2008 Memphis Tigers football team

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2008 Memphis Tigers football
Memphis Tigers Wordmark.jpg
Conference Conference USA East
2008 record 6–7 (4–4 Conference USA)
Head coach Tommy West
Offensive coordinator Clay Helton
Offensive scheme Spread offense
Defensive coordinator Tim Walton
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,008)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
East Carolina x   6 2         9 5  
Memphis   4 4         6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4         7 6  
UAB   3 5         4 8  
UCF   3 5         4 8  
Marshall   3 5         4 8  
West
Tulsa xy   7 1         11 3  
Rice x   7 1         10 3  
Houston   6 2         8 5  
UTEP   4 4         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         2 10  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: East Carolina 27, Tulsa 24
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Memphis Tigers football team represented the University of Memphis in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Memphis competed as a member of the Conference USA. The team was led by head coach Tommy West. The Tigers played their home games at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 6–6 record, which was enough to attain bowl eligibility. Memphis accepted a bid to play against South Florida in the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Tigers lost, 41–14.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM at Mississippi* Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS L 41–24   56,127
September 6 7:00 PM Rice Liberty BowlMemphis, TN CBSCS L 42–35   28,351
September 13 6:00 PM at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CSS L 17–16   27,349
September 20 7:00 PM Nicholls State* Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN W 31–10   22,167
September 27 1:00 PM Arkansas State* Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN (Paint Bucket Bowl) W 29–17   26,376
October 2 7:00 PM at UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL CBSCS W 33–30   19,901
October 10 7:00 PM Louisville* Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN ESPN L 35–28   40,248
October 18 11:00 AM at East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC CSS L 30–10   41,216
October 25 7:00 PM Southern Miss Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN CBSCS W 36–30   24,034
November 8 2:00 PM at SMU Gerald Ford StadiumUniversity Park, TX W 31–26   18,224
November 22 1:00 PM Central Florida Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN L 28–21   18,836
November 29 2:30 PM Tulane Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN CSS W 45–6   15,012
December 20 3:30 PM vs. South Florida* Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL (St. Petersburg Bowl) ESPN2 L 41–14   25,205
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 7 3 0 14 24
Ole Miss 14 13 7 7 41

Recap: Ole Miss tops Memphis to give Nutt win in debut

Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rice 3 0 10 29 42
Memphis 0 14 7 14 35

Recap: Rice 42, Memphis 35

Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 0 3 10 3 16
Marshall 7 3 7 0 17

Recap: Memphis 16, Marshall 17

Nicholls State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Nicholls State 0 10 0 0 10
Memphis 3 7 7 14 31

Recap: Nicholls State 10, Memphis 31

Arkansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas St. 0 17 0 0 17
Memphis 13 3 3 10 29

Recap: Memphis 29, Arkansas St. 17

Alabama-Birmingham[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 0 20 7 6 33
UAB 10 6 7 7 30

Recap: Memphis 33, UAB 30

Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisville 0 28 0 7 35
Memphis 7 7 14 0 28

Recap: Louisville's offense lags, so special teams and defense pick up slack vs. Memphis

East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 7 3 0 0 10
ECU 0 7 13 10 30

Recap: Memphis 10, East Carolina 30

Southern Mississippi[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Southern Mississippi 0 10 7 13 30
Memphis 14 6 3 13 36

Recap: Steele (178 yards, 2 TDs) keys Memphis past Southern Miss

Southern Methodist[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 14 0 7 10 31
SMU 7 6 7 6 26

Recap: Memphis 31, SMU 26

Central Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCF 14 7 7 0 28
Memphis 7 0 7 7 21

Recap: UCF 28, Memphis 21

Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 0 0 6 0 6
Memphis 14 14 10 7 45

Recap: Memphis 45, Tulane 6

South Florida (St. Petersburg Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 7 7 0 0 14
South Florida 14 10 10 7 41

Recap: Grothe throws for 236 yards, three TDs as South Florida dominates Memphis

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