The Memphis Tigers were sent packing back to the land of the Memphis blues after the Red Wolves of Arkansas State handed them their biggest defeat in the history of the Memphis/Arkansas State matchup 47-3.
Arkansas State offense was clicking on all cylinders as they won by a whopping 44 points in a 47-3 victory over Memphis. The point margin hasn't been that big since 1915 when Arkansas State won 41-0.
A-State put up 611 yards in tonight's game, the 7th most all-time.The Red Wolves played a fairly even game of rushing and passing, with 375 passing yards and 213 rushing yards.
The Red Wolves had 28 first downs and were 8 for 13 on third-down conversions, and were 6 of 6 in red-zone chances and scores. Head Coach Hugh Freeze was proud of his players for bouncing back after a disappointing performance at Illinois a week ago.
"I was nervous all week about how our kids would respond to the way I treated them this week, but I'm thrilled to see that they bought into our challenges this week for them to expect more out of themselves," Freeze said.
Coach credited the Red Wolves success to finding good match-ups and executing against them.
"We took advantage of our match-ups and that's what football is about, finding great match-ups and being able to isolate them, and I think our coaching staff did a great job of that. I'm proud to see our offense click like that," Freeze said.
One of those match-ups that was isolated was wide receiver Josh Jarboe, named the Regions player of the game, and perhaps executing the play of the game on a 71-yard reception for a touchdown — on what A-State QB Ryan Aplin says is referred to as "the touchdown play."
"It's one of the plays we work on in practice — we call it the touchdown play — the line did a good job giving me a pocket and I stepped up, and I almost took off running then I saw Jarboe come across the middle," Aplin said.
Jarboe said he was just "taking the chances that were given to him."
Four different players had over 100 yards of offense tonight: Aplin and Andre Smith both passed for over 100 (Aplin over 200), Frankie Jackson rushed for over 100, and Jarboe had over 100 in receiving yards. Dwayne Frampton wasn't too short of 100 either, with 75 yards. Aplin credited good coaching and the O-line with a large part of tonight's success.
"Coach had a good game plan this week, the line did an unbelievable job opening up holes for Frankie, they gave me time — I had a couple of bad throws, the interception, we started off a little slow, but hats off to them making everything happen tonight," Aplin said.
The notoriously fast-paced offense that Hugh Freeze runs was without a doubt clicking as he would hope, and Freeze said it was when the offense started moving faster that they had success tonight. He called their pace "somewhat of an equalizer."
"Like coach always preaches, we want to get 70-80 plays a game and we did that tonight, and it shows the tempo of the offense we have," Aplin said.
NOTABLE PLAYER STATS:
PASSING: *Ryan Aplin: 19 completions on 21 attempts, 1 interception. 274 yards. 3 TD's. *Andre Smith: 10 completions on 12 attempts, 1 TD. 101 yards.
RECEIVING: *Josh Jarboe: 7 catches for 162 yards and 2 TD's. Longest reception: 71 yards. *Dwayne Frampton: 6 catches for 75 yards and 1 TD. Longest reception: 19 yards.
RUSHING: *Frankie Jackson: 10 carries for 101 yards and 1 TD. Longest run: 48 yards. Avg: 10.1 *Sirgregory Thornton:7 carries for 68 yards. Longest run: 40 yards. Avg: 9.6