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Ferguson, Taylor rally No. 25 Memphis past Houston, 42-38

HOUSTON (AP) Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis.

The Tigers kept their focus and finished with a victory.

Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and had a 21-yard TD pass with 1:28 left, Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and Memphis rallied to beat Houston 42-38 on Thursday night.

''Offensively, to go from being shutout in the first half, not playing our best ball, a lot of mistakes, everything that could probably go wrong in the first half did,'' Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. ''But, I came into the locker room and there was something about their eyes. No panic. They came out and absolutely responded.''

Ferguson was 33 of 53 and found Sean Dykes to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive that took 1:49 to give Memphis (6-1, 3-1 American) its only lead.

''We said we had to stay focused,'' Ferguson said. ''We knew we would be able to score as long as we didn't hurt ourselves. We knew we had to regain our focus and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.''

Anthony Miller caught 10 passes for 178 yards, and Tony Pollard had nine catches for 91 yards. Memphis finished with 501 yards but only 30 rushing yards.

''It was just ground and pound,'' Taylor said about his four touchdown runs. ''It was taking advantage of every opportunity that they gave me when they gave me the ball.''

Houston (4-3, 2-2) was driving when Kyle Postma fumbled at the Memphis 49, with T.J. Carter recovering with a minute remaining. After Memphis punted, Postma's pass was intercepted by Carter with 24 seconds remaining to end the game.

''It came down to finishing and securing of the ball at the end of the game,'' Postma said.

Dillon Birden finished with 106 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and Duke Catalon rushed for 65 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as Houston built a 17-0 lead at the half and 31-14 advantage with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

''We have to play well in crunch time and to do that we have to understand our assignments and the situation and what's on the line,'' Houston coach Major Applewhite said.

The Cougars led 38-28 with 6:44 left after Postma found Steven Dunbar for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Taylor cut the lead to three with a 5-yard run with 5:14 left. After Memphis forced a Houston three-and-out, Ferguson capped the comeback.

''We talked today that our term is unwavering focus no matter what happens,'' Norvell said. ''We were in a hostile environment. There were emotional swings, momentum swings. We were trying to stay focused on doing our job because the next play could be make all the difference in the game, and our guys did that.''

Postma finished 29 of 40 for 315 yards, and Linell Bonner caught eight passes for 121 yards for Houston. The Cougars had 554 yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Memphis: The Tigers should remain ranked for another week and could rise in the rankings following the comeback win.

THE TAKEAWAY

Memphis: The Tigers were out of sync offensively and couldn't complete drives in the first half, going scoreless in the first half for the first time since 2012. Memphis made adjustments at the half and looked much sharper in all three phases in the second half to complete the comeback.

Houston: The Cougars proved again they are able to get up for big games against ranked foes, but were unable to play a complete game. After allowing 38 second half points last week against Tulsa, Houston allowed 42 points in the second half Thursday.

KEY NUMBERS

Memphis: Ferguson was 17 of 26 for 279 yards and a touchdown in the second half. The Tigers scored on their first six drives of the second half. The only drive they didn't score on was the final play following Carter's interception. Memphis committed two penalties for 10 yards.

Houston: Steven Dunbar caught eight passes for 52 yards, and D'Eriq King caught seven passes for 51 yards. Ed Oliver had six tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss, one sack and recovered a fumble. Houston was penalized eight times for 72 yards, leading to four Memphis first downs.

UP NEXT

Memphis: The Tigers host Tulane Oct. 27 in the second of three consecutive non-Saturday games.

