Memphis tops Tulsa, will go bowling again
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.