Mem­phis rum­bles past over­matched Huskies

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Sports - By Jim Fuller james. fuller @ hearst­medi­act. c om;

MEMPHS, Tenn. — UConn foot­ball coach Randy Ed­sall has been be­moan­ing the lack of con­sis­tency his young team has dis­played this sea­son.

It’s a safe as­sump­tion that giv­ing up 28 points to Mem­phis in the sec­ond quar­ter for the sec­ond sea­son in a row wasn’t the type of con­sis­tency he was look­ing for.

Mem­phis ju­nior tail­backs Dar­rell Hen­der­son and Pa­trick Tay­lor each had a pair of scor­ing runs in the quar­ter as the host Tigers rolled to a 55- 14 vic­tory on Sat­ur­day at Lib­erty Bowl Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Mem­phis ( 4- 2, 1- 2 in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) wasted lit­tle time in tak­ing the lead as Brady White hit an un­cov­ered Joey Mag­nifico for a 44- yard touch­down to cap a six- play, 75- yard scor­ing drive. It was the 17th time this sea­son an op­po­nent had a scor­ing drive that took less than 2 min­utes.

UConn ( 1- 5, 0- 3) had an an­swer, con­vert­ing all five third- down con­ver­sions dur­ing a 17- play scor­ing drive which ended with David Pin­dell’s 4- yard scor­ing run. The drive took 7 min­utes and 32 sec­onds mak­ing it the third most time con­sum­ing touch­down- scor­ing drive against a fel­low Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion team since the Huskies be­gan play­ing at the FBS level in 2002.

Mem­phis con­verted on a 3rd and 23 play on the next drive lead­ing to Dar­rell Hen­der­son’s 2- yard scor­ing run. The ex­tra point was no good, but the Tigers still lead 13- 7.

As was the case in the 2017 meet­ing be­tween the teams, the wheels fell off in the sec­ond quar­ter as Mem­phis had 178 yards on eight rush­ing at­tempts in the pe­riod. It also didn’t help that for the sec­ond week in a row the of­fense strug­gled af­ter scor­ing on the open­ing pos­ses­sion.

It started with Omar Fortt, Ryan Car­roll and Ian Swen­son all miss­ing tack­les on Hen­der­son’s 61- yard TD run. Tay­lor had a pair of 35- yard scor­ing runs be­fore Hen­der­son added a 26 yarder to push the lead to 41- 7.

UConn did get a score back on a tough catch in traf­fic in the end zone by Keyion Dixon as the 14- yard re­cep­tion with 26 sec­onds to play in the half made it

41- 14.

Tay­lor had a 12- yard scor­ing run the first time Mem­phis got the ball in the sec­ond half and af­ter Pin­dell’s sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of the game, Antonio Gib­son caught a 17- yard scor­ing pass from re­serve quar­ter­back Con­nor Adair with

5: 59 left to play.

Hen­der­son ran for 174 yards and Tay­lor 161 for Mem­phis as the Tigers ran for 378 yards.

Start­ing corner­back Tahj Her­ring- Wil­son re­turned to the field for the first time since in­jur­ing his an­kle in a win over Rhode Is­land.

Fortt led UConn with 13 tack­les.

Mark We­ber / The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal via AP

Mem­phis run­ning back Pa­trick Tay­lor Jr., left, runs past UConn de­fender Santana Ster­ling on his way to a touch­down on Sat­ur­day night.

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