Red Wolves stay perfect in Sun Belt

Arkansas State's 24-19 victory at Louisiana-Monroe gives the Red Wolves their best record since 2008, when they were also 4-2, and a 2-0 start in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time since that same season.

Arkansas State's 24-19 victory at Louisiana-Monroe gives the Red Wolves their best record since 2008, when they were also 4-2, and a 2-0 start in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time since that same season.

The Red Wolves also won two consecutive road games for the first time since 2006. They've won three straight games overall for the first time since 2006.

For the first time in ASU history, they've have back-to-back road wins over SBC opponents.

With ASU trailing 13-10 late in the third quarter, junior nickel back Don Jones blocked a punt from ULM's Aaron Munoz and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Red Wolves a 17-13 lead and sparked a 14-0 run as senior receiver Dwayne Frampton caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ryan Aplin with 13:51 left in the game.

ULM scored another touchdown with 2:53 to go in the contest, trimming the lead to 24-19, and got the ball back with under a minute to go, but ASU's defense withstood the final drive.

The Red Wolves will now return to Jonesboro, where they will host Florida International in a nationally-televised Sun Belt Conference clash set for Oct. 18. Kickoff for the Tuesday night ESPN2 telecast is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

NOTES, QUOTES

The Red Wolves scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to take a 24-13 lead with 13:51 remaining, then held on as ULM scored with just under three minutes to play then threatened again with less than a minute to play.

Arkansas State was outgained 367 yards to 345. ASU was also called for 130 yards of penalties on 13 flags. Monroe had five penalties for 25 yards.

Defensively, the Red Wolves still haven't allowed a 100 yard rusher this season after holding Louisiana-Monroe to 69 net yards as a team. Quarterback Kolton Browning led the Warhawks with 44 yards on 18 carries. The Red Wolves allowed ULM an average of 1.9 yards per carry.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Senior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton -- Frampton's school record 13 receptions were good for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown. It marked his second consecutive 100-yard game as the Red Wolves started 2-0 in conference play.

LOOKING GOOD: Arkansas State punter Ryan Wilbourn punted four times against Louisiana-Monroe for an average of 47.2 yards, including two punts downed inside the 20.

STILL NEEDS WORK: ASU must find a way to improve the running game after struggling against the Warhawks with only 84 yards on 24 carries. Quarterback Ryan Aplin led the team in rushing with 35 yards.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL:

PLAYER NOTES:

QB Ryan Aplin completed 27 of 43 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. Aplin also rushed for a team-high 35 yards on nine carries.

S Kelcie McCray intercepted two passes against ULM.

DB Don Jones' blocked punt, which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown, was his first since his redshirt freshman year when he was a reserve running back. Jones transferred to junior college after that season and returned this year under the new coaching staff as a nickel back.

ROSTER REPORT

Redshirt Freshman running back Frankie Jackson returned to the lineup after sitting out two games with a high ankle sprain. Jackson helped the Red Wolves with a 40-yard reception and three-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game to give his team a 7-0 lead.