Memphis slides past ULM 37-29 in season opener

September 01, 2017 - 9:23 am

The Memphis Tigers started the season on the right foot defeating the University of Louisiana-Monroe 37-29 in a slippery affair last night. 

Here are my three takeaways from the season opening win: 

The Good: The Tigers ground game was stellar. The 1-2 punch of Darell Henderson & Patrick Taylor continuously gashed the ULM defense for long gains. They became the first Memphis rushing duo since 2013 to rush for 100+ yards in the same game. As a whole, Memphis finished with 336 rushing yards (8.2 per carry) in what was a wet night inside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. 

The Bad: Riley Ferguson. Did mother nature have something to do with his 97 yard night? Yes she did but Ferguson's decision making with the football when he had throwing opportunities was questionable to say the least.  The Senior QB finished the night 10 of 25 with 1 int where he tried to force a ball across his body in rainy, windy weather. I don't expect the Tigers to play another football game in the eye of a hurricane so it's only up from Week 1 for Ferguson.

The Ugly:  The defense. When you finish the night +3 in the turnover column (three fumbles, one interception)  it's usually a win but not tonight. The Tiger defense was optimistic but struggled at times to stop a bad Louisiana-Monroe offense. The WarHawks finished the night with 425 total yards. After three of the more experienced Tigers went down, Memphis seemed out of sorts on the defensive end. The coaching staff will have some problems to fix before facing traveling to face UCF next weekend in Orlando.

Streaks stay alive  

Anthony Miller & Phil Mayue extended their streaks of games with a catch. Miller extended his streak to 26- straight games with a catch while  Mayhue extends his streak to 29 straight games.

Highlight of the night 

Tony Pollard takes one to the crib for FREE JEWELRY!

Injury bug

Defensive starters Jackson Dillon, Genard Avery & Jared Gentry went out with injuries as did backup Darian Porter. Coach Norvell was not able to update their conditions after the game. 

Overall, The Memphis Tigers are undefeated. 1-0. 

Next game: at UCF

Devin Walker- 92.9 ESPN

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