Houston: Travels to No. 16 South Florida on Oct. 28 for a game that was originally scheduled for Nov. 4 but was moved up to accommodate other schedule changes in the American following Hurricane Irma.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:28
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
38
Touchdown 1:28
4-R.Ferguson complete to 5-S.Dykes. 5-S.Dykes runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
01:49
pos
41
38
Point After TD 5:14
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
38
Touchdown 5:14
6-P.Taylor runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
72
yds
01:25
pos
34
38
Point After TD 6:44
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
38
Touchdown 6:44
3-K.Postma complete to 88-S.Dunbar. 88-S.Dunbar runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
81
yds
04:16
pos
28
37
Point After TD 11:04
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
31
Touchdown 11:04
6-P.Taylor runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
77
yds
01:41
pos
27
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:30
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
31
Touchdown 0:30
6-P.Taylor runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
62
yds
00:59
pos
20
31
Point After TD 1:31
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
31
Touchdown 1:31
2-D.Catalon runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
100
yds
04:26
pos
14
30
Point After TD 5:57
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 5:57
42-C.Novikoff kicks 58 yards from HOU 35. 1-T.Pollard runs 93 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:14
pos
13
24
Point After TD 6:14
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 6:14
2-D.Catalon runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
80
yds
05:23
pos
7
23
Point After TD 11:42
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 11:42
6-P.Taylor runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
79
yds
02:30
pos
6
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:21
42-C.Novikoff 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
3
yds
00:40
pos
0
17
Point After TD 9:55
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 9:55
2-D.Catalon runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
94
yds
00:34
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:29
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 3:29
25-D.Birden runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
28
yds
01:16
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 28 25
Rushing 4 9
Passing 20 16
Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Conv 5-13 11-21
4th Down Conv 0-0 2-3
Total Net Yards 488 544
Total Plays 76 95
Avg Gain 6.4 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 30 239
Rush Attempts 23 54
Avg Rush Yards 1.3 4.4
Net Yards Passing 458 305
Comp. - Att. 33-53 29-41
Yards Per Pass 8.6 7.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 1-10
Penalties - Yards 2-10 8-72
Touchdowns 6 5
Rushing TDs 4 4
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 3 3
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 2-2
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 7-33.9 6-44.8
Return Yards 202 116
Punts - Returns 1-20 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 7-175 4-58
Int. - Returns 1-7 1-58
Kicking 6/7 6/6
Extra Points 6/6 5/5
Field Goals 0/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
24 Memphis 6-1 00212142
Houston 4-3 71014738
458 PASS YDS 305
30 RUSH YDS 239
488 TOTAL YDS 544
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Ferguson 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.3% 471 1 1 139.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.9% 2285 20 6 145.0
R. Ferguson 33/53 471 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Taylor Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 39 4
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 346 7
P. Taylor Jr. 14 39 4 11
D. Henderson 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 541 3
D. Henderson 4 -1 0 3
R. Ferguson 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 -15 1
R. Ferguson 4 -6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Miller 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 178 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 784 9
A. Miller 10 178 0 52
T. Pollard 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 91 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 291 2
T. Pollard 9 91 0 25
P. Mayhue 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 257 1
P. Mayhue 5 63 0 16
S. Dykes 5 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 41 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 127 2
S. Dykes 2 41 1 21
J. Magnifico 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 232 3
J. Magnifico 2 29 0 17
K. Jones 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 71 0
K. Jones 1 28 0 28
P. Taylor Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 108 1
P. Taylor Jr. 3 21 0 9
D. Coxie 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 113 1
D. Coxie 1 20 0 20
R. Proctor 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 25 0
R. Proctor 0 0 0 0
J. Williams 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 143 0
J. Williams 0 0 0 0
D. Henderson 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 83 1
D. Henderson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Carter 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 4 0.0
T. Carter 13-1 0.0 1
J. Cook 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
J. Cook 8-1 0.0 0
G. Avery 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
G. Avery 7-1 0.0 0
C. Akins 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
C. Akins 6-1 0.0 0
A. Hall 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
A. Hall 5-0 0.0 0
T. Windham 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
T. Windham 4-1 1.0 0
C. Johnson 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
C. Johnson 4-1 0.0 0
B. Huff 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
B. Huff 4-1 0.0 0
Jo. Perry 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
Jo. Perry 4-0 0.0 0
J. Dorceus 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Dorceus 4-1 0.0 0
