Memphis’ offense continues its explosive ways, but they needed to do so Saturday night. South Alabama gave the Tigers defense all they could handle, but couldn’t keep pace with the Memphis offense.
Darrell Henderson had yet another big night, rushing 22 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns. That gives him 633 yards and seven touchdowns rushing in the last three games, and might as well give him All-Conference honors as well. Patrick Taylor Jr. pitched in 75 yards and two touchdowns of his own on the ground. Memphis also got a solid game from quarterback Brady White, who completed 22 of his 29 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. It was another great night for the Tigers offense, one in which they couldn’t do much wrong. The only problem was they needed everything they got from this group.
South Alabama’s quarterback Evan Orth wasn’t expected to tear apart the Memphis defense, bug he did. Orth went 24-for-32 for 360 yards and three touchdowns passing, which kept the Jaguars in this game well into the fourth quarter. His favorite target, Jamarius Way had 10 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown. South Alabama appeared to be able to do whatever they wanted for a while, but Memphis got just enough stops in the end.
Henderson’s performances in the opening month are one of the headlines for this Memphis Tigers team. The offense as a whole has proven to be lethal even with a new quarterback and new faces at receiver. It all was going to come down to defense. To this point, the defense hasn’t looked bad, but there was going to be a game in which they struggled. Luckily, the offense had their back.
Heading into conference play, the Tigers know they have a team that can compete for the conference title. Navy’s loss to SMU certainly helped that. If both sides can be consistent going forward, a conference title is well within reach.