College Football
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Houston at Memphis
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, October 7, 2022
Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis will look to build on a four-game winning streak when it hosts stumbling Houston on Friday in an American Athletic Conference matchup.

With a win Friday, the Tigers (4-1, 2-0 AAC) can remain at the top of the conference standings and all but doom Houston's chances for a repeat appearance in the league championship game.

Memphis heads into Friday's game on the heels of a 24-3 win at home over Temple. The Tigers shrugged off a ragged first half in which they were held scoreless for the first time since 2017 and rolled to the victory.

"We're doing enough to win games. It doesn't mean that we're even close to where we need to be," Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said Sunday. "Everything that we're doing has to get fixed and improved upon quickly because we know we can't go out there and play like we did (against Temple)."

The Cougars head to Memphis on the heels of a 27-24 overtime loss at home to Tulane on Sept. 30. Houston has played three overtime games this season, a program record, and has dropped two of them.

Houston (2-3, 0-1 AAC) scored 14 straight points in the fourth quarter before Tulane produced a tying TD with 39 seconds left in regulation. The Cougars opted to take the ball first in overtime and kicked a field goal, but Tulane had the final say via a game-winning touchdown pass on its possession.

Prior to the season, Houston was picked to win the AAC in a media poll, edging Cincinnati. Linebacker Donavan Mutin was candid when asked about the Cougars' struggle to close out games and what needs to be done to turn around the situation.

"(Our opponents) make more plays to win than we do," Mutin said. "From the head of the snake to the tail of the snake, we need alignment. It needs to be coherent. The message needs to be clear. We're going to have a chance to do that or not and our season will be the ramifications of whatever we do."

Quarterback Clayton Tune threw for 208 yards and two scores in the loss, in which he became just the fourth player in Houston history to amass 10,000 career total yards.

Houston has won 16 of its 30 games against the Tigers in the all-time series. The teams have split the 16 contests played in Memphis.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Houston 2-3 L1 31.0 34.0 1-2 1-1 1-0 1-2 0-1
Memphis 4-1 W4 34.4 26.2 3-0 1-1 0-1 0-0 2-0
Last Meeting
Houston Memphis
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/19/21 MEM 13 HOU 31 462 198 264 322 106 216
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Houston C. Tune 60.6 264 1 2
Memphis S. Henigan 46.7 208 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Houston T. Henry 13 73 5.6 1
Memphis R. Clark 12 32 2.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Houston N. Dell 7 100 14.3 1
Memphis C. Austin III 5 103 20.6 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Houston N. Dell 1
Memphis A. Martin 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Houston C. Tune 65.2 1201 9 3
Memphis S. Henigan 63.3 1276 9 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Houston B. Campbell 55 243 4.4 3
Memphis B. Thomas 53 212 4.0 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Houston N. Dell 33 453 13.7 5
Memphis G. Rogers 17 231 13.6 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Houston N. Dell 5
Memphis B. Thomas 6
Quickchart Matchup
Houston Houston Off vs  Memphis Memphis Def
Houston 391.4 yards
Memphis 400.2 yards
Houston 4 yards/rush
Memphis 3.2 yards/rush
Houston 7.5 yards/attempt
Memphis 8 yards/attempt
Memphis Memphis Off vs  Houston Houston Def
Memphis 402.4 yards
Houston 409.2 yards
Memphis 4 yards/rush
Houston 4.1 yards/rush
Memphis 7.6 yards/attempt
Houston 7.1 yards/attempt