Red Wolves Rise in Second Half

The Red Wolves first half at Ladd Peebles Stadium did not evoke many memories of the teams that had capped the last two seasons in the stadium.

Arkansas State mustered one first half drive of 77 yards that ended on a fumble while the six other first half drives mustered an anemic 38 yards. At the break Adam Kennedy had been sacked twice and run twice for negative yards for four rushes for minus 17 yards and was 6 of 7 passing for 48 yards.

With Kennedy struggling, Fredi Knighten saw a lot of action at quarterback in the first half rushing 7 times for 39 yards and completing 6 of 8 passes for 24 yards.

The defense kept A-State alive at the half. The Red Wolves forced South Alabama to settle for a field goal after a 52 yard drive gave a first goal at the ASU 2 and earlier forcing a field goal after stopping a 70 yard USA drive at the 10.

In the second half USA seemed close to putting A-State on the ropes and in danger of not being able to recover after taking the opening kickoff and driving 52 yards but a Sterling Young interception in the end zone ended the threat and gave A-State a touchback.

Adam Kennedy took charge for the Red Wolves leading a 12 play 80 yard touchdown drive. Kennedy was 3 of 4 passing for 19 yards. Kennedy turned the offense around as he rushed four times for forty yards including the drive capping 12 yard TD run. In the second half Kennedy rushed 12 times for 82 yards and was 9 of 10 for 88 yards passing.

How different were the two halves?

In the second half A-State had five possessions, scoring three times, punting once, and running out the clock on the final possession. The first half the Red Wolves had seven possessions, punting six times and turning the ball over once.

More importantly facing adversity the Red Wolves put together a sustained drive to take the lead and when USA answered, the Red Wolves took what they could get and finally retook the lead with 6:29 left.

The Red Wolves fourth win marked only the second time this season that they trailed and rallied to win.