HOUSTON (AP) -- It didn't take long for Memphis to take advantage
of Houston mistakes.
Will Hyden returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown
3:50 into the game, starting a 28-point first quarter in the
Tigers' 45-14 victory Saturday.
"That lit it," said Memphis coach Tommy West. "One team
needed something to kind of spark them and we got the one that
sparked us. That was really big."
Houston coach Art Briles took the blame for his play-calling.
"I made a bad call on a middle screen," he said. "I knew it
was a risky call and at that stage of the game, I should not have
made it. I knew better.
On Houston's next possession, Jackie Battle fumbled and Derrick
Ballard recovered at the Cougars' 20. Six plays later, Danny
Wimprine threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Avery to make it
14-0 with 6:46 left in the first.
Wimprine hit 13-of-25 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns
and DeAngelo Williams had his sixth straight 100-yard rushing day
as Memphis (4-3, 1-2 Conference USA) ended a two-game losing
"It's a game of mistakes," said Williams, who had 20 carries
for 120 yards and two touchdowns. "Whoever makes the most mistakes
Wimprine added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Mario Pratcher and a
55-yard TD to Avery for a 28-0 first-quarter lead.
Houston (5-2, 2-1) managed two first downs the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Williams ran 21 yards for a
touchdown, and Stephen Gostowski's 33-yard field goal made it 38-0
Brandon Middleton, who extended his streak to 34 straight games
with at least one reception, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from
Kevin Kolb in the fourth quarter for Houston.