It's not very often that your team gets a shut out on the defensive side of the ball.
That's exactly what happened here Saturday night as the Arkansas State defense held Alcorn State to less than 135 yards total offense and kept the Braves off the score board.
Veteran Defensive Coordinator John Thompson was very happy with his guy's performance.
"Shut outs are hard to come by," Thompson told the media after Arkansas State's 56-0 win over Alcorn State. "We really talked to our team about working to get a shut out. We told them if we got the opportunity that we needed to keep our foot on their necks. There are a lot of things that go into a shut out, the play of our offense, the play of our special teams, shut outs are very rare."
Gus Malzahn agreed with his defensive coordinator about the Red Wolves shut out.
"It's extremely hard to get a shut out in college football," Malzahn said. "We held them to just 130 yards in total offense, it was a good night for us on that side of the ball."
Senior defensive end Tim Starson showed early that it was going to be a good night for the ASU Defense.
He had back to back tackle for losses and three tackle for losses in the first 12 minutes of the contest.
"Starson is exactly what you want at defensive end," Thompson said. "He plays very well against the run, he is in the backfield rushing the quarterback. He is definitely taking the bull by the horns."
WHO IS THAT MASKED BANDIT?
Everyone thought that John Thompson would play more 4-2-5 or 4-3 defense, it looks like there is a new member of the defensive cast that played a major role in the Red Wolves success Saturday night.
Eddie Porter, a junior college All-American linebacker, started Saturday night at the Bandit linebacker position, coming off the edge for the Red Wolves, creating more pressure on Alcorn's quarterback.
"Eddie has proven he can be physical and how well he can play in space," Thompson said. "
Porter finished the night with one sack, two assisted tackles for three stops on the night.
TRUE FRESHMAN RESPONDS DEFENSIVELY
Chris Humes, who has committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks before switching his commitment to Arkansas State on signing day, had a big day against Alcorn State.
The true freshman finished tied as the leading tackler for Arkansas State with seven stops.
He had three solo tackles and was accredited for four assist.
STARRY NIGHT FOR ASU SENIOR
Tim Starson had three tackles for losses in the first few minutes of the game, ended the night early with a total of 6 stops against Alcorn State.
CAUGHT ALCORN NAPPING
Arkansas State's defensive unit came up with two sacks against Alcorn. Porter accredited for one sack and Darius Dunaway with the other.
Senior safety Don Jones has been quieter than usual this season in Thompson's new defensive scheme, but ended up with one big interception for 23 yard return that set up an AState Touchdown.
Qushaun Lee and Eddie Porter teamed up to force a fumble and Ronnell Wright was there to recover it for the Red Wolves.
BY THE NUMBERS
ASU held Alcorn State to just 98 net yards rushing on 33 carries for a mere 3.0 yard per carry average.
Alcorn State didn't fare any better through the air. The Braves garnered 32 yards through the passing lanes, and Alcorn quarterbacks were just 14-27 and interception for a total of 130 yards in offense.