Mettenberger shines in relief, but Express drop to 0-3

Mettenberger shines in relief, but Express drop to 0-3
Memphis Express head coach Mike Singletary

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A new face under center couldn't get the Memphis Express into the win column.

After Christian Hackenberg threw two interceptions in the first half Saturday, he was benched for former LSU and Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Mettenberger sparked new life into the Express offense.

With his team down 9-0, he tossed a 30-yard heave to the endzone for the first passing touchdown in team history.

But the Memphis defense, which has held strong for most of the season, faltered in the second half, giving up two touchdowns.

Mettenberger would throw another touchdown--a dime on 3rd and 19 to bring the game close in the 4th quarter.

Overall, Mettenberger completed 9 of 12 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

But it wouldn't be enough despite the inspiring performance.

Orlando came away with the 21-17 win as Memphis fell to 0-3.

Head coach Mike Singletary has not named Mettenberger the starter moving forward, but has praise for the QB after the game.

"Zach came in and did a great job pushing the ball down the field," Singletary said. "We protected him pretty well. I certainly thought Zach gave us a chance to win. I thought he played his heart out."

Singletary said he’ll make a quarterback decision after watching film and practice this week.

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