Memphis vs. Ole Myth


Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 7, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers running back Jai Steib (32) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils at Liberty Bowl Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Canter, Staff Writer

The University of Memphis is having a fantastic year when it comes to football (7-0). With quarterback Paxton Lynch leading the Tigers into one of their best seasons. But on October 17th Memphis faced its toughest opponent of the regular season, the Ole Miss Rebels. For years Ole Miss has dominated Memphis in football, winning by margins of up to 50 points on more than one occasion. Ole Miss was the obvious favorite for this game, and in the first quarter, it showed. The rebels already had gained a 14 point lead and seemed to be gaining momentum. It wasn’t until Genard Avery of Memphis defense made a powerful sack that the tone of the game seemed to pick up. Very quickly after this Memphis scored their first touchdown of the game, a wonderful 15 yard run by Javaris Cooper. Memphis then began firing on all cylinders, making great defensive plays and Paxton Lynch connecting nearly all his passes. Memphis then drove up the field, gaining enough yards for an easy field goal. Memphis then scored two touchdowns just before the end of the second quarter, bringing the score to 24-14 at halftime. Memphis didn’t lose any energy in the third quarter either, with Paxton Lynch delivering a 31 yard pass for a touchdown almost immediately after halftime. Ole Miss didn’t go down without a fight though, scoring a touchdown and a field goal to answer Memphis, not that it would have mattered. Once again Memphis marched up field, gaining enough yards for Jake Elliot to punch two more field goals through, ending the game with a score of 37-24. This was a major upset for Ole Miss, and has put an exclamation mark on Memphis’s new found success. It finally seems safe to say that Tigers fans have much to look forward to.