Record setting performances against Troy
Finally! A sigh of relief was probably felt by several Arkansas State fans and a couple of players when a 60 year old school record was broken by Senior wide out Taylor Stockemer. Stockemer, tied the record last week of John Koldus for career touchdowns, this week the big deep threat for the Red Wolves captured the record for himself. "It's great to get the record," a smiling Stockemer said after the game. "It makes it sweeter that we won the game. If we hadn't got the win, the record wouldn't have meant as much." It appears that the tall and talented pass catcher wasn't feeling his best for the game against Troy, but didn't keep him from giving his best effort. "No sir I'm not feeling very good," Stockemer told the media. "I'm not sure if it's a stomach virus or not, just not feeling good at all." Stockemer also became just the third player in ASU history to record over 2,000 career receiving yards. He finished the game at Troy with 6 catches for 117 yards giving him 2, 116 yards for his career. Stockemer was very pleased with the turnout of the game. "It's a big win for us," Stockemer explained. "We are one step closer to winning our second conference championship. That's what I'm most proud of now." Arkansas State will now have a bye week off before returning to action against a Middle Tennessee team that is currently a half a game back from the Red Wolves in the Sun Belt standings. Stockemer wasn't the only one having a record breaking night. Stockemer's quarterback and close friend Ryan Aplin broke a few records of his own. Aplin become the second player in Sun Belt history to record over 10,000 passing yards and broke the league record for career passing yards. He finished the game with 369 yards, giving him 10,307 for his career to move past FAU's Rusty Smith who has held the record since 2009 with 10,112 yards. Aplin also threw a career high four touchdown passes Saturday night, giving him 20 this season and 63 for his career. His 20 touchdown passes are the second most in school history for a single season. The four touchdown passes tonight, also tied the second most in school history for a single game and the most by a Sun Belt player this year. He has now posted at least one touchdown pass in 35 of his last 39 ballgames, including the last six in a row. Aplin also finished the game with 454 yards of total offense, breaking his old school record of 442 that he set in 2010 against Louisiana Lafayette. It was only fitting that the two friends and offensive counterparts added another chapter of their careers and senior season in such fashion. Both young men would be quick to tell you that they couldn't or wouldn't accomplished those records without each other.