Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT
H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa
Written by Nick Raffoul
The Memphis Tigers will take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium in an American Athletic Conference on Saturday afternoon.
The AAC West division has proven to be a gauntlet through seven weeks with SMU the lone undefeated team left (7-0, 3-0 AAC). Memphis (6-1, 2-1 AAC) bounced back from its first loss of the season with a blowout win versus Tulane last week, improving to 2-1 in AAC play, which ties them with the Green Wave for third place in the AAC West standings -- a half-game behind Navy (5-1, 3-1 AAC). Of course, the Tigers only loss of the season came two weeks ago in a controversial 30-28 loss versus Temple?
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Tigers' RB Gainwell makes history in win vs. TulaneMemphis trounced Tulane 47-17 last week behind a career day by running back Kenneth Gainwell. Gainwell made history by becoming the first Tigers’ player and the first player in the FBS to gain 200 receiving yards and 100 rushing yards in a single game since 1997. Brady White also threw for 358 yards and five touchdowns to help Memphis improve to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play. White has now thrown for 1,884 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only four interceptions through seven games while completing 70.3 percent of his passes.
The Tigers’ victory boosts their chance of reaching a New Year’s Six bowl game. If Memphis wins out, it could have a chance to play in the Cotton Bowl, which is designated for the highest Group of Five team this season. However, they enter the week as the fifth-highest ranked Group of Five team, behind SMU, Cincinnati, Boise State and Appalachia State -- all of whom find themselves in the AP Top-25 Polls. The Tigers will play two of those teams (SMU and Cincinnati) and could leapfrog the other two (Boise State and Appalachian State) based on the strength of their overall schedule.
Gainwell has been making a name for himself in his first full collegiate season. The redshirt freshman running back has rushed for at least 100 yards in five straight games and now has 830 rushing yards to go along with eight scores on the ground. He’s also been a threat as a receiver out of the backfield, totaling 440 yards and three receiving scores.
Memphis will be dealing with some injuries heading into the week, especially on defense, where they will be without leading tackler Sanchez Blake. The Tigers’ safety is out indefinitely after suffering an injury in the first quarter against Tulane last week. While the injury was not disclosed to the media, Blake initially grabbed his left arm as he laid on the turf. The 6-foot sophomore leads the defense with 45 tackles and an interception. The Tigers’ defense has surrendered just 20.4 points and 345.1 yards of total offense so far this season.
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Friday, November 8, 2019
H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa