Arkansas State 55, Texas State 17.
WHAT IT MEANS: Arkansas State (9-3, 8-0) had already clinched its fourth Sun Belt Conference title in five seasons but the victory gives the Red Wolves the outright title. The four titles in five seasons is tops in FBS. It gives ASU 44 victories since 2011, the best in a five-year span in school history. In that same span, A-State is 33-6 in Sun Belt play.
UP NEXT: The Red Wolves are expected to play old Southland Conference rival Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 19.
HOW IT HAPPENED: It went about as scripted. The Arkansas State Red Wolves wrapped up a perfect Sun Belt Conference season on a perfect day at Centennial Bank Stadium.
A-State scored two touchdowns in each quarter and led 27-7 at halftime after a missed extra point.
Fredi Knighten had a big day. He was 12 of 16 passing for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran 9 times for 18 yards.
Michael Gordon ran 20 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. Johnston White had 4 carries for 60 yards and Logan Moragne gained 72 yards on 3 carries.
A-State ran for 343 yards and finished with 535 yards.
The Red Wolves forced 3 turnovers, two interceptions (Rocky Hayes’ 6th and Money Hunter 3rd). Hunter returned his a school record 99 yards for a score, his second TD this season. A-State has 26 interceptions, a Sun Belt record. The Red Wolves have 8 touchdown by its defense, tops in NCAA.
WHAT WAS SAID
Dennis Franchione: They are a good footbal teaml. We made a lot of mistakes and you can’t do that to have a chance against team like that and have a chance to win. We aren’t a good football team right now and we make those kinds of mistakes.”
Blake Anderson: I don’t remember the last time I was this nervous going into a game. I just wanted to make sure that we did what we needed to do and didn’t have a letdown. I don’t think there was any chance of that happening. The guys came out and played, with an exception of a couple mistakes, a great game all day long.”