Nov 21, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks wide receiver Xavier Gipson (19) carries the ball against Memphis Tigers defensive back Tyrez Lindsey (22) during the first half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

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Memphis trounces Stephen F. Austin

Brady White threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, and Calvin Austin III finished with 173 yards receiving and returned a punt for a score as host Memphis pulled away to defeat FCS school Stephen F. Austin 56-14 on Saturday afternoon.

Kylan Watkins rushed for 100 yards and Marquavius Weaver added 94 for Memphis (5-2). Austin topped 100 yards receiving for the fifth straight game.

The Tigers led only 20-14 at halftime but scored twice late in third quarter to break it open. The first came on a 1-yard run by White, with Austin tossing a two-point conversion pass after an end-around to bump the lead to 14 with 2:55 left in the third.

After the Lumberjacks (6-4) went three-and-out, Austin brought a short punt back 64 yards, and Riley Patterson’s extra point made it 35-14.

Stephen F. Austin, from the Southland Conference, saw its conference slate wiped out but concluded its makeshift season at 6-4. The Lumberjacks lost to all four FBS schools they played.

Trae Self threw for 124 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted twice for the Lumberjacks, who managed only 224 total yards to 574 for Memphis.

Trailing 20-7 with only 72 yards of total offense, the Lumberjacks put together a nine-play, 65-yard drive late in the second quarter. Self hit Xavier Gipson for a 7-yard touchdown to trim the deficit to six.

Stephen F. Austin’s previous score came when Randle Brevin picked off a pass from White in the first minute of the second quarter and took it 30 yards to pull within 14-7 of Memphis.

The Tigers had opened the game with touchdowns on their first two possessions, first going 75 yards on 11 plays and cashing in on Rodrigues Clark’s 4-yard run.

Then, after Memphis got the ball back on its own 42-yard line thanks to Rodney Owens’ interception, the Tigers needed only four plays to score, when White and Tahj Washington hooked up for a 48-yard touchdown.

The Tigers were inside the Lumberjacks’ 10-yard line on their next two possessions, but settled for Patterson field goals of 39 and 23 yards.

Asa Martin, Weaver, and Tim Taylor rushed for fourth-quarter touchdowns for Memphis. Gipson finished with 74 yards receiving for Stephen F. Austin.

The Tigers return to American Athletic Conference competition next week at Navy. They are 3-2 in the AAC.

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