NCAAF Game Recap - Memphis at Houston
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Memphis 45, Houston 27

Nov 16, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

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(18) Memphis (9-1)

7

21

14

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45

Houston (3-7)

17

3

0

7

27

White throws 5 TD passes, No. 18 Memphis beats Houston
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Down early against Houston, there was no panic on the Memphis sideline.

The Tigers remained poised because they knew they would respond.

Brady White threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score and No. 18 Memphis overcame a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat Houston 45-27 on Saturday.

"It's the first quarter, so there's a lot of football left to be played," White said. "There was not one person who was down or frustrated. We knew what had to be done. We just came out the next series and responded. As long as we own the football and we execute the way we know how to, we know that we can't be stopped."

White completed 22 of 33 passes.

"Brady is one the best quarterbacks in the country," Memphis coach Mike coach Mike Norvell said. "I believed in Brady throughout his time here in Memphis, and it's great to see him play with the confidence and playing within himself."

Damonte Coxie caught four passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Gibson had four catches for 93 yards and a score, and Calvin Austin caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Kenneth Gainwell finished with 99 rushing yards on 17 carries for Memphis, which outgained Houston 531-256. The Tigers (9-1, 5-1 American) have won five in a row. Houston (3-7, 1-5) lost its third straight.

"I thought our guys did a great job with how we responded," Norvell said. "It didn't start off the way we necessarily wanted to. We missed some tackles. We gave up a couple big plays. I thought the guys settled down. Really, all three phases showed up and made some plays throughout."

Clayton Tune was 14 of 22 for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.

"We jumped out on them and felt good about the things we were running and executed really well," Tune said. "We just attacked the things that we saw that they did on defense. I just wish we could have sustained it for longer."

Tune also had a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marquez Stevenson caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

"I think we ran out of gas with four minutes to go in the second quarter," Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Trailing 17-7 to begin the second quarter, Memphis outscored Houston 35-3 over the next two quarters. White found Coxie twice for touchdowns of 23 and 28 yards sandwiched around a White 14-yard touchdown run, a 14-yard touchdown pass from White to Austin and a 6-yard touchdown pass from White to Gibson.

THE TAKEAWAY

Memphis: The defense allowed 143 yards in the first quarter and 113 yards over the final three quarters. The Tigers finished with nine tackles for loss and three sacks. Memphis was 9 of 13 on third downs.

Houston: The Cougars continue to start off strong but had issues keeping it going again. Houston got into the red zone and settled for field goals twice. The Cougars were 3 of 10 on third downs.

"Then we moved it again all the way down, and I'm like `Uh oh'," Holgorsen said of settling for field goals. "There's eight points we left out there."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tigers should maintain their position in the poll following the win over Houston.

ARESCO SPEAKS

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco spoke prior to the game on a number of topics, including the College Football Playoff rankings. Aresco was not pleased with the rankings, particularly SMU being left out of the latest rankings and the two-loss and three-loss teams being ahead of the American one-loss teams.

"In the past, they have always said `OK, we put these two and three and four-loss teams ahead of you' . and they do it on the basis of `Oh, it's the strength of your conference compared to so-called P5 conferences,"' Aresco said. "I think that's bogus because this year we're as strong as the ACC. We're as strong as the Pac-12."

UP NEXT

Memphis: At South Florida on Saturday.

Houston: At Tulsa on Saturday.

Passing

Mem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. White 33 22 66.7 5 341 56 1 127.7
C. Adair 2 1 50.0 0 26 26 0 95.8
Hou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Tune 22 14 63.6 1 157 53 0 100.0

Rushing

Mem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Gainwell 17 99 5.8 27 0
K. Watkins 8 39 4.9 18 0
Hou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Tune 10 65 6.5 68 1
K. Porter 13 23 1.8 7 0

Receiving

Mem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Coxie 4 93 23.3 29 2
A. Gibson 4 93 23.3 56 1
Hou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Stevenson 5 89 17.8 53 1
B. Smith 2 18 9.0 11 0

Fumbles

Hou F FL
C. Tune 1 1

Returning

Mem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Austin III 0 - 0 0 2 0.5 0 2
K. Brown Jr. 2 2.5 0 4 0 - 0 0
Hou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Stevenson 3 21.3 0 23 0 - 0 0
B. Smith 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

Mem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Williams 1 45 45.0 45
Hou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Roy 4 193 48.3 57

Takeaways

Hou Int Yds InTD
Z. Kirven 1 9 0

Team Stats Comparison

Mem Hou
Points For 45 27
Total Yards 531 256
Rushing Yards 164 99
Passing Yards 367 157
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/35 14/22
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 29 14
Penalties - Yards 6/55 3/40
Time Of Possession 30:30 30:30
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/13 3/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 2/22 4/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Mem Hou
Hou 3:24 TD Marquez Stevenson 53 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 0 7
Mem 6:57 TD Kameron Wilson 6 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 7 7
Hou 7:48 TD Clayton Tune 68 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 7 14
Hou 12:44 FG Dalton Witherspoon 38 yd FG 7 17
2nd Quarter Mem Hou
Mem 1:17 TD Damonte Coxie 23 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 14 17
Hou 10:39 FG Dalton Witherspoon 26 yd FG 14 20
Mem 11:30 TD Brady White 14 yd run (Riley Patterson kick) 21 20
Mem 14:41 TD Calvin Austin III 16 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 28 20
3rd Quarter Mem Hou
Mem 10:48 TD Antonio Gibson 6 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 35 20
Mem 12:51 TD Damonte Coxie 28 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 42 20
4th Quarter Mem Hou
Mem 3:44 FG Riley Patterson 35 yd FG 45 20
Hou 10:01 TD Cole McGowan 0 yd blocked punt return (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 45 27

Game Information

Stadium: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 25,149
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