HOUSTON — Down early against Houston, there was no panic on the Memphis sideline.
The Tigers remained poised because they knew they would respond.
Brady White threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score and No. 18 Memphis overcame a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat Houston 45-27 on Saturday.
“It’s the first quarter, so there’s a lot of football left to be played,” White said. “There was not one person who was down or frustrated. We knew what had to be done. We just came out the next series and responded. As long as we own the football and we execute the way we know how to, we know that we can’t be stopped.”
White completed 22 of 33 passes.
“Brady is one the best quarterbacks in the country,” Memphis coach Mike coach Mike Norvell said. “I believed in Brady throughout his time here in Memphis, and it’s great to see him play with the confidence and playing within himself.”
Kenneth Gainwell finished with 99 rushing yards on 17 carries for Memphis, which outgained Houston 531-256. The Tigers (9-1, 5-1 American) have won five in a row. Houston (3-7, 1-5) lost its third straight.
“I thought our guys did a great job with how we responded,” Norvell said. “It didn’t start off the way we necessarily wanted to. We missed some tackles. We gave up a couple big plays. I thought the guys settled down. Really, all three phases showed up and made some plays throughout.”