Arkansas State Red Wolves clinch share of fourth Sun Belt football title in five years

Red Wolves defeat New Mexico State. Read more below

Two of the more impressive stats from Saturday’s 52-28 victory over New Mexico State do not come from Saturday’s game in Las Cruces.

With the victory they Red Wolves have a share of their fourth conference title in the last five seasons. A victory at homeSaturday vs. Texas State will give A-State a third outright title. ASU did share the crown with UL-Lafayette, which suffered a losing season this campaign, in 2013.

Perhaps an even better number this week we will likely officially find out where the Red Wolves will play their bowl game this season. That will be five straight bowl games for the A-State.

They way all that came about was not very pretty, or very smooth at times, but the final numbers show it was a pretty dominating performance by the Red Wolves.

A-State finished with 605 yards offense, 285 of that rushing and 367 passing. The Red Wolves had 30 first down, was 7 of 16 on third down and had just 1 turnover.

On defense, the Red Wolves allowed 434 (315 passing) and 28 points, but also created four turnovers (placing A-State in a tie for most turnovers gained), three interceptions, one of which was a 60-yard return for a touchdown by Quanterio Heath that put A-State into a tie for the nation's most defensive touchdowns.  They held the Aggies’ running ace Larry Rose to 105 yards on 15 carries. 

The Aggies, who came into the game with a 3-game winning streak, scored took the lead on a 46-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes into the game.

A-State answered quickly with a 75-yard scoring pass from Fredi Knighten to Dijon Paschal.

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Knighten, who passed for 367 and ran for 33, gave the Red Wolves the lead on a 5-yard score to take the lead.

Johnston White’s 18-yard scoring run made it 21-7 and New Mexico State would get no closer than a touchdown the rest of the way.

White finished with 84 yards on 9 carries and Michael Gordon had 75 yards on 11 carries.

Tres Houston caught passes for 155 yards, Paschall 4 for 118, J.D. McKissic 5 for 53 and Chris Murray 5 for 28.


The Red Wolves easily won the kicking game. Leading the way was Blaise Taylor, who also had an interception, who returned 4 punts for 111 yards, one of which was a 73-yard score.

J.D Houston hit a 35-yard field goal and seven extra points.

Luke Ferguson punted five times for a 42.2 average and had two inside the 10.