Paint Bucket Bowl Memories

When Arkansas State and Memphis meet, more often than not, the results are memorable. Not always GOOD memories but certainly memorable. Some great upsets by ASU but the Tigers have had their share of games derailing a favored ASU team A few highlights and lowlights.

1975. Arkansas State playing it's first season of Division I football comes into Memphis. Bill Davidson and the Indians and take an easy 29-10 victory as part of the unbeaten, untied, and uninvited season.

1982. Memphis comes in on the longest losing streak in the nation, Arkansas State playing its first year of I-AA football is trying to clinch back to back winning seasons and falls 12-0 prompting Tiger fans to tear down the goal posts.

1986. Starting QB Dewayne Brown was out for ASU. No problem. Back-up Mark Robbins rips Memphis for a 30-10 win.

1987. Fifth down. Well sort of. Memphis trying to punch in at the goal runs a play and makes a small gain. Officials rule inadvertent whistle but mark the ball at the end of the run. Game ends in a 21-21 tie.

1989. Trailing 13-3 in the rain, Arkansas State rallies for a 17-13 win.

1990. A bit of trivia, Al Kincaid's debut marks the last time a new ASU football coach didn't lose his first game as ASU ties the Tigers at 24. ASU would end up losing 17 of the remaining 21 games of the Kincaid era.

1992. The Ray Perkins season. ASU lost by 30 in a game most remembered for a bench clearing brawl. A-State loses 37-7.

2000. Trailing the Tigers 16-3 going into the fourth quarter at Indian Stadium, ASU scores two TD's to take a 17-16 lead but loses on a late field goal 19-17.

2004. ASU scores on its first possession against #25 Memphis and leads until 2:22 was left in the fourth. The Tigers scored 21 points in 2 minutes to take a 47-35 win but the poll voters had already given up and they drop from the poll.

2006. ASU led most of the game again, but a furious Memphis rally seemed to yet again leave the Indians short against the Tigers, until... Leonard rolling left looking to buy some time....

2007. Delayed by a lightning storm to a different date, the last meeting of Indians and Tigers took place at the still Indian Stadium and the Indians appeared to be delayed arriving. Trailing 24-6 Memphis appeared to put ASU away with an 88 yard fumble return to make it a 25 point lead at 31-6 going into halftime. ASU's first possession of the second half did nothing to make anyone think the night would be anything but a disaster. Forcing Memphis to punt, the Tigers after a nice kick had an ineligible player downfield and they were forced to kick again. Kevin Jones took it 89 yards for a TD to get ASU in the game. After 15:23 ticked off the clock ASU held a 35-31 lead and held on to win.

2008. An eagerly awaited trip to Memphis after beating Texas A&M, trashing Texas Southern, losing a heart-breaker to Southern Miss and defeating Middle Tennessee fairly easily the 3-1 Red Wolves met the 1-3 Tigers. An ugly frustrating 29-17 loss. Memphis would win four more times and go to a bowl and ASU would win three more and be left on the outside looking in at 6-6.

2011. Domination. Arkansas State had two turnovers to Memphis' one turnover and the Red Wolves were out-penalized 104-35 but that was it for positive stats for Memphis as Arkansas State out-gained the Tigers 611-169 and won 47-3. Ryan Aplin, Andre Smith, and Dwayne Frampton all threw touchdown passes. Fanof49's photo below sums up how the game went.

2012. Gus Malzahn's first home game as an FBS head coach. Arkansas State would out-gain the Tigers 619 yards to 293 but Memphis scored a TD on the opening possession and would hold the lead until David Oku scored from a yard out with 6:31 left in the game. The Memphis offense found the end zone only one more time but the Tiger special teams tacked on another 14 points with a blocked punt for a TD and recovered a muffed punt for a TD. Malzahn would gain his first win as a college coach.