An ugly season for the Tigers got considerably uglier this afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. If the University of Memphis aspires to membership in the Big East, highlights from today's thorough drubbing — at the hands of a team picked to finish near the bottom of the league — won't be part of the application package.
Cardinal quarterback Adam Froman completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Graham near the end of the first quarter to open the scoring, and by halftime, Memphis was down 35-0. The Cardinals' Bilal Powell dashed 74 yards for a touchdown to highlight the second quarter. Powell finished the game with 204 yards on only 18 carries, with a pair of scores.
The Tiger offense managed only 39 yards on the ground (factoring in 39 yards lost on quarterback sacks by the Cardinals). Freshman quarterback Ryan Williams completed 15 of 27 passes for 174 yards and an interception. Jermaine McKenzie led the Tiger receiving corps with three catches for 71 yards.
Ugliest stat of the day: Memphis owned the edge in time of possession (33:14). This was because all seven Louisville scoring drives took less than four minutes off the clock. Four of the drives took less than two minutes. This was a rout.
Now 1-5, Memphis has given up at least 48 points in four of its six games and managed to score 20 in only two. The Tigers return to Conference USA play next Saturday when they host Southern Miss at the Liberty Bowl.