Time To Move On

What is ahead for the Arkansas State Red Wolves this week is putting the past away and handling the challenge of getting to Idaho and playing the Vandals on Saturday.

The Red Wolves are coming off a 55-40 defeat at UL-Lafayette a week ago.

“They were what we thought in terms of powerful up front.” Anderson said of the loss at ULL. “I thought that we left some points on the board. I thought defensively we did not play within what we can do. We did not play our best game. There were spurts where we were good but not consistently good enough. We just didn’t play well enough to be a good football team on the road with the talent they have got. They did what they had to do win and we did not.”

Now the Red Wolves, back in third place in the Sun Belt standings, have an uphill swim and need some help to get a share of a fourth straight league title.

“It could be (a letdown) if we let it,” said Anderson. “That is a challenge. We still have a tremendously good season ahead of us. We can take it one week at a time. We did talk in the last 8 or 9 years there have only been a couple of years where the winner has gone undefeated. That may be this year but we can’t control that. We have to do our job. We can’t let that game carry over into this week. We have to play well.

“We still have some really good things on the table for us if we continue to do our jobs.”

First up is Idaho on Saturday, a game that will be shown on ESPN3 at 4 p.m.

“You have got to focus on this game at hand and that is the biggest challenge of all,” said Anderson, who coached a game there when he was at Middle Tennessee.

“There is tough travel to Idaho; there is no easy way to get there. It is a different environment. It is an issue if we let it be. We have to be mature enough to pass that.”

Anderson said the team is staying an hour-and-a-half away in Spokane, Wash., and will travel to Moscow on Saturday.

“It is going to be different than a typical weekend,” said Anderson.

They have thrown the ball really, really well. With the challenges of travel, the environment being different than what we are used too. A lot of these guys have never been in the Kibbie Dome. It will be unique for them. You can’t look over their record; similar to when we played Georgia State. Records are going to say one thing; their ability to score points is going to say another. We have to make sure we are up and ready to play and not have a week where we are not thinking about Lafayette or somebody else.”

After the Idaho game the Red Wolves close the season with three of their final four games in November.

“I’m proud of how the guys played,’’ said Anderson. “Their effort level was great for 60 minutes. There is a lot of positive to pull from. But if you wrap it up all in one goal and that it is not attainable then you see it is easy to crash.

We knew there was going to be a lot of conversation with what happened between the two of us and we did not come away with a win. I like the way we responded the last couple of days and I really expect us to go out and have a great week this Saturday.”

Injury report

Caleb Caston and J.D. McKissic are slowed with ankle issues, “but should be fine.”

Jamar Clark has a leg issue “but he should be fine.”

Colton Jackson, slowed by a hamstring, but “should be healthy going into next week.”