After getting run out of the gym by Oklahoma State's Cowboys, the Memphis Tigers looked to rebound this past Saturday (Nov. 23) against the Nicholls State Colonels. Regardless of the embarrassing loss, the True Blue Nation showed its unwavering support, packing the FedExforum.
And, the fans got what they came to see. The Tigers drummed the Colonels to the tune of a 98-59 victory. It was quite clear from the onset that Nicholls was outmanned.
With the OSU loss fresh on their minds, no one should have been surprised that Memphis came out hungry and dominated the game.
The Central Warriors (8-5) were playing their first quarterfinal game in school history against the White Station Spartans (9-4) at Crump stadium in a Class 6A matchup Friday night. A second-half thriller ended with Central on the short end of a 31-28 battle.
The stands at Crump stadium were filled with supporters from both schools at kickoff, with many still in line to be a part of a game that was stamped with a playoff atmosphere. The first half lacked offensive explosion and felt like it was going to be a dogfight, with a 7-3 halftime score.
The Spartans brought injured quarterback Cedric Wilson off the bench and he threw four touchdown passes in the second half, including a 5-yard pass to Terry Wright for the winner with 57 seconds left. Wilson finished 18 of 21 passing for 209 yards.
When the game is over and your team's players and coach are saying things like the other team is smart, they stick to their system and they hit some tough shots, well, that sounds like a loss.
And it was: San Antonio 102, Memphis 86. The Spurs won both halves, going into the locker room at halftime with a 14-point lead that grew by two points by game's end.
Despite those point gaps, the Grizzlies were not pushovers. Absorbing the loss of center Marc Gasol, who left with a strained left knee in the second quarter, Memphis battled back to tie the game in the second half.
As the No. 11-ranked University of Memphis Tigers headed into Stillwater, Okla. to take on the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys, the spread on the game opened with Memphis a 6.5 point underdog.
Vegas is usually pretty close on their predictions, but the spread grew to 9.5 before tip-off. When a spread jumps by three points, it's usually a good indication that the gamblers are all betting one way and in this case it was on the Cowboys.
With that information in mind, no realistic True Blue fan should have had expected a win from the Tigers on Tuesday night. The real question would be how Memphis would respond to its first real test of the season against a top-ranked opponent.
(CNN) – A Tennessee high school assistant coach faces charges of vandalism after he was arrested November 13 for allegedly damaging his own school to motivate his football team against its cross-county rival.
The day before the November 1 game between Marion County and South Pittsburg that would decide the District 6-A championship, authorities say, someone used orange and black paint – the colors of South Pittsburg – to spray-paint vulgarities on the field house at Marion County High School and damaged the school's campus.
"The field house was spray painted, a purple turf mat was damaged. A storage building was vandalized and trash was tossed all over the place," Mark Griffith, superintendent of Marion County schools, told HLN.
Followers of University of Memphis football this season have become accustomed to close games. Unfortunately, most of those have been punctuated with a collapse by the Tigers and an eventual loss.
This past weekend, Memphis (2-6) was poised to win its first conference game, traveling to Tampa to take on the University of South Florida Bulls. After beating UT-Martin the previous week, the Tigers were looking to string together wins for the first time this year.
The storyline headed into the game was that both teams would be starting a freshman quarterback. So the question was not which QB would win the game for his team, but which one would make fewer mistakes.