By the numbers: Tigers and Governors

The University of Memphis, its football coach Larry Porter says, is playing a bad brand of football right now. Good thing for the Tigers, then, that they run into Division I-AA (FCS) team Austin Peay this Saturday at the Liberty Bowl.

The University of Memphis, its football coach Larry Porter says, is playing a bad brand of football right now. Good thing for the Tigers, then, that they run into Division I-AA (FCS) team Austin Peay this Saturday at the Liberty Bowl.

Two games in for the U of M, two lopsided losses. The team gave up over 600 yards to Mississippi State and Arkansas State and has managed just 17 points so far this season.

The Governors, who haven't played since a 72-10 loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 3, will likely serve as the Tigers' first win of the season on Saturday.

Until then, here's a statistical breakdown of both teams on both offense and defense in their last games.

First downs
Memphis: 13
Austin Peay: 16

Total yards
Memphis: 169
Austin Peay: 277

Passing yards
Memphis: 87
Austin Peay: 150

Rushing yards
Memphis: 82
Austin Peay: 127

Turnovers
Memphis: 1
Austin Peay: 5

Yards allowed
Memphis: 611
Austin Peay: 561

Rushing yards allowed
Memphis: 236
Austin Peay: 387

Passing yards allowed
Memphis: 375
Austin Peay: 174

The number that's most striking is that, in a 62-point drubbing, Austin Peay still gave up less yardage than Memphis. Although the Tigers are likely going to earn their first victory of the season against the Governors, the most crucial thing to monitor will be the progression of the defense.

There wasn't much from Week One to Week Two. If things aren't corrected soon, this could be an even longer season than Tiger fans hoped for.


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