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 6th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
November 14, 1998
Southern Miss 45. Memphis 3
M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg MS
Any loss in the aptly named “Black and Blue” game is devastating, but this one is especially difficult because it holds the distinction as the most lopsided loss in this historic rivalry and the eighth worse road loss by margin of victory in Tiger football history.
Southern Miss dominated this rivalry coming into the game, winning 11 of the previous 13 contests. Quarterback Lee Roberts came into this contest having broken the Golden Eagle’s single season touchdown mark (a record previously held by Favre) a week prior. Roberts added two more touchdowns to his total during this shellacking. Memphis could only muster 149 total yards and was held to just 51 total passing yards. Thankfully for Tiger fans, Southern Miss let up some towards the end of the game, otherwise they might have put up 70 points on the board.
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