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Memphis defeats UCLA, 48-45

Riley Ferguson's sixth touchdown is the difference as Tigers win high-scoring affair in Memphis, Tenn.

UCLA's Rip Scherer returns to his Tennessee stomping grounds

UCLA tight ends coach and former Memphis coach Rip Scherer returns to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday. (UCLA Athletics / YouTube)
UCLA tight ends coach and former Memphis coach Rip Scherer returns to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday. (UCLA Athletics / YouTube)

A reminder comes every time he’s asked for his personal email address.

Fans flooding the field. The goalposts coming down. His father wrapping him in a warm embrace on national television.

Would Rip Scherer be willing to give you his email address? Sure he would. It’s Ripper2117.

Scherer presided over a 21-17 victory over Peyton Manning and then-No. 6 Tennessee in November 1996 that might represent the biggest upset in Memphis football history. He’ll return to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday as the tight ends coach for UCLA, 17 years after he was fired for failing to sustain the promise of that electric evening against the Volunteers.

“Nervous isn’t the right word,” Scherer said when asked to describe the anticipation of walking onto the field. “It’s just a little different feeling.”

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