Memphis First Reaction

Memphis First Reaction

The Memphis Tigers made up for a few years of frustration. The Tigers (1-2) set the tone on the first drive, then dominated the Red Wolves on the line to end ASU's two-game winning streak in the series.

The Tigers had one of their best performances since the glory years of D'Angelo Williams. They had more than 500 yards offense, best since 2008, set a school record for sacks (7) and had two backs clip the 100-yard mark.

The difference: No doubt the defensive line of the Tigers, who allowed Arkansas State very little. The Red Wolves seem to be searching on offense the entire game and the Tigers sacked Adam Kennedy eight times. The Red Wolves had 12 plays (out of 70) that lost yardage and another 7 that gained 2 yards or less (excluding pass plays). ASU managed just 7 first downs.

But the Tiger offensive line also performed well. The Red Wolves just forced two negative plays for Memphis, a sack by Chris Humes and a TFL by John Gandy.

Bright spots? Redshirt freshman linebacker Xavier Woodson led the tackles chart with 9, 5 of them solos. Luke Ferguson punted five times for a 46.2 yard average. J.D. McKissic, who scored the Red Wolves' lone TD on a 15-yard pass from Fredi Knighten, had a kickoff return of 38 yards.

Long balls: The Red Wolves gave up a lot of big plays against the Tigers. Memphis had 10 plays of 20 yards or more. And ASU also allowed a 38-yard punt return.

The other QB: Knighten was 2 of 2 passing for 15 yards and a touchdown. He also had 1 carry for a loss of 4 yards.

The crowd: The announced attendance of 36,279 included a lot of red and black.

ASU numbers: The Red Wolves finished with 181 yards offense, and just 7 first downs. Adam Kennedy was 20 of 37 passing for 166 and threw his first interception of the season. J.D. McKissic caught 5 passes for 23 yards and Julian Jones grabbed 5 for 20 yards. Kennedy did rush for 55 yards but 31 of that was lost on sacks. The Red Wolves' longest play of the game, 22 yards.

The streak: With the defeat, the Red Wolves' streak of 2 straight over the Tigers ends. ASU had won 4 of 5 over Memphis . This was the last of a 4-game contract with the Tigers. There has been no talk of renewing.

Up next: A-State travels to Missouri next Saturday to face the Tigers, who are 3-0 after defeating Indiana.

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