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Season 2 Week 11 Summaries
SMU defeats Houston in a shootout 41-38. More details to come in a bit.
Memphis Shock Vols, Move to 6-3 On Year
Memphis, TN- Tennessee players were bragging all week in the media. This was going to be another stat game. Memphis was no match for the mighty Vols. Even the experts at BSPN said the Vols' were going to win by three touchdowns or more. Memphis didn't stand a chance.
I guess the Tigers got the memo. The Tigers came out swinging and jumped out to a surprising 14-0 lead early. Memphis dominated the first quarter as the Vols could not stop the Tigers on the ground. As a team the Tigers carried the ball 54 times for 282 yards. L. Smith led the way for Memphis as he ran for a season high 154 yards on 25 carries. G.Ray chipped in with 54 yards and even quarterback T.Bass got into the attack as he had 64 yards.
T.Bass struggled through the air, 4/19 74yds, but his presence on the ground kept him from getting benched for the second time this year.
"He had some bad reads out there, a couple bad throws." Coach Jerzey said. "But he stuck in there and we really rallied behind him and he responded converting a couple of long 3rd downs for us down the stretch."
Tennessee wouldn't go down without a fight. Tennessee responded after Memphis' first TD with a TD of their own when N.Lamaison connected with T.Campbell for a 48 yard touchdown pass. After that quick response both defenses would play lights out and Memphis escaped to the half with a 14-7 lead.
Memphis' defense would once again turn it up a notch in the second half. Memphis, only allowing 22 total 3rd quarter points during Coach Jerzey's reign, blanked the Vols in the 3rd and tacked on a FG to take a 17-7 lead heading into the fourth.
Tennessee would make things interesting in the fourth as an early TD would cut the lead to 17-14 with 6 minutes to go. But Memphis, with obviously problems in the air, grounded the game out. After back to back holding penalties setting the Tigers back to their 5 yard line, the Tigers had one of the most impressive drives in school history. A 21 play drive would run the last 6 minutes off the clock as Memphis would kneel the ball while on the Tennessee one yard line. The way Memphis ran the ball they could of easily punched in another score but a great show of sportsmanship ended the game without any unneccessary "frustration hits".
Tennessee falls to 5-4 and possibly out of the rankings as they came in ranked number 20 in the nation. Memphis improves to 6-3 with their second win over a ranked opponent this season. Memphis is 6-1 under Coach Jerzey and became bowl eligible after starting the season 0-2.
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