Memphis Football’s 3rd 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 3rd Most Embarrassing Loss Ever

September 30, 1978
Texas A&M 58, Memphis 0
Kyle Field, College Station, TX

This 58-point beat down is the largest margin of defeat for Memphis in the modern era (after 1950). Memphis was in trouble from the very first play after Aggies tailback Curtis Dickey broke a big run for 65 yards and a touchdown. In fact, Dickey’s first four carriers went for 104 yards and he finished with 167 rushing yards on 11 carries. Memphis simply had no answer for the A&M wishbone as the Aggies gained a staggering 615 total yards. Texas A&M dominated the Tiger offense just as easily as they dominated the Tiger defense. Mempis could only muster one rushing yard and 52 yards thru the air. To make matters worse, this game was televised.

Memphis Football’s 3rd Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
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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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