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Memphis 45, Houston 27

HOUSTON - Down early against Houston, there was no panic on the Memphis sideline.

The Tigers remained poised because they knew they would respond.

Brady White threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score and No. 18 Memphis overcame a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat Houston 45-27.

"It's the first quarter, so there's a lot of football left to be played," White said. "There was not one person who was down or frustrated. We knew what had to be done. We just came out the next series and responded. As long as we own the football and we execute the way we know how to, we know that we can't be stopped."

White completed 22 of 33 passes.

"Brady is one the best quarterbacks in the country," Memphis coach Mike coach Mike Norvell said. "I believed in Brady throughout his time here in Memphis, and it's great to see him play with the confidence and playing within himself."

Damonte Coxie caught four passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Gibson had four catches for 93 yards and a score, and Calvin Austin caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Kenneth Gainwell finished with 99 rushing yards on 17 carries for Memphis, which outgained Houston 531-256. The Tigers (9-1, 5-1 American) have won five in a row. Houston (3-7, 1-5) lost its third straight.

"I thought our guys did a great job with how we responded," Norvell said. "It didn't start off the way we necessarily wanted to. We missed some tackles. We gave up a couple big plays. I thought the guys settled down. Really, all three phases showed up and made some plays throughout."

Clayton Tune was 14 of 22 for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.

"We jumped out on them and felt good about the things we were running and executed really well," Tune said. "We just attacked the things that we saw that they did on defense. I just wish we could have sustained it for longer."

Tune also had a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marquez Stevenson caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

"I think we ran out of gas with four minutes to go in the second quarter," Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Trailing 17-7 to begin the second quarter, Memphis outscored Houston 35-3 over the next two quarters. White found Coxie twice for touchdowns of 23 and 28 yards sandwiched around a White 14-yard touchdown run, a 14-yard touchdown pass from White to Austin and a 6-yard touchdown pass from White to Gibson.

Associated Press

November 16, 2019