Memphis 17, Mississippi 16
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Joe Borich threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Roskelly with four seconds left and Memphis beat Mississippi 17-16 on Saturday, the Tigers’ first victory in Oxford in a rivalry dating back 73 years.
Memphis (6-3) came into the game with the nation’s top-ranked defense. But after giving up a season-high 287 yards, it was the offense that came up with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Borich had completed just 7-of-24 passes for 55 yards before the winning touchdown, which was set up by a penalty. After Memphis failed for the 11th time to convert on third down, Mississippi (3-6) was penalized for taunting.
Eight plays later, Borich converted on fourth-and-15, hitting Frank Fletcher with an 18-yard pass. His next pass bounced off the chest of open receiver Joel Peschke near the end zone. After a second failed pass and a rush, he connected with Roskelly.
Memphis, with 197 yards of offense, had trailed most of the game after taking a 5-3 first quarter lead on a safety and a Luis Tejeda 52-yard field goal. The field goal match the school record set in 1985 by Don Glosson.
Fletcher, who rushed for 94 yards, scored on a 5-yard run with about five minutes left to pull Memphis within five.
Memphis gives up 215.8 yards a game and hadn’t allowed more than the 263 that Arkansas gained earlier.
Mississippi’s Dou Innocent accounted for 107 of Mississippi’s 287 yards on 25 carries. It was his fourth straight 100-yard game.
Mississippi, held to 50 yards offense in the first quarter, drove the ball 67 yards in the second quarter before settling for a 24-yard Tim Montz field goal, one of his three on the day.
On their next drive and 53 yards out, Josh Nelson connected with wide-open Roell Preston, who plunged into the end zone.
Nelson, who was 10-of-21 for 166 yards, attempted three passes in the second half. Two were intercepted, the other was incomplete.