HOUSTON (AP) -- It didn't take long for Memphis to take advantage
of Houston mistakes.
Will Hyden returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown
3:50 into the game, starting a 28-point first quarter in the
Tigers' 45-14 victory Saturday.
"That lit it," said Memphis coach Tommy West. "One team
needed something to kind of spark them and we got the one that
sparked us. That was really big."
Houston coach Art Briles took the blame for his play-calling.
"I made a bad call on a middle screen," he said. "I knew it
was a risky call and at that stage of the game, I should not have
made it. I knew better.
On Houston's next possession, Jackie Battle fumbled and Derrick
Ballard recovered at the Cougars' 20. Six plays later, Danny
Wimprine threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Avery to make it
14-0 with 6:46 left in the first.
Wimprine hit 13-of-25 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns
and DeAngelo Williams had his sixth straight 100-yard rushing day
as Memphis (4-3, 1-2 Conference USA) ended a two-game losing
"It's a game of mistakes," said Williams, who had 20 carries
for 120 yards and two touchdowns. "Whoever makes the most mistakes
Wimprine added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Mario Pratcher and a
55-yard TD to Avery for a 28-0 first-quarter lead.
Houston (5-2, 2-1) managed two first downs the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Williams ran 21 yards for a
touchdown, and Stephen Gostowski's 33-yard field goal made it 38-0
A UCLA football player was suspended indefinitely Friday after he was arrested on suspicion of rape.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
The University of Wisconsin agreed to a 10-year deal with Under Armour on Friday worth a total of $96 million in cash and the retail value of products received.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.