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 4th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Nov. 6, 1954
Ole Miss 51, Memphis 0
This game was the worst home loss by margin of victory in Memphis football history and it was ugly. Thanks to a strong passing attack led by quarterbacks Houston Patton, Eagle Day, and John Wallace Blalack, Ole Miss was able to dominate the offensive side of the ball. The Rebels gashed the Memphis defense for 517 total yards and scored at will on the hapless Tiger defense. Memphis only completed two passes for 14 yards and threw two more passes to players in Ole Miss uniforms. It’s too bad for Ole Miss that they can’t play every game against Memphis.
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