Tigers still looking for improvement after huge win - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tigers still looking for improvement after huge win

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The Memphis Tigers season opener brought a Liberty Bowl-record crowd of nearly 42,000.

The crowd reflects the progress made on the field for the Tigers and the excitement fans have for the upcoming season.

If Saturday's game is any indication, it could be a fun season for Tigers fans.

Memphis put up 519 yards of total offense and Jarvis cooper and Doroland Dorceus ran for two touchdowns each to help lead the Tigers to a 63-7 win over Missouri State.

The Tigers ran for 317 yards to the Bears' 18, with Cooper gaining 102 on 18 carries.

Mose Frazier added 89 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. 

The Tigers extended their winning streak to eight games dating back to last season.

Coming into the game, Missouri State was a mystery with a new coach and a new system, but the Tigers figured them out easily. Now, they said, the focus is continuing to improve.

"The score to me is secondary. It's about how you play," said head coach Justin Fuente. "Obviously, you're happy to win the game. You want to win the football game, but I was interested in measuring how well we played across the board. I felt like, score aside, we left some of that out there."

"We have to stay humble, keep working hard," said Roderick Procter, who had a punt return touchdown. "Just actually forget about the game, forget about this victory. It's already in the past."

Next week, Memphis will have a chance to get coach Fuente's first victory over a Power 5 conference opponent.

They play Kansas on the road. Kansas, however, is coming off a loss to FCS school South Dakota State on Saturday.

Regardless, a win could show that Memphis can hang with a Big 12 team, and they have a big chance to do that Saturday.

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