It's safe to say that the Memphis Tigers has one of the more explosive offenses in college football and they may be the most underrated offense as well.
Scoring an average of 46 points per game so far, the Tigers came into this game trailing only Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech in points per game in college football. It's a stat that many don't know about but they flexed their offensive muscles on national television tonight.
The Tigers started off the scoring in the first quarter with a 58-yard bomb from quarterback Paxton Lynch to Tevin Jones. It helped spark a great game by Lynch who was struggling just before that throw. It was the big play that Memphis needed to get going and Tulsa needed a response and they got one.
Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans found Keyarris Garrett wide open for a 36-yard score to tie up the game, suddenly making a game out of it.
But Memphis responded with a score of their own when Lynch found Anthony Miller for another long touchdown to give Memphis the lead again, as the first quarter ended with the Tigers up by seven.
Tulsa countered with another score as Ramadi Warren, who grew up in Memphis, punched it in from six yards out to tie the game at 14. Memphis quickly responded with a rushing touchdown of their own as Jamarius Henderson ran it in for the Tigers.
Then Lynch found Henderson a few minutes later for another touchdown and suddenly it was 28-14 Memphis. They showed their explosive with back-to-back big plays from Lynch to Henderson. It was Lynch's third touchdown pass of the half.
The Tiger defense came up with a huge play as Evans threw a pick to Chris Morley and Memphis took advantage of that with another touchdown as Doroland Dorceus punched it in for Memphis as it pushed the lead to 35-14.
Tulsa ended the half with a bang in the final seconds as Evans escaped pressure and heaved a ball to the endzone. The ball was tipped at the goal line by two Tigers and Keyarris Garrett was there to grab the ball and stretched over the goal line for the amazing Hail Mary play to cut the lead to 35-21.
Memphis came out in the second half and responded with a score to push the lead to 42-21 but Tulsa wasn't done yet. Evans found Garrett again for the third touchdown hookup of the game. Then an 80-yard catch and run from Evans to Josh Atkinson who broke a tackle and hit the burners for the big score. It cut the lead to 42-35 and the pressure was on Memphis to respond.
The Tigers responded with a rushing touchdown by Lynch who showed his ability to run as well as pass. Jake Elliott later tacked on a 30-yard field goal to give Memphis the 52-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Memphis essentially executed the kill shot at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Lynch found Tevin Jones for the five-yard score, bringing the score to 59-35 in favor of Memphis.
Rowdy Simon scored from four yards out for Tulsa to cut the lead to 17, but Memphis again responded with another rushing touchdown and it turned out to be the final score of the game.
It was a nervy first three quarters for Memphis but they did enough to beat out Tulsa.