JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Ryan Aplin passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Arkansas State to a 36-29 victory against South Alabama on Saturday night.
Aplin completed 17 of 22 passes for the Red Wolves (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt), who overcame a 10-0 first-quarter deficit to post back-to-back wins for the first time since stringing nine victories together to end the 2011 regular season.
Ross Metheny was 24 of 38 for 241 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for the Jaguars (1-5, 0-2).
With Arkansas State holding a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, Aplin hit Taylor Stockemer with a 9-yard touchdown pass that, with a two-point conversion, made the score 36-22 with 11:55 remaining.
Stockemer had 65 yards on four receptions, giving him 36 straight games with at least one catch, the second-longest streak in the nation. Conner Vernon of Duke has 42 games in a row with a reception.
|SALA||Kendall Houston 4 yd pass from Ross Metheny (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|SALA||Michel Chapuseaux 26 yd FG|
|ARKST||Ryan Aplin 2 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||David Oku 2 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|SALA||Michel Chapuseaux 39 yd FG|
|ARKST||J.D. McKissic 10 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|SALA||Jereme Jones 13 yd pass from Ross Metheny (failed 2pt pass)|
|ARKST||Josh Jarboe 15 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|SALA||Michel Chapuseaux 42 yd FG|
|ARKST||Taylor Stockemer 9 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (DAVID OKU 2pt run)|
|SALA||Greg Hollinger 12 yd pass from Ross Metheny (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-20||6-9|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||4-6||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||61||97|
|Punt Return Yds||14||19|
|Time of Poss.||35:39||24:21|
|SALA: Terrance Timmons 13-43, Kendall Houston 18-36, Ross Metheny 9-22, Trey Fetner 3-17, T.J. Glover 4-10, Desmond Jones 2-6, Team 1--2|
|ARKST: David Oku 22-84, Frankie Jackson 5-30, Ryan Aplin 8-1, Rocky Hayes 1-0, Team 1--2|
|SALA: Ross Metheny 24-38-241-1|
|ARKST: Ryan Aplin 17-22-203-0|
|SALA: Corey Besteda 5-45, Greg Hollinger 5-30, T.J. Glover 3-47, Jereme Jones 3-44, Bryant Lavender 3-31, Terrance Timmons 3-29, Gabe Loper 1-11, Kendall Houston 1-4|
|ARKST: J.D. McKissic 7-41, Taylor Stockemer 4-65, Josh Jarboe 3-34, Frankie Jackson 1-39, Anthony Kincy 1-13, Darion Griswold 1-11|
|South Alabama||10th Sun Belt||1-7||2-11|
|Arkansas State||1st Sun Belt||7-1||10-3|