NCAAF Game Recap - Mississippi at Memphis
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Mississippi (0-1)

0

0

3

7

10

Memphis (1-0)

7

6

0

2

15

Taylor's running, Huff's safety help Memphis beat Ole Miss
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:41 PM

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) Last season's Memphis defense seemed more about stopping opponents just enough so that an explosive Tiger offense could score more points.

On Saturday, the roles were reversed with a much-improved Memphis defense stifling Mississippi, leading the Tigers to a 15-10 victory in the season opener for both teams.

"Hats off to our defensive staff. Coach Fuller and the defensive staff was incredible, absolutely incredible," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "Kept them off-balance all game long."

The Tigers held the Rebels to 173 yards of offense, including minus-1 yards rushing in the first half. But it was a fourth quarter safety by Memphis defensive end Bryce Huff that sealed it. On first down after Tiger punter Adam Williams pinned the Rebels at their own 2, Huff busted through to tackle Corral as he dropped back to pass in the end zone.

That gave Memphis its final 15-10 margin with 6:32 left. The Rebels would never get the ball back after the ensuing free kick and Memphis ran out the clock with a six-plus-minute drive.

"That's something I'll remember for a long time," Norvell said of closing out the game. "This football team trains, prepares itself. This team plays a top-notch, physical football game here in Memphis."

Patrick Taylor rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown to lead the Memphis offense. Kenneth Gainwell, who has taken over the Tigers all-purpose duties from Tony Pollard, now with the Dallas Cowboys, had 77 yards rushing for the Tigers and six catches for another 41 yards.

Corral finished the game 9 of 19 for 93 yards passing. Scottie Phillips managed 62 yards on 19 carries as the Rebels were held to 173 yards of total offense.

"We struggled to block them," Rebel coach Matt Luke said.

That was an important factor for the Tigers, according to Norvell.

"We knew coming into it that whoever would be able to establish the running game would put themselves in a position to be successful," Norvell said. "You look at it, we rushed for almost 200 yards, they only rushed for 80. That was a big part of the game."

Fuller's defense overshadowed the debut of Ole Miss offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez, the former coach at Arizona, Michigan and West Virginia.

"At times, early on, there were a couple of bad decisions," Luke said of the first half offense. "We stayed behind the chains. Couldn't get anything going. In the second half, we limited the negative plays a little bit more."

THE TAKEAWAY

Ole Miss: The new offense under Rodriguez failed to muster any real momentum. In addition to recording only 173 yards, neither Corral's passing nor Phillips' rushing was productive. The Rebels started 0-7 on third-down plays and only managed one conversion in the game.

Memphis: Although the Memphis offense wasn't as explosive as last year, and was hindered by at least a half-dozen false-start penalties, the Tigers did manage to convert 3 of 5 fourth-down plays. That included one with about three minutes left on the game's final drive.

THE SAFETY

Huff said when he went onto the field with the Rebels on their own 2, thoughts of a safety crossed his mind. But he wanted to make sure he was careful, especially since a run seemed evident in that situation.

"I was thinking: `I've got to make something happen,"' Huff said of the play, later adding: "I didn't necessarily think he was going to do a pass play down there."

With Corral dropping back, Huff reached the Rebels quarterback near the back of the end zone.

"I kinda blanked," Huff said of the post-safety celebration.

Luke added: "Getting backed up and giving up a safety, you've got a chance to drive down and win the football fame right there, or at least flip field position at worst."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It remains to be seen whether the win over an SEC team will be enough to move the Tigers into the Top 25. They were among others receiving votes in the preseason poll, and are considered to be one of - if not the - top teams in the American Athletic Conference.

UP NEXT

Ole Miss: Entertains Arkansas at Oxford on Saturday in its SEC opener.

Memphis: Continues its nonconference schedule facing Southern University.

Passing

Miss Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Corral 19 9 47.4 0 93 36 1 40.0
Mem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. White 31 23 74.2 0 172 23 1 73.6

Rushing

Miss Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Phillips 19 62 3.3 16 1
M. Corral 9 17 1.9 15 0
Mem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Taylor Jr. 27 128 4.7 15 1
K. Gainwell 16 77 4.8 10 0

Receiving

Miss Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Moore 4 60 15.0 36 0
J. Pellerin 1 15 15.0 15 0
Mem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Coxie 6 44 7.3 23 0
K. Gainwell 6 41 6.8 11 0

Fumbles

Returning

Miss KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
E. Moore 0 - 0 0 2 1.0 0 1
J. Ealy 1 25.0 0 25 0 - 0 0
Mem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
P. Williams 1 19.0 0 19 3 9.0 0 21
A. Gibson 2 16.0 0 17 0 - 0 0

Punting

Miss Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Brown 5 234 46.8 54
Mem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Williams 6 263 43.8 61

Takeaways

Miss Int Yds InTD
B. Jones 1 4 0
Mem Int Yds InTD
Q. Johnson 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Miss Mem
Points For 10 15
Total Yards 173 364
Rushing Yards 80 192
Passing Yards 93 172
Passing Completions / Attempts 9/19 23/31
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 13 22
Penalties - Yards 3/35 10/75
Time Of Possession 19:19 41:41
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/10 6/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 3/5
Punts - Average Yards 5/47 6/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Miss Mem
Mem 9:37 TD Brady White 1 yd run (Riley Patterson kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Miss Mem
Mem 14:20 TD Patrick Taylor Jr. 1 yd run (missed kick) 0 13
3rd Quarter Miss Mem
Miss 11:49 FG Luke Logan 35 yd FG 3 13
4th Quarter Miss Mem
Miss 3:11 TD Scottie Phillips 1 yd run (Luke Logan kick) 10 13
Mem 8:33 SF Team safety 10 15

Game Information

Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 44,107
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