Thursday, May 2, 2013

TTT Answer

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM

The 2012 Tiger football team finished its season with three straight wins. It was only the third such finish for the U of M since 1976. What were the other two seasons during this stretch in which Memphis won (at least) its final three games? And how did the Tigers do the following year?

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After a 3-5 start, the 1988 Tigers won their last three games (over Southwestern Louisiana, Tulsa, and Vanderbilt). Alas, the streak wasn't enough to save coach Charlie Bailey his job. Chuck Stobart replaced Bailey . . . and opened the 1989 season with four straight losses. That '89 team also lost its final five games to finish 2-9.

The 2005 Tigers sent All-America senior DeAngelo Williams off in style, winning their last three games (including the Motor City Bowl over Akron) to finish 7-5. The U of M needed wins over Southern Miss and Marshall at the end of the regular season just to gain bowl eligibility. Minus Williams, the 2006 Tigers opened with a loss to Ole Miss and suffered a dreadful 2-10 season.

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