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 5th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
October 4, 1969
Tennessee 55, Memphis 16
Memphis Memorial Stadium
When asked what the turning point of the game was, Tigers head coach Spook Murphy said, “I guess the turning point was when the referee blew the opening whistle.” Indeed it was, as the Vols dominated the Tigers all game making this contest one of the program’s five biggest home losses ever by margin of points. Memphis forced five turnovers and still managed to find a way to get absolutely hammered from start to finish. However, what really makes this defeat so embarrassing is the fact that Tennessee played their second string players for almost the entire second half.
Memphis Football’s 5th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
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Memphis Football’s 9th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
Memphis Football’s 10th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever