Two-Minute Drill: Arkansas State 45, Middle Tennessee 19

by Daniel McFadin  on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 7:09 pm  

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Why Arkansas State Won

After Middle Tennessee attempted to mount a second quarter comeback, the Arkansas State Red Wolves scored three second half touchdowns while shutting out the Blue Raiders to win their eighth straight game, 45-19, and clinch at least a share of the Sun Belt championship.

Ryan Aplin threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns while also running for the Red Wolves’ final touchdown with 7:54 left in the game. Jermaine Robertson led ASU in rushing with 85 yards on 13 carries.

After the win, the Red Wolves accepted an invitation to the Bowl on January 8 in Mobile, Ala.

Turning Point

On the Red Wolves’ first drive of the second half, Frankie Jackson ran for his second touchdown of the game, a career high, from two yards out to put ASU up 32-19 with 9:22 left in the third quarter. Jackson finished the game with three rushes for 13 yards, two touchdowns and one fumble.


With 3:49 left in the third quarter, senior running back Jermaine Robertson broke through the middle and rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown. The score put the Red Wolves up 39-19.

17 Unanswered

After ASU took a 25–2 lead with 5:54 left in the first half, Middle Tennessee found new life. With the help of two Red Wolves turnovers, the Blue Raiders scored 17 points in the second quarter.

Jeff Murphy, in his second career start, led the Raiders 80 yards in 13 plays for their first touchdown. The Red Wolves’ next drive ended with a fumble by Frankie Jackson that set up a 26-yard field goal with 1:35 left.

Ryan Aplin then found one of his throws being returned by an MTSU player to the Red Wolves’ 12. Murphy found Sancho McDonald for a touchdown on the next play to pull within six at halftime.



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