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GAMEDAY College Football

Tulane 38, Memphis 28

(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Michael Pratt threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Tyjae Spears ran for 125 yards and another score and No. 25 Tulane celebrated its first Top 25 ranking since 1998 with a dominant first half and hung on to beat Memphis 38-28.

The Green Wave (7-1, 4-0 American Athletic) scored on three of their first four possessions and took a 35-0 lead into the second half before the Tigers rallied.

Seth Henigan had 257 of his 312 passing yards in the second half for the Tigers (4-4, 2-3), finishing with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Eddie Lewis hauled in two of the touchdowns, finishing with three receptions for 94 yards.

Pratt and the Tulane offense drove 80 yards in 11 plays on their opening drive, with the Green Wave quarterback running it in from six yards out to make it 7-0.

The first of Memphis' two special teams miscues came after their first drive stalled, as Tulane's Jha'Quan Jackson caught the resulting punt at his 10, got a key block before exploding down the right sideline for the 90-yard return for a touchdown.

The Green Wave recovered a muffed put at the Memphis 12, and Spears took it in three plays later to make it 21-0 with 2:02 remaining in the opening quarter.

Memphis finally got untracked in the third quarter with a pair of touchdown passes from Henigan, first on a 7-yard pass to Koby Drake and then a 33-yard strike to Lewis.

Henigan connected with Lewis again for a 55-yard score with just over four minutes left in the game to pull the Tigers to within 10, but the ensuing onside attempt went out of bounds. A final drive ended when the Tigers drove to the Tulane 6, but Henigan was intercepted in the end zone.

Pratt threw for 158 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Memphis: After starting the season 4-1, Memphis has dropped three straight.

Tulane: The 21 first-quarter points was the most for the Green Wave in the opening quarter this season and left Tulane with a 62-10 scoring advantage in the opening 15 minutes.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MemTulane
Tulane TD 9:39 Michael Pratt 6 yard TD run (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 7
Tulane TD 8:09 Jha'Quan Jackson 90 yard punt return for TD (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 14
Tulane TD 2:02 Tyjae Spears 3 yard TD run (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 21
Second Quarter MemTulane
Tulane TD 5:49 Shaadie Clayton 4 yard TD run (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 28
Tulane TD 0:25 Duece Watts 6 yard TD pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 35
Third Quarter MemTulane
Mem TD 8:48 Koby Drake 7 yard TD pass from Seth Henigan (Chris Howard Extra Point) 7 35
Mem TD 4:05 Eddie Lewis 33 yard TD pass from Seth Henigan (Chris Howard Extra Point) 14 35
Fourth Quarter MemTulane
Mem TD 14:02 Brandon Thomas 2 yard TD run (Chris Howard Extra Point) 21 35
Tulane FG 7:40 Valentino Ambrosio 25 yard field goal 21 38
Mem TD 4:23 Eddie Lewis 55 yard TD pass from Seth Henigan (Chris Howard Extra Point) 28 38
Team Stats
  Memphis Tulane
First downs 22 20
  Rushing 11 9
  Passing 10 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 6-14, 43%
4th down efficiency 4-4, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 33-103 41-186
Passing Yards 312 158
Return Yards 50 131
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-41-2 20-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-10 1-5
Punts 4 5
Fumbles Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 0-0 4-35
Memphis Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Henigan 26 41 312 3 2
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Pratt 20 29 158 1 0
Memphis Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Henigan 13 42 3.2 0
S. Smith 6 28 4.7 0
J. Ducker 8 21 2.6 0
B. Thomas 6 12 2.0 1
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 24 125 5.2 1
S. Clayton 4 29 7.3 1
M. Pratt 9 19 2.1 1
J. Jackson 1 8 8.0 0
L. Keys III 1 7 7.0 0
D. McDougle 1 -1 -1.0 0
Memphis Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Lewis 3 94 31.3 2
C. Prieskorn 4 55 13.8 0
J. Ivory 5 45 9.0 0
S. Smith 2 38 19.0 0
C. Wright 2 25 12.5 0
J. Ducker 2 16 8.0 0
K. Drake 3 12 4.0 1
J. Scates 2 10 5.0 0
B. Thomas 1 9 9.0 0
R. Taylor 2 8 4.0 0
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. McDougle 5 37 7.4 0
S. Wyatt 1 30 30.0 0
T. James 2 26 13.0 0
J. Jackson 2 22 11.0 0
D. Watts 3 17 5.7 1
L. Keys III 4 14 3.5 0
T. Spears 1 8 8.0 0
S. Clayton 2 4 2.0 0
Memphis Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Brooks 1 7
J. Monroe 1 0
Memphis Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Doyle 4 185 46.3
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 5 187 37.4
Memphis Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Lewis 1 0 0
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 89 44.5
Memphis Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Smith 3 50 16.7
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Cooper Jr. 1 7 7.0
L. Keys III 1 28 28.0
Memphis Missed FG
Player Length
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length




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