The Rebels scored 17 in the fourth quarter and pulled away from Memphis much like they did Boise State on opening night.
And much like Week 1 there was a sloppiness to the game that the Rebels had not exhibited in recent weeks and that will hurt them the rest of the year save for Presbyterian.
The turnovers and penalties will be what many remember from this game, but there were a few bright spots.
Memphis was averaging 242 yards rushing including 164 against UCLA. It had 31 yards on 23 carries tonight. The Rebels showed a dominance with their front seven that had been erratic in the two big wins.
Here’s defensive coordinator Dave Wommack:
Denzel Nkemdiche had a big night with six tackles and two tackles for loss. He talks about his night here:
The Rebels also ran the ball better with 178 on the ground and 4.2 per carry.
Laquon Treadwell got involved with some explosive plays that he hadn’t had the last two weeks.
Freeze said it was a matter of taking what Memphis was giving, and the Tigers were not able to cover Treadwell — 5 catches, 123 yards, two scores — in single coverage.
Here’s Hugh Freeze:
That strategy by Memphis on Treadwell may be a result of how well the other receivers have played this season. Speaking of, Cody Core had five catches for 41 yards, Vince Sanders three for 36 and Evan Engram three for 22.
Bo Wallace went into the game as the NCAA leader in completion percent at 75.5. He was only 22-for-37 tonight with two touchdowns to Treadwell and two interceptions … plus a fumble.
More tomorrow in Day After Observations.