If you were thinking at halftime ‘how are we down 21-14’ and if you were thinking at the end of the game ‘just how did the win that one” you are probably not alone.
After trailing by 11 (31-20 with 13:12 left) the Red Wolves took advantage of South Alabama mistakes and turned it into a route in a hurry.
The play after USA LB Akeem Lewis was tossed for targeting, Fredi Knighten hit Tres Houston for a 38-yard scoring pass. To keep the momentum going, Knighten hit J.D. McKissic for the 2-point and it was 31-28.
With the Jaguars going for it on fourth down, linebacker Justin Clifton returned an interception 36 yards for a score and it was over.
The turnover battle, which A-State won 5-1 was the difference. Offensive numbers were similar, 345 yards to 302. The Red Wolves had 4 fumbles but lost just one.
Well we all remember how things ended in Lafayette a year ago. Not a pretty game that got even worse afterwards when some of the ULL folks got a little out-of-hand. Now they come to our place.
A-State is 3-3 overall and 2-0 in league play. ULL, off this Saturday, comes in 2-3 and 1-0.
- A Xavier Woodson-Luster had 13 tackles and an interception.
- Freshman Warren Wand ran for 85 yards on 14 carries, caught 2 passes for 7 and had two kick returns for 47 yards.
- Fredi Knighten in his first game back was 10 of 17 passing for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has no interceptions. Running, he gained 40 yards on 20 carries.
- Sacks – A-State had 6 while USA managed 3.
- Penalties – still not pretty. Red Wolves were called for 80 yards, three of them unsportsmanlike conduct. Two of them were on Tres Houston and he was ejected. The other was on Jerrod Chandler, who also had one against Idaho.
- J.D. McKissic had just 4 touches --- a run for 23 yards, 2 receptions for 27 and he caught a pass on a two-point PAT.
“Pretty anything that could go wrong did go wrong early in that game. The kids didn’t quit and we were able to turn things back our way and that was something we had talked about even today. Considering how everything went early in that game, it seemed everything went right at the end and in this stadium it just seems like we’ve had seem really strange bounces in games over the year.”
Arkansas State SID office contributed to this report