The Blazers (4-7, 3-4) jumped out to a 17-3 lead with 10:24 remaining in the second quarter thanks to a 52-yard touchdown pass from Ellis to Jeffrey Anderson, a 1-yard scoring run by Shed and a 25-yard field goal by Josh Zahn.
Ellis connected with Shed on a 54-yard touchdown pass 1:53 before halftime to extend UAB's lead to 24-6.
Paulo Henriques kicked field goals of 44, 43 and 36 yards for Memphis. The 36-yarder, which came with 20 seconds left in the second quarter, pulled the Tigers (1-10, 0-7) within 15 points, 24-9, at halftime.
Ellis hit Patrick Hearn for a 72-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.
Memphis has now lost 10 games in consecutive seasons and three times since 2006.
Former Blinn College coach Brad Franchione describes Panthers star Cam Newton's transformation from playing at the junior college in 2009 to playing in Super Bowl 50.
North Carolina inked the No. 34-ranked recruiting class in the 2016 cycle with one ESPN 300 (Tomon Fox) and four more four-stars. The class of 2017 is well on the way to besting the 2016 class with four ESPN Jr300 verbals less than one week after signing day with the most recent being in state receiver Ryan Jones Friday.
Oregon running back Thomas Tyner has decided to take a medical retirement after sitting out all of last season because of a shoulder injury.
It hasn't been an easy road at USC for Pat Haden, the former Trojans quarterback turned athletic director, but at 63, he's earned the right to relax.
Readers want to know about all "downer" material, Iowa cutting ties with Stanford and an inherent southern bias in recruiting rankings.
What did we learn from the Big 12 conference sessions this week? Jake Trotter sorts it out in this edition of the mailbag.