Scores

Final

Nicholls State 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Memphis 31

(1-3, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 0 10 0 010
MEM 3 7 7 1431

Top Performers

Passing: A. Hall (MEM) - 173 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Jones (MEM) - 11 CAR, 57 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Calhoun (MEM) - 5 REC, 50 YDS, 1 TD

Memphis 31, Nicholls St. 10

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Arkelon Hall ran for one touchdown and threw for 173 yards and another score to lead Memphis a 31-10 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday night.

The Tigers (1-3) used a balanced attack, but got their highest production of the season on the ground, rushing for 276 yards. Curtis Steele lead Memphis with 109 yards on 20 carries and Charlie Jones added 57 yards and scoring runs of 11 and 2 yards.

It was the opener for the Colonels (0-1), whose first two games were canceled because of Hurricane Gustav.

Memphis held the Colonels to 164 yards and turned a pair of fumbles into touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Colonels managed only 29 yards in the second half.

The teams were tied at 10 at the half, highlighted by Nicholls State's Ladarius Webb's 70-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt.

Kyle Hughes busted through the line and blocked the 32-yard attempt by the Tigers' Matt Reagan, and Webb's return gave the Colonels a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Memphis rushed for 153 yards in the first half.

Ross Schexnayder's 19-yard field goal with just more than remaining before halftime pulled the Colonels even.

Nicholls State stayed on the ground in the half, running its option offense, but was held to 135 yards, 104 of them on the ground.

The Colonels' only completion of the half came on a 31-yarder in the closing seconds.

But Nicholls State failed to capitalize as quarterback Vincent Montgomery fumbled on the next play.

Hall added a 2-yard touchdown and a 10-yard pass to Duke Calhoun in the second half for the Tigers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
MEM
1st Downs831
Total Yards164449
Passing47173
Rushing117276
Penalties3-242-20
3rd Down Conversions0-79-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers30
Possession21:5238:08

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Montgomery1/4317.800
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hall16/301735.810

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Watson4379.3018
Robinson33411.3018
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steele201095.5011
Jones11575.2211

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson13131.0031
Gordon11616.0016
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Calhoun55010.0112
Singleton34013.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHMEM
FG04:38Matt Reagan 24 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERNICHMEM
TD12:02Ladarius Webb 70 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 73
TD08:47Charlie Jones 11 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 710
FG01:09Ross Schexnayder 19 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERNICHMEM
TD08:49Duke Calhoun 10 Yd Pass From Arkelon Hall (Matt Reagan Kick) 1017
FOURTH QUARTERNICHMEM
TD08:16Arkelon Hall 2 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 1024
TD04:48Charlie Jones 2 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 1031