MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeAngelo Williams rushed for 136 yards and
matched a school record with four touchdowns Saturday night to lead
Memphis to a 52-21 victory over Chattanooga.
Williams scored on runs of 3, 21 and 8 yards before closing his
night with a 68-yard scoring pass from Danny Wimprine as the Tigers
(2-0) built a 38-14 lead before sitting the starters the rest of
Williams passed 100 yards rushing for the 12th straight game. He
also was the Tigers' leading receiver with 87 yards. His four
touchdowns matched the school record set by Dante Brown in 2001
The Mocs (0-1) had little answer when Williams and the Tiger
offense started clicking in the third quarter. Chattanooga had cut
the Memphis lead to 24-14 when Alonzo Nix caught a 16-yard
touchdown pass from Cedric Stevens with 7:25 left in the third.
But over the next six plays, the Tigers scored three touchdowns,
including Williams' 8-yard run and long touchdown reception.
On the first play for the second-stringers, reserve quarterback
Bobby Robison connected with Jamarcus Gaither for a 37-yard
touchdown, Gaither's first college catch.
Robison's 15-yard pass to Tavarious Davis early in the fourth
quarter ended the scoring for the Tigers.
Memphis gained 496 yards in total offense. Wimprine finished
9-of-21 for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Memphis led 17-7 after a sloppy first half in which the Tigers
had five penalties for 51 yards. Stevens accounted for 119 yards
passing before the break, the bright spot for the Chattanooga
offense, which managed only 17 yards rushing.
Chattanooga's touchdown in the first half came on a 13-yard pass
from Stevens to Tyrus Ward early in the second quarter.
A Moc mistake led to the Tigers' opening touchdown, a 9-yard
pass from Wimprine to tight end John Doucette set up by a fumbled
punt the Tigers recovered at the Chattanooga 7.
Stephen Gostkowski added a 26-yard field goal to the round out
the Tigers' first half scoring.