Mem­phis tops Tulsa, will go bowl­ing again

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NFL BLITZ -

MEM­PHIS — Dar­rell Hen­der­son rushed for two touch­downs and 166 yards, go­ing over 3,000 for his col­le­giate ca­reer, as Mem­phis be­came bowl el­i­gi­ble for a school-record fifth straight sea­son with a 47-21 vic­tory over Tulsa on Satur­day.

Brady White was 14-of-20 pass­ing for 184 yards with two touch­downs in the win.

John “Pop” Wil­liams, who had one of the touch­down re­cep­tions, capped the Tigers’ scor­ing with a fourth-quar­ter punt re­turn in which he started left, then spun around a de­fender as he headed to the right and down the side­line for a 72-yard score.

Hen­der­son scored on a 1-yard run and a 9-yarder, the lat­ter on a di­rect snap. He rushed for 100 yards for the 12th time in his past 15 games.

Mem­phis (6-4, 3-3 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) to­taled 499 yards of of­fense. On de­fense, the Tigers had sea­son highs with 11 tack­les for loss and five sacks.

Corey Tay­lor II rushed for 117 yards and two scores for the Golden Hur­ri­cane (2-8, 1-5).

› MTSU 48,


EL PASO, Texas — Brent Stock­still com­pleted 31 of 40 passes for 352 yards and four touch­downs with no in­ter­cep­tions to lead Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Univer­sity past the Univer­sity of Texas at El Paso.

Ty Lee caught 10 passes for 158 yards and a score for the Blue Raiders (7-3, 6-1 Con­fer­ence USA), who had all the points they needed when they led 34-10 at the end of the third quar­ter.

The Min­ers (1-9, 1-5) ral­lied with 22 fourth-quar­ter points, but MTSU held off the surge with two touch­downs in the pe­riod, in­clud­ing Wes­ley Bush’s 75-yard pick-6, his sec­ond of the year.

Quardraiz Wadley ran 15 times for 99 yards and two touch­downs for UTEP.

› Jack­sonville State 41, Ten­nessee State 14

NASHVILLE — Zer­rick Cooper threw three touch­down passes to help Jack­sonville State clinch its fifth straight Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence ti­tle.

Jack­sonville State (8-2, 7-1) is the first team in OVC his­tory to win that many in a row. The Game­cocks have beaten Ten­nessee State (3-5, 2-4) in eight of their past nine meet­ings in the se­ries and are 5-0 against the Tigers in Nashville.

Cooper com­pleted all three of his scor­ing passes on con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions — Ja­mari Hester caught two touch­down passes and Josh Pear­son one. Michael Matthews’ 16-yard touch­down run helped the Game­cocks take a 27-7 lead into half­time.

Jalen Choice and Yul Gowdy each had a pick-6 in the fourth quar­ter for Jack­sonville State.

Shawn McCol­ley and Te’ken­drick Rober­son each had a touch­down run for Ten­nessee State.

› Eastern Illi­nois 52, Austin Peay 21

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Isa­iah John­son ran for 187 yards and three touch­downs as Eastern Illi­nois jumped out to a big lead early and coasted to vic­tory.

The Pan­thers (3-7, 3-4 OVC) took a 14-0 first-quar­ter lead with touch­down runs of 10 and 20 yards by John­son. Johnathan Brant­ley took over in the sec­ond quar­ter, scor­ing twice on 11-yard runs and adding a 38-yard touch­down pass to Alexan­der Hollins to push the lead to 35-0.

The Gover­nors (4-6, 2-5) didn’t get on the score­board un­til Jeremiah Oatsvall con­nected with Gorel Soumare for a 6-yard score with 19 sec­onds left be­fore half­time.

› UT-Martin 38, Ten­nessee Tech 13 MARTIN, Tenn. — Joe Hud­son threw a touch­down pass and ran for an­other score to help the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Martin earn its sec­ond OVC win of the sea­son.

Hud­son ran for a 27-yard touch­down and con­nected with Colton Dow­ell on a 28-yard touch­down pass just be­fore half­time to help the Sky­hawks (2-8, 2-5) take a 28-13 lead. Hud­son fin­ished with 183 pass­ing yards and ran for 49 yards on seven car­ries.

Jaimiee Bowe had a 9-yard touch­down run in the first quar­ter, and he broke loose for a 33-yard score early in the fourth. LaDar­ius Galloway had a 7-yard scor­ing run late in the first quar­ter for UT-Martin, which to­taled 277 rush­ing yards on 43 car­ries.

An­drew Gold­smith ran for 60 yards and two short-yardage touch­downs in the sec­ond quar­ter to lead Ten­nessee Tech (1-9, 1-6).


Mem­phis line­backer Bryce Huff, left, sacks Tulsa quar­ter­back Seth Boomer dur­ing Satur­day’s Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence matchup in Mem­phis. The host Tigers won 47-21 to reach six wins and bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity.

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