2007 New Orleans Bowl History & More
Memphis QB Martin Hankins
Memphis QB Martin Hankins
Posted Dec 17, 2007

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Memphis (7-5) vs. Florida Atlantic (7-5)

Dec. 21, 8 p.m. ESPN2

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New Orleans Bowl History
2006 Troy 41, Rice 17
2005 Southern Miss 31, Arkansas St 19
2004 Southern Miss 31, North Texas 10
2003 Memphis 27, North Texas 17
2002 North Texas 24, Cincinnati 19
2001 Colorado St 45, North Tex. 20

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Tiger Bowl Moment: Since Memphis’ bowl dossier consists of just four games, one of which was the 1971 Pasadena Bowl, the nod would have to go to the 2003 New Orleans Bowl triumph over North Texas.  The Tigers snapped a 32-year bowl drought that December by beating the perennial Sun Belt champs, 27-17. 
Best Owl Bowl Moment: In 1999, the Board of Regents at Florida Atlantic approved of adding football at the university.  A mere eight years later, the Owls are playing in their first bowl game, a monumental step in the evolution of the program under head coach Howard Schnellenberger.

Florida Atlantic's best win ...
Florida Atlantic 38 ... Troy 32
Florida Atlantic won the Sun Belt title and a trip to the New Orleans Bowl by forcing three turnovers and getting two second half touchdown passes from Rusty Smith. DiIvory Edgecomb started out the scoring with a one-yard run, and Willie Rose ran for a 41 yard touchdown, but Troy kept the pressure on with four Greg Whibbs field goals in the first half and two Omar Haugabook touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. The Trojans pulled within six on a 14-yard Gerald Tate catch with 4:25 to play, and then held as Troy got to the Owl 30 in the final minute before sputtering out.
Player of the game: Florida Atlantic QB Rusty Smith completed 23 of 34 passes or 291 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Florida Atlantic - Passing: Rusty Smith, 23-34, 291 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Charles Pierre, 19-60, 1 TD. Receiving: Cortez Gent, 8-155, 1 TD
Troy - Passing: Omar Haugabook, 35-47, 265 yds, 2 TD
Omar Haugabook, 23-86. Receiving: Gary Banks, 8-75

Florida Atlantic's worst loss ... UL Monroe 33 ... Florida Atlantic 30 3OT
Calvin Dawson ran for a 31-yard touchdown in the third overtime to answer Warley Leroy's third field goal of the game. The Owls forced overtime with a rally from ten down in the final seven minutes, getting a 36-yard Leroy field goal and with just over a minute to play, a one-yard Charles Pierre touchdown run. Neither team could get on the board in the first overtime and the two traded field goals in the second. The two teams traded scores all game long with Kinsmon Lancaster throwing for two ULM scores and FAU getting two short scoring runs and a one-yard touchdown pass from Rusty Smith.
Player of the game: UL Monroe RB Calvin Dawson ran 26 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and caught five passes for 26 yards
Stat Leaders: UL Monroe - Passing: Kinsmon Lancaster, 22-35, 182 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Calvin Dawson, 26-114, 2 TD. Receiving: Kenneth Zacharie, 6-69, 1 TD
Florida Atlantic - Passing: Rusty Smith, 35-54, 317 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Charles Pierre, 17-73, 1 TD. Receiving: Cortez Gent, 11-142

Memphis' best win ...
Memphis 29 ... Southern Miss 26
Martin Hankins connected with Carlos Singleton on a 52-yard touchdown pass with 1:04 to play, after getting the Tigers close with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Earnest Williams with 4:21 to play, to pull off the shocker. Southern Miss got two Justin Estes field goals and an 82-yard Brandon Sumrall interception return for a touchdown in the second half, but couldn't hold on late with the Tigers holding on to the ball for 12:32 in the fourth. Hankins finished with four touchdown passes, but Memphis only ran for 26 yards.
Player of the game: Memphis QB Martin Hankins completed 35 of 48 passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns and two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Memphis - Passing: Martin Hankins, 35-48, 396 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Joseph Doss, 13-13. Receiving: Duke Calhoun, 8-124, 1 TD
Southern Miss - Passing: Jeremy Young, 11-17, 123 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Damion Fletcher, 21-97, 1 TD. Receiving: Torris Magee, 4-76, 1 TD

Memphis' worst loss ...
Middle Tennessee 21 ... Memphis 7
DeMarco McNair ran for touchdowns from 55 yards and one yard, and Dwight Dasher tore off a 61-yard scoring run as Middle Tennessee ran for 260 yards in the win. Memphis managed a 19-yard Duke Calhoun touchdown catch late in the first quarter, but couldn't get the offense going from there, finishing with only 248 yards.
Player of the game: Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher completed 16 of 26 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and ran 19 times for 180 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Middle Tennessee - Passing: Dwight Dasher, 16-26, 230 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dwight Dasher, 19-180, 1 TD. Receiving: Desmond Gee, 4-41
Memphis - Passing: Will Hudgens, 13-35, 134 yds, 1 TD
T.J. Pitts, 14-49. Receiving: Duke Calhoun, 4-51, 1 TD

2006 New Orleans Bowl
Troy 41 ... Rice 17

Troy dominated from the start with a 21 point first quarter thanks to to of Omar Haugabook's four touchdown passes and a two-yard scoring run. Haugabook connected with Gary Banks on a three-yard strike off an interception, and answered a Rice touchdown drive with a 56-yard scoring pass to Mykeal Terry. A seven-yard pass to Andrew Davis in the third and a five-yard pass to Toris Rutledge in the fourth put the game away. The Owls managed two Joel Armstrong touchdown passes including a late one-yard throw to Jarett Dillard keeping alive a streak of 15 straight games with a scoring grab. Armstrong threw five interceptions, with two picked off by Elbert Mack, who was playing with a heavy heart after losing his father earlier in the week.
Player of the game ... Troy QB Omar Haugabook completed 14 of 28 passes for 217 yards with four touchdowns and an interception and ran 14 times for 92 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Troy - Passing: Omar Haugabook, 14-28, 217 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Omar Haugabook, 14-92, 1 TD  Receiving: Mykeal Terry, 2-96 1 TD
Rice - Passing: Joel Armstrong, 35-54, 305 yds, 2 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: Joel Armstrong, 16-35  Receiving:
Jarett Dillard, 9-71, 1 TD

Memphis Bowl History (4-1)
2005 Motor City Memphis 38, Akron 31
2004 GMAC Bowling Green 52, Memphis 35
2003 New Orleans Memphis 27, North Texas 17


1971 Pasadena Memphis State 28, San Jose State 9


1956 Burley Memphis State College 32, East Tennessee State 12
Florida Atlantic Bowl History  
This is FAU's first bowl