Tenn-Martin 20 at Memphis 17

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UT-Martin beats Memphis 20-17 on late field goal
Sunday, Sep 2, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Cody Sandlin kicks a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Tennessee-Martin a 20-17 win over Memphis in the season opener for both teams.

It looked like the game—which was delayed several hours by bad weather— was headed to overtime when Memphis’ Keiwone Malone fumbled a punt. The Skyhawks recovered the miscue at the Tigers’ 27-yard line with 17 seconds to play. Then Sandlin connected on the game-winner to ruin Justin Fuente’s coaching debut with the Tigers.

Memphis had tied the game at 17 with 52 seconds to play when Jacob Karam connected with Marcus Rucker on a 20-yard TD pass.

Karam was 12 for 28 and threw for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers. Memphis’ Jerell Rhodes added 106 rushing yards on 24 carries.

UT-Martin quarterback Derek Carr passed for 211 yards and finished 19-for-38 with a touchdown.

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