Broncos Run Over So. Miss;
Indians Rally Past Tigers
by Mike Mitchell
September 27, 2007
Boise State had little resistance from Southern Miss in winning its 39th consecutive regular season home game, and Arkansas State rallied from 25 points down to defeat Memphis in a pair of non-conference Thursday night games.
Boise State's 38-16 romp was far more lopsided than the final score, or stats, indicate. Southern Miss had three points and a fumble on its first four possessions while Boise State scored touchdowns on its first two drives. The Broncos opened up a 28-3 lead in the second quarter, but the Golden Eagles managed to climb back to within 28-16 in the third. However, they would get no closer. Boise State out-gained Southern Miss 506-317 for the night.
Arkansas State and Memphis were originally scheduled to play on September 8th, but that game was postponed due to heavy storms and lightning. The Indians managed to survive another storm Thursday night when Memphis struck like lightning in the first half and racked up a 31-6 lead. The second half was an entirely different story.
In less than fifteen minutes, Arkansas State struck for 29 unanswered points to wipe out the 25-point deficit. The rally began with an 89-yard punt return with 8:15 to play in the third quarter. Three touchdown passes followed and the Indians had their first lead with 7:52 left to go in the game. The Tigers drove to the ASU 30-yard line on the ensuing possession but turned the ball over on downs and Arkansas State held on for a 35-31 win.
Since winning the 2005 Motor City Bowl, Memphis has managed just one victory in its last 14 games against bowl subdivision teams.