It is A-State's third straight victory and now at 6-4 the Red Wolves are bowl eligible for the third straight season. For the second straight week they dominated the second half and this time pulled away from a 21-21 score. In the past two games, A-State has scored 80 points.
That is now 10 straight quarters of strong football the team has turned in and was the ninth straight November victory.
A-State (6-4, 4-1) controlled the game, winning all phases, but not as dominant in the special teams. In the second half, Texas State just 152 yards to A-State's .
The Red Wolves finished with 424 yards offense and ran 12 more plays than Texas State (6-4, 2-3) and ruled the time of possession 32:57 to 27:03.
It was the second straight week the Red Wolves stopped a 3-game winning streak.
The star: In his second start, Michael Gordon ran for 184 yards on 19 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Coming in, Texas State the most team rushing yards the Bobcats had allowed was 217. In his two starts he has scored 7 touchdowns.
What it means: For the third straight season the Red Wolves are bowl eligible and will for a third straight winning season next week.
The difference: A-State reversed its MO for the season but running the ball against the top-ranked rushing defense in the league. A-State rushed for 333 yards and passed for just 96 yards.
"We lost the line of scrimmage,'' said Texas State coach Dennis Franchione. "When you give up over 300 yard you got handled up front and we did. Their line did a nice job; I wouldn't have thought that we would have given up that many yards rushing but we did."
Ultimate Makeover, part 2: QB Adam Kennedy did not get the 100-yard game he has vs. ULM but he did record 78 yards on 18. With his arm, he completed 14 of 18 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.
So special: No blocked kicks but Brian Davis did a nice job kicking off into the strong south wind and had three touchbacks when kicking with the win. J.D. McKissic had a 43-yard punt return and had another nice returned erased by a penalty. John Paul Jones handled the punting duties and averaged 39 yards per kick and only one was returned, that one for 12 yards.
Defensive numbers: From the tackle chart, Q. Lee led with 12, 6 solos, and Chris Stone had a career high 8, including 1.5 for loss and a pass broken up. Sterling Young and Ryan Carrethers had seven each. Andrew Tryon had five. The Bobcats had just 158 yard rushing and AState forced 17 yards in losses.
The crowd: The announced attendance was announced at 23, 143.
Running strong: The Red Wolves finished with 328 yards rushing and averaged 5.8 yards per rush. Aside from Kennedy and Gordon, David Oku had 55 yards on 16 carries and Sirgregory Thornton added 13 yards on 3 carries.
The streak: With the victory, ASU's streak of November victories is now at 9.
Up next: The Red Wolves remain at home on Saturday for their first Sun Belt Conference meeting and final home game of the season against winless Georiga State. The Red Wolves will be looking to clinch their third straight winning season.
The Breakdown: AState 38 TxSt 21
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