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 9th Most Embarrassing Loss Ever
October 26, 2004
Cincinnati 49, Memphis 10
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati OH
This game was supposed to be a blowout, but it was supposed to be Memphis that was running up the score not Cincinnati. To make matters worse, this game was the last time the two schools would meet as conference rivals. The Bearcats limped into this game after a terrible loss against Army. Memphis on the other hand was in the middle of one of their most successful seasons ever, riding high with a 5-1 record and one of the most potent offenses in the nation (ranked 8th in total offense, 5th in scoring, and 10th in passing). A stingy defense lead the way for the Bearcats as they were able to hold standout tailback DeAngelo Williams to just 57 yards on 16 carries and no touchdowns. The Tigers managed only two first downs in the first half and went an astonishing 1 for 12 on third down conversions. Cincinnati’s offense looked unstoppable gaining 420 total yards.
List by MemphiSport, Descriptions by C.J. Hurt