TU: Keyarris Garrett Sets AAC Receiving Yards Record In Loss To Memphis
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa took a tough 66-42 loss to 18th ranked Memphis in its homecoming game Friday night. But, all wasn’t lost; the Golden Hurricane’s leading receiver Keyarris Garrett set a new receiving yards record in the American Athletic Conference.
The Tigers took an early 7-0 lead when Paxton Lynch connected with Tevin Jones for a 58-yard touchdown.
Before the score, Tulsa's defense looked decent but it also looked like they were going to have a lot of trouble with the speed on Memphis' offense. With a talented QB like Lynch and his experienced targets, the Golden Hurricane couldn't afford to make any mistakes.
TU's offense got the break it needed when Dane Evans found his main man Keyarris Garrett near the end zone resulting in a 7-7 ball game.
After the score, Garrett signaled up to injured teammate Keevan Lucas who was in the press box supporting his team.
The Tigers lost the next possession when Craig Suits recovered a fumble at Memphis' 42 to give Tulsa an opportunity to take the lead. The Golden Hurricane failed to score and gave Memphis a chance to redeem itself.
Lynch soon found Anthony Miller with 2:55 left in the first for a 45-yard reception, advancing the Tigers lead 14-7. Lynch looked good, completing 10-of-10 passes after going 0-for-3.
Freshman Chad President stepped up big for Tulsa at the beginning of quarter two, making gains that led to a score from Ramadi Warren.
Memphis hit a hot streak, dominating the red zone, advancing its lead 35-14 with just under a minute before the half.
With many thinking the Tigers' last score would be the final before intermission, Evans launched a Hail Mary to Garrett for his second TD of the half. This cut TU's deficit 35-21. Remember when that same exact thing happened when Tulsa played OU? It was like Déjà vu.
Here's what was going right:
-TU's defense didn't make a lot of mistakes, and the offense continued to fight and put points on the board despite one cold streak.
Here's what was going wrong:
-Tulsa couldn't stop lynch and his targets, nor slow down the run game.
Keyarris stayed hot opening the third quarter, catching his third touchdown of the night chipping the Tigers' lead 42-28. At this point, he had eight catches and 183 yards on the night.
Josh Atkinson got Tulsa back in the game when he caught an 80-yard TD reception, setting the score at 42-35.
With TU now all hyped up and excited, Memphis calmed things down with another score to give them a 14-point cushion.
That cushion kept extending until Memphis wrapped the game with a 66-42 victory.