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 7th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
November 4, 2004
Louisville 56, Memphis 49
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
This Thursday night game had it all: It was the last time these two teams would meet as members of Conference USA, over 1,202 yards of total offense combined, and ten lead changes. The two teams gave up a combined total of 15 big plays. The game culminated in a heartbreaking one-yard touchdown run by Louisville’s Eric Shelton with 37 seconds left to give the Cardinals a one-touchdown lead. The heartbreaking nature of this defeat is what makes this game so embarrassing. In the middle of what was supposed to be the Tiger football’s best season ever, the boys in blue and grey lost to one of their biggest rivals in the final seconds of a game. Add to it the fact that Louisville went on to win C-USA, something Memphis has still never done. Memphis went on to finish second in the conference right behind the Cardinals.
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