ASU defeats ULL 50-27. Courtesy: Arkansas State Athletics
LAFAYETTE, La. (Ark. St. Univ.) - Arkansas State University's
Brian Davis kicked a season-high five field goals and the Red Wolves
amassed 526 yards in total offense to post an impressive 50-27 Sun Belt
Conference triumph over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Tuesday
(Oct. 23) night in an ESPN2 televised contest at ULL's Cajun Field in
Arkansas State extends its current winning streak to three as the Red
Wolves improve to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. The
Red Wolves also stretched their conference road winning string to seven
games and have prevailed in 11 of their last 12 SBC encounters to date.
The A-State victory also snapped Louisiana-Lafayette's eight-game home
winning streak and was the Red Wolves' first at Cajun Field since 1992
(20-7). The Ragin' Cajuns are now 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference
action with the setback.
"I'm very proud of our team," said ASU head coach Gus Malzahn. "Coming
here we hadn't had much success in quite a few years. I'm very proud of
our team defensively, offensively, and the special teams in it all came
"It was a very important game. It was a big night with ESPN and coming
into an outstanding team (Louisiana-Lafayette) at their home. For us to
play well, it's very encouraging for me and my staff," added Malzahn.
Arkansas State set the tone early in the game, registering the initial
20 points of the contest all within the first 16 minutes of play. The
Red Wolves struck paydirt after taking the opening kickoff and marching
45 yards on 11 plays before going up 3-0 on junior kicker Brian Davis'
career-tying and season-best 47-yard field goal at the 10:29 mark. On
its next possession, A-State would claim a 6-0 lead as Brian Davis
connected on a 22-yarder with 4:38 left in the first quarter.
ASU's advantage increased tp 13 points (13-0) on the first play from
scrimmage in the second quarter when sophomore running back Frankie
Jackson scored on an 11-yard sweep around the right end, completing a
42-yard, five-play drive. A-State started the drive in Cajun territory
at the 43-yard line as a penalty was declined by the Red Wolves on ULL
punter Brett Baer's fake punt attempt pass fell incomplete. Three
consecutive Ryan Aplin pass completions during A-State ensuing
possession, including a 20-yard toss to senior wide receiver Taylor
Stockemer helped set up the score. The Red Wolves continued to make
plays as senior free safety Tausean Holmes intercepted ULL quarterback
Terrance Broadway's pass over the middle at the ASU 47-yard line and
returned the ball 18 yards to the 35-yard line. Two plays later, Ryan
Aplin hit junior wideout Julian Jones in the end zone from the 35-yard
marker at 14:09 to cap a 12-second elapsed drive and give the visitors a
Louisiana-Lafayette would trim A-State's lead to 20-7 with 7:01
remaining in the first half as Terrance Broadway threw a 38-yard scoring
strike to wide receiver Darryl Surgent. The Red Wolves would get six
of those points back from the Ragin' Cajuns before the end of the first
half on a pair of BrianDavis field goals. The ASU kicker booted a
45-yard field goal at 4:18 to end an eight-play, 45-yard drive and then
drilled another from 21 yards away with 21.7 seconds left in concluding a
six-play, 51-yard march en route to giving the Red Wolves a 26-7
halftime lead. ASU held a 327-179 advantage in total offense through
the opening two quarters, which included a 244-145 passing yard margin.
The Ragin' Cajuns cut into ASU's 18-point lead in the third quarter
with their second TD of the night as the combination of Broadway and
Surgent delivered again, this time on a 25-yard pass play to draw within
26-14 at the 12:16 mark. The score remained intact for the next seven
minutes before Arkansas State found the end zone for the third time as
junior running back David Oku tallied on a five-yard sweep untouched to
make it 33-14 at 5:23 in the third. ASU wasn't done putting points on
the board in the quarter however as freshman Rocky Hayes broke loose on a
57-yard "highlight reel" scoring run just under the two-minute mark to
give ASU a commanding 40-14 lead.
The fourth quarter, which featured a combined 23 points, saw A-State go
up 43-14 on Brian Davis' 29-yard field goal with 8:58 left in the
game. The Cajuns countered on Torrey Pierce's five-yard TD rush at
6:58 before Frankie Johnson posted his second TD run on a two-yard dash
with about a minute left to give A-State a 50-21 lead. ULL scored on
the game's final play as Terrance Broadway tossed a four-yard aerial to
One of the many ASU highlights on the night was the performance by Brian
Davis, who recorded 20 points alone on his five field goals and five
extra-point kicks. His five field goals were one shy of equaling his
school-record of six set against Central Arkansas last season (9/24).
A-State's 526 total offensive yards, included 269 in the air from Ryan
Aplin, who completed 21-of-31 throws. Rocky Hayes paced the Red Wolves'
ground game with a game-high 86 yards on just three carries and David
Oku added 83 on 22 attempts. Josh Jarboe was among three ASU receivers
with four receptions and compiled a team-best 67 yards.
Senior linebackers Don Jones and Nathan Herrold led the way defensively
for ASU with seven tackles apiece. Tausean Holmes, freshman defensive
end Chris Stone, and senior cornerback Chaz Scales notched an
For ULL, Terrance Broadway threw for a game-leading 374 yards on
a28-of-39 passing performance as the Cajuns netted 450 yards of total
offense but were victimized by five turnovers. Two Cajun receivers,
Darryl Surgent and Jamal Robinson totaled 107 and 106 receiving yards,
The Red Wolves will seek to continue their Sun Belt road success on
Saturday, Nov. 3, versus the North Texas Mean Green in Denton, Texas.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (CT) at UNT's Apogee Stadium and will aired
on flagship station 107.9 KIFN via the EAB Sports Radio Network.