals with Joe Allison (1992 vs Ole Miss) and Rusty Bennett (1977 vs NTSU). His 16 points vs UAB broke the old record for points (15) by a kicker set by White in last year's Cincinnati game. His five field goals made also tied the Conference USA record for FGs in a game.