The Memphis Tigers overcame a double-digit deficit for the fifth time this season against the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday. The last time a team was able to overcome such deficits this many times was UCLA ten years ago. Giving up two early scores put the Tigers behind 13-0 in the second quarter and after a missed field goal it appeared Memphis might struggle in this game.
With a Doroland Dorceus rushing touchdown followed by a Jake Elliot field goal the Tigers pulled to within three with just under 7 minutes to go in the half. A high snap over the head of the Green Wave punter on the next drive resulted in a safety and Memphis had another field goal to end the half giving them a 15-13 lead.
The second half would look much more like the Memphis team that was undefeated and ranked 16th in the country coming in to the game. Paxton Lynch threw for 171 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter as the Tigers cruised to a 41-13 victory.
Lynch was also the team’s second leading rusher with 43 yards, only two yards behind Dorceus. He finished 26-42 for 343 yards and one passing touchdown. Backup QB Clay Holgerson also saw time in the 4th quarter.
Now Justin Fuente’s team sets its eyes on Navy, who come to the Liberty Bowl next Saturday at 7pm. Navy only has one loss so far to top ten Notre Dame and is tied with Memphis and Houston for first place in the American West. Next week’s game will be televised on ESPN2.
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