No. 25 Memphis gets comeback win against Houston

No. 25 Memphis came back from a 17-point deficit to win at Houston on Thursday night, topping the Cougars 42-38.

The win for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 AAC) keeps them in the hunt for a NY6 game if they can keep winning, but may need to win in the AAC title game as well, likely against South Florida.

Memphis, of course, lost to UCF three weeks ago, a team that the Tigers could face again in the title game.

Coming into the matchup with Houston (4-3, 2-2), Memphis was a slight underdog, but a flurry of points — all 42 points — in the second half, and Riley Ferguson throwing the winning TD with less than 2-minutes to play was key to the upset.

“We battled, we knew it would be 60 minutes,” said Memphis head coach Mike Norvell said.

Ferguson led the Tigers with 471 passing yards.

 

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Week 8 Top 10 (plus 1)

There was a bit of a shake-up in the rankings this week as San Diego State was clobbered at home by Boise State, a team that looked like it may be headed for a losing season. With the SDSU loss, that opens a big-time opportunity for teams in the American Athletic Conference as South Florida and Central Florida both remain undefeated.

Here is this week’s rankings:

  1. UCF (5-0) — Sure they are ranked lower than USF, but schedule thus far is slightly better. Golden Knights take on Navy this weekend.
  2. USF (6-0) — A road trip to Tulane doesn’t seem like much of a challenge.
  3. Boise State (4-2) — A tough schedule so far (ranked No. 54) and a win over No. 19 San Diego State was huge.
  4. San Diego State (6-1) — There is still a lot to play for this year for the Aztecs as they may have the last laugh in the Mountain West title game against Boise.
  5. Memphis (5-1) — The Tigers are legit, or are they. We’ll find out Thursday night against Houston.
  6. Toledo (5-1) — The Rockets are flying under the radar for now.
  7. Navy (5-1) — The AAC is deep, but that may be a problem for many of these teams.
  8. Colorado State (5-2) — The Rams nearly lost at home to a not-so-good Nevada team. Their defense may be the downfall.
  9. Houston (4-2) — Thursday night against Memphis will be a big one for the Cougars as well.
  10. Western Michigan (4-3) — The Broncos will play cross-state rival Eastern Michigan this weekend. The winner will be the third best team in the state.
  11. SMU (4-2) — A win this weekend at Cincinnati gets them closer to a bowl game.