RECAP: Ten Points on Tulane vs. Memphis


Redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee throws a pass in the 38-7 loss against Memphis. Lee threw 3 interceptions in the Homecoming loss. 

Matt Coleman, Staff Reporter

Final Score: 38-7 Memphis

Predicted score: 27-17 Memphis

  1. It took 58 minutes, 5 seconds for Tulane to score. Freshman running back Dontrell Hilliard’s 19-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter ended Memphis’ streak of 31 unanswered points. The Tigers would find the end zone once more less than a minute later.
  2. The Green Wave committed 5 turnovers in the game after committing 5 turnovers over its previous 5 games combined.
  3. Saturday’s game marked the second time all season that the Wave committed more turnovers than it forced, as Memphis turned the ball over 2 times compared to 5 by Tulane.
  4. Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee averaged 4.1 yards per completion, his lowest total all season. Lee completed 26 of 48 passes for 196 yards along with 3 interceptions.
  5. Of its 87 offensive plays, the Wave did not have a play of over 19 yards. Memphis had 7 plays of at least 20 yards though the team had 22 less snaps on offense.
  6. The Wave committed 3 penalties, its lowest single-game total this season.
  7. Hilliard along with teammates Sherman Badie and Lazedrick Thompson combined for 171 rushing yards, as the three running backs had at least 10 carries each. Thompson led the group with 70 yards on the ground.
  8. Despite the loss, Tulane out-gained 351-334 in total yards for the game and converted on only 2 of 14 third downs.
  9. Memphis did not have a player rush for over 47 yards while quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 178 yards, his second lowest total this year. However, the team managed to score 38 points in part because of its 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns.

10. With the team’s fourth straight win, the Tigers stand alone atop the American Athletic Conference with a 5-1 conference record and have guaranteed a winning season for the first time since 2007. Tulane is tied for No. 8 in the AAC, having won 2 of its 6 conference matchups.

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