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Memphis 42, Nicholls 17

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Joe Doyle connected on all five of his first collegiate field-goal attempts, Brandon Thomas rushed for 147 yards and true freshman quarterback Seth Henigan had a successful debut as Memphis opened the season with a 42-17 victory over Nicholls.

Doyle, a redshirt junior, transferred to Memphis after serving as a punter then field-goal holder at Tennessee. He peppered the Colonels with five field goals, the longest 38 yards.

Nicholls scored first on Lindsey Scott's 10-yard pass to KJ Franklin but the Tigers responded with 32 straight points. Doyle had four field goals during that run with Thomas, Rodrigues Clark and Marquavis Weaver rushing for touchdowns.

After Scott rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter for Nicholls, Doyle added his final field goal and Calvin Austin III scored on an 11-yard pass from Henigan, the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Memphis since 2011. Henigan finished 19 of 32 for 265 yards. Javon Ivory had 106 yards receiving.

Memphis won its 16th straight game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and its 21st in a row over nonconference opponents.

Dai'Jean Dixon had 107 yards receiving for Nicholls.

The Colonels, an FCS-ranked team, headed for Memphis two days earlier than normal after Hurricane Ida hammered southeast Louisiana, including Thibodaux where Nicholls is located. Memphis offered assistance to the Colonels, who were able to use the Tigers' practice field and other facilities.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NichMem
Nich TD 9:13 K.J. Franklin 10 yard TD pass from Lindsey Scott Jr. (Gavin Lasseigne Extra Point) 7 0
Mem FG 6:11 Joe Doyle 26 yard field goal 7 3
Mem TD 1:38 Rodrigues Clark 13 yard TD run (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 7 10
Second Quarter NichMem
Mem TD 12:29 Brandon Thomas 10 yard TD run (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 7 17
Mem FG 7:19 Joe Doyle 33 yard field goal 7 20
Mem TD 2:15 Marquavius Weaver 1 yard TD run (Seth Henigan 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 7 26
Mem FG 0:13 Joe Doyle 24 yard field goal 7 29
Third Quarter NichMem
Mem FG 11:46 Joe Doyle 38 yard field goal 7 32
Nich TD 6:54 Lindsey Scott Jr. 5 yard TD run (Gavin Lasseigne Extra Point) 14 32
Mem FG 3:41 Joe Doyle 25 yard field goal 14 35
Fourth Quarter NichMem
Mem TD 12:53 Calvin Austin III 11 yard TD pass from Seth Henigan (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 14 42
Nich FG 9:20 Gavin Lasseigne 35 yard field goal 17 42
Team Stats
  Nicholls Memphis
First downs 17 32
  Rushing 5 15
  Passing 11 13
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 9-17, 53%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 28-100 53-322
Passing Yards 199 265
Return Yards 60 89
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-34-1 19-32-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 6 0
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 12-112 6-55
Nicholls Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Scott Jr. 17 30 194 1 0
K. Granier 2 4 5 0 1
Memphis Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Henigan 19 32 265 1 0
Nicholls Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Gums 13 48 3.7 0
L. Scott Jr. 7 24 3.4 1
J. Carrington III 4 17 4.3 0
J. Jackson 2 7 3.5 0
K. Granier 1 6 6.0 0
Memphis Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Thomas 16 147 9.2 1
R. Clark 9 84 9.3 1
A. Martin 13 65 5.0 0
M. Weaver 10 19 1.9 1
S. Henigan 4 9 2.3 0
Nicholls Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Dixon 7 107 15.3 0
K. Franklin 5 38 7.6 1
J. Tyler 1 19 19.0 0
D. Costly 1 12 12.0 0
J. Carrington III 2 10 5.0 0
J. Jackson 1 8 8.0 0
A. McKenney 1 4 4.0 0
L. Negrotto 1 1 1.0 0
Memphis Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Ivory 5 106 21.2 0
G. Rogers 3 59 19.7 0
C. Austin III 6 47 7.8 1
M. Weaver 1 19 19.0 0
E. Lewis 1 17 17.0 0
R. Clark 1 9 9.0 0
S. Dykes 1 5 5.0 0
C. Prieskorn 1 3 3.0 0
Nicholls Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Memphis Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Oliver 1 1
Nicholls Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Walker 6 223 37.2
Memphis Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Nicholls Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Memphis Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Nicholls Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Robinson Jr. 3 60 20.0
Memphis Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Rogers 3 88 29.3
Nicholls Missed FG
Player Length
Memphis Missed FG
Player Length




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