The Memphis football team pulled off a thrilling upset over Mississippi State. Here are three players deserving of the game ball.
The Memphis football team invited the Mississippi State Bulldogs to town in a Week 3 matchup that had everything a college football fan could want — lots of passing, electric special teams plays, and an underdog coming out with the victory.
The Memphis Tigers upset Mississippi State 31-29, improving to 3-0 on the season and giving the Group of 5 team a signature win on the season. Mississippi State falls to 2-1 on the season, with a big game against SEC West foe LSU coming up on Sept. 25.
With that, let’s take a look at three Memphis football players that are worthy of receiving the game ball after a season-defining win against their SEC neighbors.
3. Memphis football Head Coach Ryan Silverfield deserves the game ball
Ryan Silverfield, who took over the Memphis football program after Mike Norvell departed for Florida State, got his first big win as the head coach of Memphis.
Silverfield made some gutsy calls late in the game that resulted in massive payoffs. One call, in particular, occurred in the fourth quarter when the Tigers used some misdirection to pick up a huge first down.
Freshman QB Seth Henigan walked a few steps away from his usual shotgun position, appearing to seek clarity on the play call made by Silverfield and his offensive coordinator. While doing so, sophomore running back Brandon Thomas lined up in shotgun, snapped the ball and picked up an important first down that helped Memphis score late in the game.