The Arkansas State offense was again clicking on all cylinders, as the Red Wolves put up 540 yards of total offense in its 37-14 victory over North Texas on Saturday night. Quarterback Ryan Aplin led his team as he moved up in the record books on career total offense.
The Red Wolves came out with high intensity, scoring 31 of its 37 points in the first half, while the defense shut out UNT in the first half.
"I thought the intensity they brought in the first half was phenomenal," said head coach Hugh Freeze.
Aplin threw for 322 yards, rushed for 69 yards and threw three touchdown passes. He was 28 of 42 on the night, throwing one interception. He also moved up to third place in Arkansas State history for career total offense with 7,083 yards.
"I thought Ryan was real solid. I know he felt real comfortable with the plan," Freeze said.
"Those receivers make big time plays when you give them the ball," Aplin said.
Two of Arkansas State's touchdowns came from the rushing game — one by Frankie Jackson to put the first 6 points of the game on the board, and one by punter Neely Sullivent on a fake FG in the second quarter.
Jackson had 9 carries for 44 yards, and Derek Lawson had 12 carries for 63 yards, but Ryan Aplin actually led the team in rushing for the night.
The game against UNT marked Aplin's 5th game of the year to have more than 300 yards of total offense. He also matched his career high for passing touchdowns in a game with three.
With four games still left to play, look for the Arkansas State offense to continue breaking records on its way to the Sun Belt title.
*Aplin in 3rd: Ryan Aplin is now the 3rd player in ASU history to complete 500 or more passes in his career, is in 3rd place on the all-time career touchdown pass list, and is in 3rd place for career total offense.
*Dwayne Frampton has recorded a reception in 20 straight games; tonight he had 6 catches for 77 yards.
*Taylor Stockemer's touchdown reception was his career eighth, and moved him into a tie for 9th most in school history.
*Josh Jarboe had 7 catches for 96 yards, leading the team in receiving yards.
*Frankie Jackson leads the team in rushing touchdowns on the season, recording his fourth.