Video review adds yards to Williams' Motor City total

Updated: December 28, 2005, 7:04 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams picked up extra yards rushing two days after his already standout performance in the Motor City Bowl.

A review of the tape of Memphis' 38-31 victory over Akron on Monday showed that Williams ran for five yards that he didn't receive credit for, Memphis athletic officials said.

Williams is currently credited with 30 rushes for 233 yards. But after comparing the play-by-play with videotape, Williams actually had 31 carries for 238 yards, according to a story posted on the university's Web site on Wednesday.

The review has been submitted to the NCAA for consideration.

If accepted, the change would give Williams 1,964 yards on 310 carries for the season and boost his NCAA record in all-purpose yards to 7,573.

The play that caused the confusion occurred as Memphis started a drive with 12:31 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Maurice Avery was credited with the run instead of Williams.

With the change, Williams would set a Motor City Bowl record for rushing, topping the 237 yards by Jason Wright of Northwestern against Bowling Green in 2003. The 31 carries would tie the mark set by Chester Taylor of Toledo in 2001 against Cincinnati.


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