Nov. 18, 2005
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
The Tiger Football team will leave for Jackson, Miss., today where they will stay the night before traveling to Hattiesburg for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Tigers are having to lodge in Jackson because hotels in Hattiesburg are still booked from recent hurricanes.
The game will be broadcast by CSTV with Tom Hart and Bill Burke providing the commentary.
As announced on Thursday afternoon, Memphis will be without starting right guard Andy Smith who tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at practice on Wednesday. Smith will miss the remainder of the season.
Saturday's game will be the 56th overall meeting between Memphis and USM on the gridiron. Southern Miss leads the all-time series 36-18-1.The Golden Eagles have dominated the series of late, winning nine of the last 11 games. The Tigers, however, won last year's meeting 30-26 in a thrilling contest in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Southern Miss' last victory in the series was a 23-6 win in Hattiesburg in the 2003 campaign.
Southern Miss holds a commanding 18-2 series lead in games played in Hattiesburg. The Tigers' two wins in Hattiesburg came in the 1984 (23-13) and 1960 (7-6) seasons.
Memphis and Southern Miss have played every season since 1952, with the exception of the 1980 campaign. Since the two programs began play in Conference USA, the Golden Eagles hold a 7-2 series lead. Under head coach Tommy West, Memphis is 2-2 versus Southern Miss.
Did You Know?: Memphis head coach Tommy West's first Conference USA victory came against Southern Miss in the 2001 campaign. The Tigers defeated the Golden Eagles 22-17 on Oct. 6, 2001.
The Longest Series: When Memphis faces Southern Miss Saturday, the series will remain the longest in Tiger football history. The Tigers and Golden Eagles have met 55 previous times, making Saturday's game matchup No. 56.
The Memphis-Southern Miss series just edges out the Tiger-Rebel Mid-South rivalry. The Memphis-Ole Miss series is at 55 games (Rebels lead 43-10-2), including the meeting earlier this year. Memphis has played its other local rival, Arkansas State, a total of 52 times.
On This Date: The Tigers have a 5-1-1 record when they have played on Nov. 19 since World War II. The last time Memphis played on Nov. 19 was the 1994 campaign when it lost 30-6 on the road at East Carolina.
The Tigers' biggest win on this date was a 28-9 victory over Vanderbilt in the 1988 season. That contest was the season finale for Memphis, which closed 1988 with a 6-5 record.
The Tigers will close out the regular season next weekend at home against Marshall. Sixteen Tiger seniors will be honored prior to the game, which is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
Coach Tommy West takes his squad to Hattiesburg looking for a win over the Golden Eagles.