MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tulane learned Saturday there is more to
the Memphis offense than DeAngelo Williams and Danny Wimprine,
although the Tiger stalwarts did their part.
While Williams had 132 yards and two touchdowns, Darron White
and Tavares Gideon each added a pair of scoring receptions as
Memphis rode a 21-point third quarter to a 49-24 win over Tulane.
"A lot of guys got the ball, and a lot of guys contributed,"
said Wimprine, who completed passes to nine receivers. "It was a
pretty productive day."
Williams, who has rushed for at least 100 yards in 15 of the
last 16 games, scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards. White opened the
scoring with a 60-yard punt return and added an 8-yard scoring
reception from Wimprine. Gideon's touchdowns came on passes of 38
and 16 yards, the final one thrown by reserve quarterback Bobby
Robison. Gideon dragged a defender the last few yards into the end
"He's a big guy with a big frame," Wimprine said. "He was
moving some bodies down there. ... Once he got it and started
dragging people, I knew he was going to get in."
The combination of Lester Ricard to Roydell Williams accounted
for all three Green Wave touchdowns on scoring passes of 37, 13,
and 19 yards. Williams had six catches for 114 yards for Tulane
The Memphis offense racked up 483 yards with a balanced attack
of 257 yards rushing and 226 through the air. Wimprine was 19-of-24
for 166 yards.
"I thought we were able to contain their run pretty good,"
said Tulane coach Chris Scelfo. "We let them gash us in the second
half. We didn't respond to adversity from that standpoint."
Meanwhile, the Tiger defense held Tulane to 90 yards on the
The Tigers led 21-10 at the half, but it was far from dominant.
Tulane receivers consistently got behind the Memphis defense, but
Ricard, who completed 10 of 22 passes in the half, could not
"I thought our receivers did a good job of getting down the
field, in the first half especially," Scelfo said. " We just
missed them. Sometimes you roll sevens, and we didn't a few
Ricard did find Williams from 37 yards early in the second
period for the Green Wave's only touchdown of the half. Nick
Beucher added a 46-yard field goal for Tulane's other score, the
Wave's first field goal of the season.
Tulane also got its first interception of the year, by
linebacker Anthony Cannon in the first quarter.
The Tigers had a 7-0 lead before the offense ever took the field
on White's punt return for the opening score.
"I told them when I got to the sideline that it was a long time
coming," White said of the first scoring punt return for Memphis
since 1994. "Since I started (returning punts), that's all I was
trying to do was break one."
Memphis relied on its normal offensive strengths, the running of
Williams and passing of Wimprine, but the roles were somewhat
reversed for two Tiger touchdowns. Williams lined up at quarterback
as Wimprine went in motion, and the ball was centered directly to
Williams, who scored on both plays.
Memphis' 5-1 record is its best start since 1967, and an
improvement over last year when the Tigers were 3-3 after six games
but still made their first bowl trip in more than 30 years.
"I feel good about where we are as a football team," Memphis
coach Tommy West said. "...We are kind of a quiet, sneaky 5-1, and
that is pretty darn good. We have come a long way."
Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.
An officiating error led to an Oklahoma State touchdown Saturday in the Cowboys' 36-34 win over Kansas State.
Texas A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who was ejected for targeting midway in the second quarter of Saturday's game, took to Twitter late in the game, retweeting a tweet that questioned the call.
As if things weren't going bad enough at Texas, the Longhorns appear to have players on Twitter during lopsided losses and jabs at their coach accidentally being sent from other nearby teams.