Tigers Host Houston In Homecoming Matchup Saturday
Go Tigers! Memphis and Houston meet for Homecoming 2010.
Go Tigers!
Memphis and Houston meet for Homecoming 2010.
Go Tigers!

Oct. 29, 2010


The Tigers are back in action this weekend for their second of three straight home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The U of M hosts Conference USA foe Houston on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast by CSS. CSS is available locally on Comcast channel 6.

The Houston game has been designated as Memphis' Homecoming, and is also the Athletic Hall of Fame weekend. The Homecoming parade on the U of M campus will begin on Friday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. There will be a pep rally to follow at 6:30 p.m. This year's Hall of Fame class of inductees includes football Tigers Tim Harris (1982-85) and Ed Randolph (1957-58), women's basketball player Keeta Matthews (1992-96), former Tiger men's golfer and current head coach Grant Robbins (1991-1994) and women's track and field athlete Deborah Spencer (1977-78).

This season, fans can purchase Comcast Triple Play Tickets through the Memphis Ticket Office. For just $10, fans can purchase a ticket that includes admission to the game as well as a hot dog and drink at the Liberty Bowl concession stand. Please call 901-678-2331 to purchase tickets, visit the ticket office located at 570 Normal or Click HERE to buy online. These tickets must be purchased in advance. The box office at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will open at 3 p.m. on Saturday and the U of M Ticket office at 570 Normal will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday's game is the 21st all-time meeting between Memphis and Houston. The Cougars hold a narrow 11-9 edge in the series, but the Tigers have won three of the last five encounters by scores of 45-14 (2003), 41-14 (2004) and 35-20 (2005). Houston's two wins in that five-game stretch came in 2006 (23-20, ot) and 2009 (55-14). The series is tied 5-5 in games played in Memphis. The Cougars, though, won the last meeting at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, a 23-20 overtime victory in the 2006 season. The Tigers' last win in the Bluff City was a 41-14 victory in the 2004 campaign.



Tigers On Homecoming
Saturday's game versus Houston is Memphis' Homecoming, and the Tigers have a 45-29-1 record in Homecoming games. Last year, Memphis posted a 35-20 victory over UTEP in the Tigers' Homecoming contest. This is the 12th-straight campaign that Memphis is playing a conference opponent in its Homecoming game. In 2004, the Tigers hosted Houston for their Homecoming and posted a 41-14 win over the Cougars.

Porter In Memphis Homecomings
While Saturday is his first Homecoming as the Tigers' head coach, Porter played in four Homecoming contests while wearing the Blue and Gray from 1990-93. Porter's squads went 2-2 in the four Homecoming games.

High-Scoring Affairs
When the Tigers and Cougars have met on the gridiron in recent years, the game has yielded high scoring. Since 1998 (10 games), the fewest number of points scored between the two teams was 43 in their 2006 encounter (23-20 Houston win). In the 10-game stretch, the most combined points scored was 85 in a 52-33 Memphis victory in 2001. In the last 10 meetings, the Tigers and Cougars combined to average 52.8 points per game.

A Big 12 Conference Reunion
Saturday's Conference USA game is also a Big 12 Conference reunion when head coaches Larry Porter (Memphis) and Kevin Sumlin (Houston) match wits. The contest is the first encounter between Porter and Sumlin as head coaches, but they faced each other as assistants during their days in the Big 12. Porter served as an assistant at Oklahoma State from 2002-04, while Sumlin was on the Oklahoma staff from 2003-07. In that time, Porter and Sumlin squared off twice against each other, with the Sooners (Sumlin) winning both contests in 2003 and 2004.

Tigers Love Those Halloween Games (Or Within A Day)
Some say they are frightened of Halloween, but the Tigers have enjoyed playing on or near -- within a day either way (Oct. 30 or Nov. 1) -- the day kids call "candy paradise." In the program's history, Memphis has a 22-11-1 record (.662 winning percentage) when playing on Halloween (plus/minus one day). The Tigers won 13-straight Halloween games (plus/minus one day) from 1947-76.

Houston Area Tigers
Two Tigers are facing their hometown (area) team Saturday. Senior center Brad Paul hails from Seabrook, Texas, which is just under 35 miles outside Houston. He played his high school career at Clear Lake. Freshman defensive lineman Martin Ifedi calls Houston home, and he played his prep career at Westside High School.

On This Date
The Tigers have a 7-4 record when playing on Oct. 30 in their history. The last time Memphis played an Oct. 30 contest was in the 1999 season, and the Tigers posted a decisive 49-7 win over Tulane in New Orleans. From 1948-76, Memphis won five-consecutive Oct. 30 games.

Hughes In National Top 5 In Tackles
Senior linebacker Jamon Hughes led the Tigers for the seventh-straight week in tackles with a school record 21 stops versus Southern Miss. He was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Hughes ranks second nationally in tackles and tied this year's single game record in the FBS with his 21 tackles versus the Golden Eagles. He has had four double-digit tackle efforts this season. Dating back to last season, Hughes has made six or more tackles in 13-straight games and has made 14 or more tackles in five of those games. Hughes leads the team with 86 tackles and is second in the nation and first in Conference USA in total tackles.

Up Next
Memphis will close out its three-game homestand with a non-conference meeting with Tennessee on Nov. 6. The game will be carried nationally on CBS College Sports Network. This will be the first time since the 2006 season that Memphis will have played three straight home games. Two of Memphis' final three games will be on the road as the Tigers will play at Marshall (11/13) and UAB (11/20). The 20 Tiger seniors will play their last game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Nov. 27 when the squad hosts UCF in the 2010 season finale.

See below for interviews with linebacker Winston Bowens and offensive lineman Joel McCleod.


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