North Alabama Memphis StudsandDuds 6 wins

North Alabama Memphis

North Alabama posted a 1-9 record and didn’t improve on it. Memphis Tigers on Seniors’ Day; dominated with 59:0. They were marked for overtaking all day and showed their talent advantage at every stage. The Memphis Tigers didn’t just score a shutout; They kept the North Alabama Lions off their territory all day. Memphis hits 6-Wins, an incredible 9th straight year of being bowl qualified. (Technically, he didn’t play the Hawaii Bowl last year, it was a last-minute cancellation of Covid testing by the opposition.)

North Alabama Memphis

Studs and Duds Memphis Special Teams and Impact plays. Punt returner Eddie Lewis had a long punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. He came in the top 20 in the nation’s game at 8.0 yards per return, which will no doubt improve. He took the punt from near midfield and ran down the touchline to dive into the end zone. The game was ruled out of bounds in the threes, but the umpires ruled that Eddie Lewis touched the pylon with the ball as it fell. Touchdown Tiger!

Another big play was a pick six from the Memphis defense by Xay Cullens. I predicted he would be a big factor and he was exceptional today. But mostly it was the 54-yard interception return. He snagged it in the Memphis 46 and snagged it on North Alabama’s first drive of the 3rd quarter. Cullens made some nice moves, reversed the field and ran down the touchline to score Memphis’ first goal of the second half, a defensive one.

North Alabama vs. Memphis

tunnels and duds; Stud Memphis Run game. Jevyon Ducker rushed for 54 yards and Sutton Smith rushed for 55 yards. Late in the game, RB Andarious Coffey came on for late-game action; and even that deep in the game he ran 83 yards. The game in progress thrived late as the Memphis Tigers took a huge 38-0 lead at halftime; but after the score was 45-0, Memphis drew the starting QB and main RBs. But Coffey apparently didn’t get the menu and kept the score going. He gained 83 yards in 14 carries in the second half.

North Alabama vs. Memphis

tunnels and duds; dud- level of competition. It was the first game of the whole year that Memphis just bested the other team. It was expected (as a buy-in game) that this team would be outplayed by the Atlantic Sun (0-5) in the conference. Little did the planner know at the time that North Alabama would be 1-9 and the only win for an underperforming Div III team.

Despite being a dud of a game, Memphis never took them for granted. They did not allow the North Alabama team to enter their territory. Not by punt return, penalty, turnover – for no reason. Not a great matchup; but even against decent contenders like Chatannoga, Jackson State (Deions team), North Alabama scored 14 and 31 points. They hadn’t been disfellowshipped all year to date.

North Alabama vs. Memphis

Stud: Seth Henigan again. All the year long. Another solid day, again without interceptions. He ran only 2 times for 2 yards but passed for a touchdown with a 14-24 accuracy. In 7 home games, Seth Henigan threw only 3 interceptions all year. And in the 12 games, the loss to ECU was the only game where his interceptions (2) matched TDs. And in 7 of the 12 games this season he kept clean sheets – no interceptions. A conservative offense Seth Henigan managed masterfully all year.

What’s coming up? Memphis travels to SMU next week for the season finale. Both teams are 6-5, both teams are already eligible. Neither are in contention for the conference championship. Who is motivated?

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