Take a look at that final score again. 37-24. That's pretty impressive, isn't it?
Now remember, the Memphis Tigers were trailing 14-0 just a shade over five minutes into this game. So over the course of 55 minutes, they outscored the Ole Miss Rebels 37-10. That is damned impressive, people.
Yes, I understand that they had numerous things go their way, like Robert Nkemdiche suffering a concussion early on that clearly had an impact on the Rebel game plan.
That said, Paxton Lynch threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns, while Jarvis Cooper, Doroland Dorceus and Sam Craft carried the ball 30 times for 112 yards and another score.
I was definitely concerned despite the Tigers' 31-14 lead when Jae'lon Oglesby decided that attempting to outrun every defender he saw was a good idea. One that resulted in a reverse becoming a 19 yard loss and a punt that led straight into the Rebels and Chad Kelly marching straight down the field for a lead-slicing touchdown.
In the end, the Tigers held it together for just long enough and kept pace with Houston in the AAC West, and will now begin a short week of prep for a game next Friday night at Tulsa. That said, if Memphis can look this good against a top-tier SEC team, the rest of their own conference should be on high alert.