JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Ryan Aplin broke his own Arkansas State record for passing touchdowns in a season and the Red Wolves captured their second straight Sun Belt Conference championship with a 45-0 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
Aplin completed 19 of 21 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns - giving him 22 TDs to break the mark of 21 he set last season.
Arkansas State (9-3, 7-1) and Middle Tennessee (8-4, 6-2) came into the game tied for first place in the conference, but this quickly turned into a mismatch as Aplin threw two TD passes and also rushed for a 4-yard score en route to a 35-0 halftime lead.
David Oku rushed for 102 yards and a TD for the Red Wolves, giving him 1,024 yards for the season. Arkansas State, which won its seventh straight, had 512 yards of offense to just 203 for the Blue Raiders.
|ARKST||Ryan Aplin 4 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||David Oku 9 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Josh Jarboe 6 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Julian Jones 59 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Rocky Hayes 12 yd run (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Kedric Murry 6 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)|
|ARKST||Brian Davis 21 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-13||10-13|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-3||1-1|
|Kick Return Yds||67||0|
|Punt Return Yds||-5||5|
|Time of Poss.||25:45||34:15|
|MTSU: Jordan Parker 18-73, Logan Kilgore 1-15, Drayton Calhoun 5-2, Jeremiah Bryson 3-2, Corey Carmichael 1-1, Reggie Whatley 1--4|
|ARKST: David Oku 19-102, Ryan Aplin 6-64, Rocky Hayes 12-52, Fredi Knighten 7-45, Michael Gordon 1-11, Sirgregory Thornton 2-0|
|MTSU: Logan Kilgore 15-26-114-2|
|ARKST: Ryan Aplin 19-21-238-0|
|MTSU: Anthony Amos 4-32, Kyle Griswould 4-32, Vincent Van Horne 3-40, Jordan Parker 2-5, Harold Turner 1-3, Jeremiah Bryson 1-2|
|ARKST: J.D. McKissic 8-60, Taylor Stockemer 3-50, Josh Jarboe 2-15, David Oku 2-10, Julian Jones 1-59, R.J. Fleming 1-25, Carlos McCants 1-13, Kedric Murry 1-6|
|Middle Tennessee||2nd Conference USA East||6-2||8-4|
|Arkansas State||1st Sun Belt||5-2||7-5|