Memphis and Southern Miss have met 61 times, which is the most games against an opponent in school history. The Memphis-Ole Miss series runs a close second at 59 games. Southern Miss is also the only team that Memphis has played twice in one season. USM won both meetings during the 1964 season. The first game was played on Oct. 10 in Memphis and the second game was played at a neutral site at Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 21.
950th game in program history
This weekend's game at Southern Miss will mark the 950th game in school history since the program's inception in 1912. Memphis has an all-time record of 437-479-33.
Porter Versus The Golden Eagles
Although Saturday's Southern Miss game is only Larry Porter's second as a head coach against the Golden Eagles, he has a history as player in the "Black & Blue" rivalry. In his four years wearing the Blue and Gray from 1990-93, Porter's Tigers faced Southern Miss each season. The teams split the four games (2-2), with each rival protecting its home turf (Tigers 2-0 at the Liberty Bowl; Golden Eagles 2-0 at "The Rock").
First Time Since...
Usually, when teams have a rivalry like Memphis and Southern Miss do, they play on college football's final weekend of the regular season. That, however, has not been the case for the Tigers and Golden Eagles. Since 1971, the longtime rivals have met in the regular season finale only three times, with the last one coming in the 1997 campaign. The other two times Memphis closed the regular season versus Southern Miss since 1971 were in the 1972 (14-14 tie) and 1976 (14-12 Southern Miss win) seasons.
On This Date
The Tigers have a 3-1-1 record when they play on Nov. 26 in the program's history. Memphis won its last three Nov. 26 contests, including a 26-3 victory over Marshall at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in 2005. One of the most memorable wins in Tigers football history came on Nov. 26. In the 1966 campaign, the Tigers faced No. 11 nationally-ranked Houston in Space City U.S.A., and Memphis came away with the 14-13 upset of the Cougars.
Takeaways Lead To National Rankings
The Tigers have logged 16 takeaways in the last six games, including a whopping six takeaways against Marshall (2 INT, 4 FR) and have now registered 27 takeaways through 11 games. Memphis logged 13 takeaways during all of the 2010 season. With four fumble recoveries against Marshall, Memphis now enters the final game of the season ranked tied for fourth nationally in that category, and improved to tied for ninth in turnovers gained. The Tigers are also in the Top 25 in turnover margin (6th), passes had intercepted (T16) and turnovers lost (T23).
Akeem Davis, who leads the team in fumble recoveries with four, is ranked tied for fourth nationally. He also ranks tied for 45th nationally in solo tackles with 54. Linebacker Terrence Thomas ranks fourth nationally in solo tackles with 70 after post eight solo stops versus Marshall last Thursday night.