Record setting performance for Aplin

Anyone that knows Arkansas State senior quarterback Ryan Aplin will be quick to tell you that personal records aren't important to him. That didn't stop the talented signal caller from turning in one of his most impressive performances. Go "Inside" this ASU Offensive Notebook for other standout performances as the Red Wolves gained 634 of total offense against Alcorn State.

Anyone that knows Arkansas State senior quarterback Ryan Aplin will be quick to tell you that personal records aren't important to him.

No one signifies a team player as QB1 for the Red Wolves does.

After a disappointing offensive performance last week on the road against Top 25 Nebraska, Aplin called himself out, saying he was embarrassed by his performance.

A week later Aplin turned in an almost perfect performance against FCS Alcorn State.

The senior signal caller went 12 for 13 completions for a 198 yards passing, he added another 24 yards on one carry and set a school record taking over the No. 1 spot in Arkansas State School history with 50 touchdown passes, surpassing Cleo Lemon's record, which was held since 1997-2000.

Aplin also broke the Arkansas State single game completion percentage record, connecting on 12-13 pass attempts for a .923 percentage.

He also surpassed FAU's Rusty Smith for the second most yards in total offense in Sun Belt History.

The humble signal caller was his normal self when asked about the records.

"My offensive line gave me all the time in the world tonight," Aplin said. "I don't think I got touched once."

When asked about the record setting performance, his response was expected.

"It's great to get the win," Aplin said. "Winning games and winning the conference is what is important to me."

Saturday night's performance was the Red Wolves third game out of four with over 500 yards of total offense as Arkansas State completed the game against the Braves with 634 yards.

RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE

Five different backs had carries Saturday evening against Alcorn State, with Rod Smith leading all rushers with 104 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Junior transfer David Oku finished the game with the most carries with 17 and finished the game with 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Sir Gregory Thornton had a solid performance, gaining 59 yards on six carries, Michael Gordon 34 yards on six carries and Fredi Knighten 42 yards on three carries.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

True freshman Michael Gordon entered the ball game and make a solid impression with a 12 yard carry. Gordon showed "Flashes" of outstanding running, enroute to his 34 yards on the night.

Gordon wasn't the only one to make a great first impression.

True freshman Derek Keaton had only one pass reception against Alcorn, but boy was it a big one.

Keaton looked as if he was stopped for a miniumal gain, when the Camden native reversed field two or three times, going 33 yards and almost scoring a touchdown if he hadn't been tripped up on his way to the endzone.

ROCKY STILL FIGHTING IN IMPRESSIVE MANNER

Rocky Hayes emerged on the scene for Arkansas State in the Memphis game, having only two days to learn the offense, gaining 68 yards on four carries.

He showed growth against Nebraska with 47 yards on seven carries. He started Saturday night against Alcorn State as the punt returner, kick off returner and slot receiver for the Red Wolves.

Hayes had six carries for 30 yards against the Braves, but almost broke a kick off return for 31 yards. His only mistake of the game was a muffed point, not too shabby for a true freshman that was playing on the defensive side of the ball until three weeks ago.

EXPLOSIVE PLAYS

Josh Jarboe and Carlos McCants may not had a lot of catches Saturday against Alcorn, actually they only had one catch a piece. The two talented wideouts made the most out of their one reception. Jarboe caught one for 55 yards and was tripped up before reaching the end zone, McCants caught one for 54 yards.

FIRST HALF LEAD

Arkansas State jumped out to a 42-0 lead at the intermission and a lot of the Red Wolf starters didn't return to action, including senior quarterback Ryan Aplin.

Gus Malzahn emptied his bench in the second half of play with a lot of the team getting in on the action.