Before we move on to UL-Monroe, taking another look at some numbers from Arkansas State’s Thursday night’s 40-27 victory over Appalachian State.
Once Fredi Knighten started running the Red Wolves’ offense came alive. It started late in the second quarter with a 72-yard, 13-play drive that produced a field goal and cut the margin to 21-17.
The halftime numbers for Knighten were 6 carries for 2 yards and 6 of 13 passing for 55 yards. Those were up from horrid first quarter figures, 3 carries for negative 15 and 2 of 5 passes for 23 yards.
He ended with 14 carries for 69 yards and was 14 of 25 for 208 yards. And no interceptions.
When Knighten has a big night on the ground the Red Wolves are almost unbeatable. If he rushes for 70 yards are more the Red Wolves are 6-0. If he rushes for 60 or more they are 8-2 (the losses to Tennessee and ULL last season). If he is below 40 the team is 1-3 (the exception here is 6 yards in the Utah State victory last season.
That third quarter
It has been noted that App State came into the game allowing 298 yards a game and the Red Wolves rolled 294 out en route to a 517-yard game.
The time of possession was the only almost even, 8:52 to 6:08. The Red Wolves had 200 rushing (46 App) and 94 passing (14 App). First downs were 12 to 2 and A-State was 2 of 3 on third downs and App was Zero for 3.
The turnover battle
A-State forced 3 -- 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. For the season there have been 17 interceptions. Arkansas State is now plus-3 on turnover margin for the season.
What else can be said, 2 for 5 yards. Can I get an Amen?
Time of possession
A year ago when App State pummeled the Red Wolves it held the ball for more than 41 minutes. A-State finished with 32 minutes, but the 28 for the Mountaineers, 10 of theirs came in the first quarter and they had 17:45 by halftime.
The Red Wolves had the ball more in the fourth quarter (11:16) than App State had in the second half (9:52) .