ULM fired Todd Berry as head football coach after the game. John Mumford named interim coach and will finish the season.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves proved you don’t have to play well on third down offensively to win big.
The Red Wolves (7-3, 6-0) were just 3 of 19 on third down in their 59-21 victory over Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night. But the team, which has now won six straight and defeated the Warhawks for the sixth straight time, did enough damage on the other downs.
A-State finished with 448 yards on offense and had their second straight turnover free game on offense (there was a special teams turnover). Against a defensive front determined to stop the Red Wolves’ running game, quarterback Fredi Knighten went up top for 300 yards (15 of 30) and 5 touchdowns.
A-State was cruising with a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter when ULM gained life. They tied it at 14-14 and after Knighten hit Tres Houston with a 50-yard TD pass, the Warhawk answered with an 85-yard run to tie the score again at 21-21.
At that point the Red Wolves said no more.
A-State rolled 38-0 from that point and had a 35-21 halftime lead after TD passes to Chris Murry (53) and Houston (17).
In the second half ULM had 19 yards of offense.
Senior wide receiver Tres Houston, who sat out the first quarter because of a suspension from the conference office, caught 3 passes for 94 yards, all touchdowns.
Senior punter Luke Ferguson did have a 12-yard punt and a bad kickoff off that went out of bounds, but for the most part he punted very well. He finished with a 42.6 average and had 5 punts land inside the 20.
THE DEFENSE … AGAIN
For the sixth time this season the Red Wolves’ defense found the end zone. This time it was Money Hunter with a 29-yard interception return.
It was the second straight game where the Red Wolves had zero turnovers on offense and they forced five today, all interceptions. Rocky Hayes, Hunter, Chris Humes and Raziel Velgis. Robert Mondie, who almost had an interception, recovered a fumble.
Arkansas State’s lone turnover was after a punt hit Brandon Byner and the Warhawks recovered.
Red Wolves clinched a winning season on Saturday. AState has now posted a winning season for five consecutive years.