Tigers defense implodes in loss to Tulsa - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tigers defense implodes in loss to Tulsa

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For the second week in a row, the Memphis Tigers defense was torched by a conference foe.

A 59-30 loss to Tulsa drops Memphis to .500 in American Conference play after a 2-0 start.

Offense was hardly a problem as a shootout broke out early at the Liberty Bowl. Quarterback Riley Ferguson passed for 349 yards on just 19 completions with three scores.

Memphis turned the ball over four times, however, and the Golden Hurricane took advantage.

Tulsa runningback James Flanders toted the ball 33 times for 249 yards and an incredible five touchdowns.

Tulsa was able to move the ball effectively through the air and on the ground for a 596 yard day with one lone turnover.

Memphis traded blows throughout the game, with a 35-30 score in the middle of the 3rd quarter, but Tulsa poured on 24 unanswered points to wrap the game up and embarrass the Memphis defense at home.

The Tigers will have many questions to answer after surrendering 42 and 59 points in consecutive weeks.

Conference play continues next week as Memphis travels to SMU to take on the 4-4 Mustangs.

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