MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Aplin threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas State defeated Middle Tennessee 45-19 on Saturday.
Aplin was 25 of 57 passing for 294 yards and ran for 41 more on 15 carries.
Aplin's 21-yard TD pass to Anthony Kincy started a 17-point scoring streak for the Red Wolves (9-2, 7-0 Sun Belt Conference).
Frankie Jackson scored on an 8-yard run and Brian Davis kicked a 24-yard field goal to give Arkansas State a 25-2 lead with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
Middle Tennessee (2-8, 1-5) made it 25-19 on Jeff Murphy's 12-yard pass to Sancho McDonald, but Jackson (2 yards), Jermaine Robertson (30 yards) and Aplin (2 yards) all ran in touchdowns for Arkansas State, to seal it.
The Red Wolves finished with 536 yards of total offense, and held the ball for almost 10 more minutes than the Blue Raiders (34:31-25:29).
|ARST||Dwayne Frampton 26 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Nathan Herrold 2pt pass from Neely Sullivent)|
|ARST||Anthony Kincy 21 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARST||Frankie Jackson 8 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARST||Brian Davis 24 yd FG|
|MITNST||Benjamin Cunningham 1 yd run (Alan Gendreau kick)|
|MITNST||Alan Gendreau 26 yd FG|
|MITNST||Sancho McDonald 12 yd pass from Jeff Murphy (Alan Gendreau kick)|
|ARST||Frankie Jackson 2 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARST||Jermaine Robertson 30 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARST||Ryan Aplin 2 yd run (missed kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-18||5-19|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-1||0-5|
|Kick Return Yds||41||35|
|Punt Return Yds||44||18|
|Time of Poss.||34:31||25:29|
|ARST: Jermaine Robertson 13-85, Derek Lawson 11-46, Ryan Aplin 15-41, Andre Smith 5-18, Frankie Jackson 3-13, Rod Smith 2-2, Team 2--2|
|MITNST: Jeff Murphy 15-46, William Pratcher 6-17, Benjamin Cunningham 11-16, Tyler Mason 1-3, Reggie Whatley 1-1, Team 1--3|
|ARST: Ryan Aplin 25-37-294-1, Andre Smith 4-4-39-0|
|MITNST: Jeff Murphy 28-48-219-0|
|ARST: Dwayne Frampton 10-141, Allen Muse 5-41, Rod Hall 3-28, Josh Jarboe 2-43, Anthony Kincy 1-21, Earl Lucas 1-20, Frankie Jackson 1-19, Taylor Stockemer 1-8, Julian Jones 1-8, Carlos McCants 1-6, Kedric Murry 1-2, Derek Lawson 1-0, R.J. Fleming 1--4|
|MITNST: Kyle Griswould 7-63, Jamal Gray 3-26, Shane Blissard 3-26, Benjamin Cunningham 2-20, Tyler Mason 2-20, Sancho McDonald 2-13, Harold Turner 2-13, Tavarres Jefferson 2-12, Anthony Amos 1-18, Roderic Blunt 1-3, Sammy Seamster 1-2, Reggie Whatley 1-2, Omar McLendon 1-1|
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