Memphis Football’s 2nd 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 2nd Most Embarrassing Loss Ever

September 10, 2011
Arkansas State 47, Memphis 3
ASU Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

While the Larry Porter era has seen its fair share of blowout losses, this one game has become the signature moment of embarrassment for the program, triggering outrage from local media, Jerry “The King” Lawler and fans alike. While Memphis holds the lead in this local rivalry (28-22-5), this recent blowout featured the largest margin of victory by Arkansas State in the history of the series. Arkansas State dominated the game from start to finish. The Red Wolves had over 600 yards of total offense thanks to quarterback Ryan Aplin’s 274 yards and three-touchdown performance. Memphis could only muster 169 total yards and one field goal. If you look up embarrassment in the dictionary “losing by 44 points to a Sun Belt Conference team led by a former Memphis high school coach who you could have hired the year before” might be the definition.

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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