While the Red Wolves’ offense took a while to get rolling, the opportunistic defense took control of the game with a 60-yard fumble return for a score by Darryl Feemster and a blocked punt recovery by Don Jones to stake ASU to a 17-0 lead. Troy never was closer than 10 points the rest of the way, as the ASU offense found a good mix of Ryan Aplin’s scrambles and his pin-point accuracy on sideline routes to gain 283 yards in the second half while the defense clamped down on Troy, allowing just 98 total yards in the second half. Aplin connected on 25 of 37 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. Senior receiver Dwayne Frampton had 10 catches for 153 yards and a score, breaking the ASU record for career receptions. Besides a 30-yard scoring strike to Frampton, Aplin passed for a 10-yard touchdown to Taylor Stockemer and a 9-yard shovel pass to Rod Hall.
Teams don't show all they've got in tune-up games. Most folks who pay attention to college football would agree that’s the case. Doesn’t mean Coach Bobby Petrino wants to talk about it. In fact, Petrino did his best to shoot that idea down — with humor! — Thursday when a local TV personality asked about further opening up the playbook in the coming weeks.
Arkansas State will not be among the on-paper favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference in 2010 — which, of course, should tell everyone that Steve Roberts’ Red Wolves will probably be dangerous and, if not a contender, at least a spoiler.