Well, it was October and UL-Monroe. They always bring out the best in Arkansas State.
The Red Wolves (3-4, 3-0 Sun Belt) crushed ULM 51-10 Saturday night, their seventh straight win over the Warhawks. And in the process, they ran their record in October to 18-2 since 2010.
Justice Hansen had a big night, passing for 4 touchdowns and running for another. Warren Wand scored 3 touchdowns as the Red Wolves won their 12th straight Sun Belt Conference game.
The Red Wolves put it away with a big first half, leading 42-3 at the half by scoring on 6 of 7 possessions. Hansen was 17 of 25 in the half for 256 yards. He finished 21 of 36 for 303 yards and four TDs.
Also in the half, the Red Wolves were 4 of 7 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and 5 of 5 on red zone chances.
ULM played to stop the run and the Red Wolves made them pay with the pass. ASU had just 118 yards rushing but passed for 316.
--On the Red Wolves’ first scoring drive Hansen hit Warren Wand for a 28-yard score on fourth down.
--Johnston White broke for 50 yards that set up the second score, a 3-yard pass to Chris Murray.
--Hansen hit Wand for 31 yards to the 1. After a loss of 1, Chad Voytik passed to Wand for a 2-yard score.
--A 41-yard pass to Cameron Echols-Luper. The TD pass came to Sterling Stowers from the 8.
--After ULM cut the margin to 28-3, Daryl Rollins-Davis returned the kickoff 78 yards to set up a 6-yard scoring drive.
*Some firsts: Sterling Stowers, touchdown; Mark Johnson, interception; Darveon Brown, first reception; Jarrod Chandler, first sack.
*The A-State defense \allowed 10 or fewer points in back-to-back games for the 1st time since 2006.
*The Red Wolves had their first turnover-free game since Auburn (Game 2) and won the turnover stat for the second straight game. The Red Wolves had two interceptions.
*Arkansas State had 11 tackles for loss, resulting in 28 yards. ULM made five for 15 yards, 9 of that on a sack of Chad Voytik in the fourth quarter.
*The 42 points is the first half is the most since the Red Wolves have produced joined the Sun Belt in 2001.
*In the first half, A-State outgained ULM 335 to 93.
I thought they would struggle to match up with us speed-wise on the outside. We were healthy enough on the line up front with Jemar feeling good we thought we could protect. We came out of the last game wishing we could have thrown the ball more so we took a similar game plan and was just more aggressive.”
Devin Mondie injured a knee in the third quarter but Anderson feels it is nothing major and he could have played if needed.
The Red Wolves are at Georgia State on Thursday. Kickoff is 6:30 pm and game is on ESPNU.