Memphis Football’s No. 1 Most Embarrassing Loss Ever

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of MemphiSport.

The University of Memphis has been playing football for almost one hundred years. In that time, the Tigers have given fans some great moments to celebrate and many more terrible moments to shake their heads at in disgust.  After coming off a 1-11 campaign in 2010 and starting this season with multiple blowout losses, it has become almost impossible for Tiger football fans to not be embarrassed. This isn’t the first time Memphis fans have wanted to cover their heads with brown paper sacks and it won’t be the last. To compare where Tiger football’s current situation stacks up historically, MemphiSport has assembled the list of the 10 Most Embarrassing Losses in Tiger football history.

Tiger Football’s Most Embarrassing Loss Ever

September 28, 1935
Ole Miss 92, Memphis 0
Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

Yes, that was the final score. The then Memphis Teachers lost by 92 points to the Rebels, making this game the largest margin of defeat in University of Memphis football history and the most points ever given up by Memphis to a single opponent. Ole Miss, led by head coach Ed Walker, scored often and whenever they wanted thanks to their innovative offense. The use of the lateral allowed the Rebels to gain 471 yards from scrimmage. The stingy Rebels D held Memphis scoreless and allowed Memphis to score only 11 yards from scrimmage. No matter what “era” this game was played in or what Memphis was known as at the time, no team is ever suppose to lose a football game by almost 100 points.

Memphis Football’s No. 1 Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 2nd Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 3rd Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 4th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 5th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 6th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 7th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 8th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 9th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 10th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever

List by MemphiSport, Descriptions by C.J. Hurt

 

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