Detroit, MI - Dec. 26, 2005
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Jim Donnan With a long time to prepare for bowl games, coaches often try different tactics. Memphis didn't get the ball to DeAngelo Williams enough early, but once the Tigers turned to their bread-and-butter guy, the impressive senior took over the game. As Akron found out, it is usually feast or famine when facing a risk-taking Joe Lee Dunn defense. The Zips' adjustment to dump-off passes worked, but it was too late to catch the Tigers. -- Jim Donnan

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DeAngelo Williams
Williams has run for 40 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Making Motor City Music
Beset by injuries all year, Memphis finally has a reason to feel good about the 2005 season. DeAngelo Williams ran for 233 yards and three TDs -- breaking the NCAA record for most career 100-yard games in the process -- as the Tigers held off a late charge by Akron to win the Motor City Bowl 38-31. Story | Highlights ESPN Motion
It was over when…

Memphis recovered Akron's onside kick attempt with less than a minute to go and the Tigers clinging to a 7-point lead.

Gameball goes to…

DeAngelo Williams. Williams finished off a brilliant career with an historic performance. The Arkansas native carried the ball 30 times for 233 yards and 3 TDs. In the process, he passed Tony Dorsett and Archie Griffin for the most 100-yard games in NCAA history with 34.

Stat of the game…

34, Williams' record-breaking number.



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