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By William M. Larsha, Jr., Columnist/Sports Reporter

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

MEMPHIS, TN- The University of Memphis Tigers got a chance to avenge a surprising loss to U T Martin last year on November 9, 2013 at homecoming in Liberty Bowl Stadium. They did just that, beating the Skyhawks by a score of 21-6.


The Tigers came into the game with a record of 1-6 and coming off 4 straight losses. U T Martin was 6-2 on the season. The tigers were desperate for a win in order to keep their bowl hopes alive. They will have to win their remaining 4 games in order to reach a bowl game this year. Many feel the schedule favors them the rest of the way.


This game was close throughout the first half. Martin kicked two first half field goals. The Tigers' only first half score came on a 6 yard touchdown run from quarterback Paxton Lynch with 23 seconds left to make the halftime score 7-6 Memphis.


The score remained 7-6 thorough the 3rd quarter. The Tigers finally were able to pull away in the middle of the 4th. Lynch threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Hayes with 7:56 left to make the score 14-6. The last score came with 2:57 left on an 8 yard touchdown run from Sam Craft. When asked about the two late scores, Head Coach Justin Fuentes said, "I thought that we did a decent job mixing it up. We had some success running the ball. The scheme can give you problems. There are so many people in there they flood you with - people with just sheer numbers and then defend the pass with some different type looks and pressure. We got our feet underneath us running the football a little bit, despite the number of people in there."


Memphis plays next on November 16 against South Florida in Tampa.