8:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004
Liberty Bowl, MEMPHIS, TN
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 the night.
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 against Houston.
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-19||4-12|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||0-1|
|TD||7:45||JOHN DOUCETTE 9 YD PASS FROM DANNY WIMPRINE (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 7 yards.
|FG||4:19||STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||12:05||TYRUS WARD 13 YD PASS FROM CEDRIC STEVENS (JONATHAN GODFREY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||6:31||DEANGELO WILLIAMS 3 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||10:22||DEANGELO WILLIAMS 21 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||7:25||ALONZO NIX 16 YD PASS FROM CEDRIC STEVENS (JONATHAN GODFREY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||5:38||DEANGELO WILLIAMS 8 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||3:26||DEANGELO WILLIAMS 68 YD PASS FROM DANNY WIMPRINE (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||2:05||JAMARCUS GAITHER 37 YD PASS FROM BOBBY ROBISON (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 37 yards.
|TD||14:23||TAVARIOUS DAVIS 15 YD PASS FROM BOBBY ROBISON (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 14 yards.
|TD||0:25||ALONZO NIX 8 YD PASS FROM ANTONIO MILLER (JONATHAN GODFREY KICK)|
Drive info: 20 plays, 96 yards.