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Tulane tops Memphis 35-21

The Green Wave moved to 6-5 on the season with the win over Memphis, which was previously 6-2.
Credit: AP
Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt (7) keeps the ball during play with Memphis during an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (A.J. Sisco/The Advocate via AP)

Freshman quarterback Michael Pratt threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns, ran for two more and may have iced the Tulane’s 35-21 defeat of Memphis when he was hit while scrambling on what was ruled a targeting penalty. 

Tulane moved to 6-5 on the season and in position for a bowl berth. Memphis fell to 6-3. 

"Big win for us," said head coach Willie Fritz. "This has been a tough, tough season. Who thought we'd get to play 11 games this season?"

"There's been some ups and downs this year. I wish our record was better."

That gave Tulane a first-and-goal at the 9. Cam Carroll zig-zagged into the end zone on the next play and Tulane was up two touchdowns late against a Memphis team with five comeback victories this season.  

Calvin Austin caught five passes for 110 yards for Memphis, his sixth 100-yard game in the last seven.