JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Ryan Aplin threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns, and Arkansas State limited Alcorn State to 130 yards of offense in a 56-0 victory on Saturday night.
Aplin completed 12 of 13 passes for the Red Wolves (2-2) and did not play in the second half. With 50 career TD passes, the senior moved into first on the school's all-time list.
Alcorn State (1-1) had 13 possessions, with just three lasting more than five plays. Quarterback John Gibbs passes had 12 completions for only 39 yards and rushed for 47 yards on six carries.
Rod Smith rushed for 104 yards and touchdown for Arkansas State, and nine different players caught a pass.
Ronnell Wright returned a fumble 7 yards for a touchdown and David Oku rushed for two TDs in the first half as the Red Wolves led 42-0 at the break.
|ARKST||Ronnell Wright 7 yd fumble return (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||David Oku 12 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||J.D. McKissic 33 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||David Oku 1 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Julian Jones 11 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Kedric Murry 7 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Sirgregory Thornton 3 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Rod Smith 6 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||4-17||4-10|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-2||3-4|
|Kick Return Yds||106||31|
|Punt Return Yds||-7||-2|
|Time of Poss.||31:36||28:24|
|ALCST: John Gibbs 6-47, Anthony Williams III 6-20, Terrance Lewis 4-14, Brandon Vessel 2-12, Joe Price 1-12, Marcquiso Jean 1-10, Arnold Walker 5-3, Tollete George 2--7, Jordan Payne 6--13|
|ARKST: Rod Smith 13-104, David Oku 17-92, Sirgregory Thornton 6-59, Fredi Knighten 3-37, Michael Gordon 6-34, Rocky Hayes 6-26, Ryan Aplin 1-24, Ryan Jacobs 3-9, R.J. Fleming 0-9, Zach Davis 1-2|
|ALCST: John Gibbs 12-23-39-1, Jordan Payne 2-3--7-0, Brandon Vessel 0-1-0-0|
|ARKST: Ryan Aplin 12-13-198-0, Fredi Knighten 2-2-40-0, Phillip Butterfield 0-1-0-0|
|ALCST: Joe Price 3-9, Terrance Lewis 3--8, Nick Shumaker 2-11, Jarvis Turner 2-2, Marti Shelby 1-9, Anthony Williams III 1-6, Nick Brooks 1-5, Rodney Whitmore 1--2|
|ARKST: J.D. McKissic 6-49, Josh Jarboe 1-55, Carlos McCants 1-54, Derek Keaton 1-33, Anthony Kincy 1-17, Julian Jones 1-11, Kedric Murry 1-7, Michael Gordon 1-7, David Oku 1-5|