Published September 02, 2012
| Sports Network
Martin, TN – Cody Sandlin kicked a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift UT Martin to a 20-17 victory over FBS member Memphis in a weather-delayed season opener for both teams Saturday night.
"He made it when it counted," UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said.
The game was delayed 2 hours, 40 minutes in the third quarter by lightning and inclement weather at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
It appeared headed to overtime until UT Martin's Nate Rotero recovered Keiwone Malone's fumbled punt return on the Memphis 27-yard line with 17 seconds left in the game.
After a Tevin Barksdale 1-yard run and two timeouts, Sandlin connected on the game-winning field goal to ruin Justin Fuente's coaching debut with the Tigers, who tied the game 17-17 on Jacob Karam's 20-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Rucker with 52 seconds remaining.
UT Martin quarterback Derek Carr passed for 211 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Quentin Sims in the second quarter. D.J. McNeil scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter.
UT Martin (1-0) is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.