J. Tate 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Tate 3-0 0.0 0
T. Hart 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
T. Hart 3-1 0.0 0
T. Lindsey 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Lindsey 2-1 0.0 0
O. Goodson 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
O. Goodson 2-2 0.0 0
L. Thomas 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
J. Francis 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Francis 1-1 0.0 0
E. Cooper 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
E. Cooper 1-1 0.0 0
J. Wilson 38 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Mashburn 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Mashburn 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Patterson 36 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
4/6 22/23
R. Patterson 0/1 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Smith 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 29.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 39.3 0
S. Smith 4 29.8 0 39
N. Jacobs 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 41.0 2
N. Jacobs 3 39.3 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Henderson 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 17.8 21 0
D. Henderson 2 18.5 21 0
J. Magnifico 86 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 5.5 7 0
J. Magnifico 2 3.5 7 0
T. Pollard 1 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 57.5 93 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 41.9 93 2
T. Pollard 2 57.5 93 0
J. Williams 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
J. Williams 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Williams 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 6.1 20 0
J. Williams 1 20.0 20 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Postma 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.5% 315 1 1 141.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.3% 1120 5 6 128.1
K. Postma 29/40 315 1 1
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 22 1 0 307.4
D. King 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Birden 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 106 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 333 4
D. Birden 21 106 1 40
D. Catalon 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 65 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
112 496 7
D. Catalon 22 65 3 16
K. Postma 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 200 1
K. Postma 8 49 0 28
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 46 1
D. King 3 19 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Bonner 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 121 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 465 3
L. Bonner 8 121 0 24
S. Dunbar 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 514 1
S. Dunbar 8 52 1 11
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 264 2
D. King 7 51 0 19
C. Lark 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 69 0
C. Lark 1 38 0 38
D. Catalon 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 77 1
D. Catalon 2 28 0 31
D. Birden 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 65 0
D. Birden 1 13 0 13
J. Leday 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 138 1
J. Leday 2 12 0 11
K. Corbin 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 152 0
K. Corbin 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Hines 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
D. Hines 8-1 0.0 0
T. Williams 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 3 0.0
T. Williams 6-0 0.0 0
A. Robinson 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
A. Robinson 5-0 0.0 0
E. Oliver 10 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
E. Oliver 4-1 1.0 0
A. Myres 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Myres 4-1 0.0 0
I. Johnson 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
I. Johnson 3-0 0.0 0
R. Chevis 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Chevis 3-0 0.0 0
J. Winchester 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
J. Winchester 3-0 0.0 0
E. Egbule 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
E. Egbule 2-1 0.0 0
K. Williams 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
G. Davis 1 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 4 0.0
G. Davis 2-0 0.0 1
D. Anenih 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Anenih 1-0 1.0 0
N. Thurman 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
N. Thurman 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Novikoff 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
7/9 24/24
C. Novikoff 1/1 30 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Roy 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 40.1 2
D. Roy 6 44.8 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Leday 85 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 26.3 24 0
J. Leday 3 19.0 24 0
M. Tobola 86 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
M. Tobola 1 1.0 1 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MEMP 30 0:13 3 0 Punt
12:47 MEMP 10 2:29 9 52 Punt
8:25 MEMP 29 1:15 3 9 Punt
4:58 MEMP 13 0:03 2 15 Fumble
3:22 MEMP 29 2:22 6 32 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:48 MEMP 24 1:53 4 11 Punt
6:01 MEMP 40 1:26 3 7 Punt
2:43 MEMP 30 1:30 8 54 INT
0:15 MEMP 35 0:14 2 29 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 MEMP 36 2:30 9 64 TD
6:11 HOU 35 0:14 1 63 TD
1:29 MEMP 38 0:59 3 62 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 MEMP 36 1:41 11 64 TD
6:39 MEMP 23 1:25 6 77 TD
3:17 MEMP 20 1:49 8 59 TD
0:59 MEMP 47 0:12 3 -7 Punt
0:24 MEMP 41 0:00 1 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:35 HOU 32 1:38 3 9 Punt
10:12 HOU 6 1:39 4 21 Punt
6:56 HOU 23 1:52 5 27 Punt
4:45 MEMP 28 1:16 5 28 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:54 HOU 6 0:34 15 94 TD
7:49 MEMP 46 1:19 5 16 Downs
4:27 HOU 20 1:37 3 6 Punt
1:01 MEMP 16 0:40 3 3 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 0:41 3 3 Punt
11:37 HOU 20 5:23 13 80 TD
5:57 HOU 25 4:26 12 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:30 HOU 25 0:00 6 11 Fumble
11:00 HOU 19 4:16 13 81 TD
5:14 MEMP 35 1:42 4 0 Punt
1:25 HOU 32 0:17 2 21 Fumble
0:42 HOU 29 0:11 3 17 INT