MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Cody Sandlin kicks a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Tennessee-Martin a 20-17 win over Memphis in the season opener for both teams.
It looked like the game - which was delayed several hours by bad weather - was headed to overtime when Memphis' Keiwone Malone fumbled a punt. The Skyhawks recovered the miscue at the Tigers' 27-yard line with 17 seconds to play. Then Sandlin connected on the game-winner to ruin Justin Fuente's coaching debut with the Tigers.
Memphis had tied the game at 17 with 52 seconds to play when Jacob Karam connected with Marcus Rucker on a 20-yard TD pass.
Karam was 12 for 28 and threw for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers. Memphis' Jerell Rhodes added 106 rushing yards on 24 carries.
UT-Martin quarterback Derek Carr passed for 211 yards and finished 19-for-38 with a touchdown.
|MEMP||Jerrell Rhodes 3 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|TNMART||Quentin Sims 9 yd pass from Derek Carr (Cody Sandlin kick)|
|MEMP||Paulo Henriques 33 yd FG|
|TNMART||DJ McNeil 5 yd run (Cody Sandlin kick)|
|TNMART||Cody Sandlin 26 yd FG|
|MEMP||Marcus Rucker 20 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|TNMART||Cody Sandlin 43 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||2-13||8-17|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||2-3|
|Kick Return Yds||0||52|
|Punt Return Yds||0||-3|
|Time of Poss.||30:54||29:6|
|TNMART: Jason McNair 15-82, Tevin Barksdale 11-50, DJ McNeil 10-42, Derek Carr 2-7|
|MEMP: Jerrell Rhodes 24-106, Jacob Karam 10-52, Jaquise Cook 9-40, Eric Mathews 1-4|
|TNMART: Derek Carr 19-38-211-2, James Satterfield 0-1-0-0|
|MEMP: Jacob Karam 12-28-157-0|
|TNMART: Quentin Sims 8-70, Dylan Davis 4-62, Jason McNair 4-35, Tevin Barksdale 2-29, Ben Everett 1-15|
|MEMP: Kevin Wright 4-29, Marcus Rucker 3-45, Keiwone Malone 2-33, Alan Cross 1-36, Jaquise Cook 1-10, Jerrell Rhodes 1-4|