Memphis rum­bles past Huskies

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Sports - By Jim Fuller

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 Satur- day 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.

Mark We­ber / The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal via AP

Memphis de­fender Austin Hall, right, hits UConn quar­ter­back David Pin­dell dur­ing Satur­day’s game.

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