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Arkansas State rolls to 33-7 victory over Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Justice Hansen threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns - both to Kirk Merritt - and Warren Wand ran for 145 yards and a score to lead Arkansas State to a 33-7 victory over Texas State on Saturday.

Wand's 8-yard TD run in the first quarter for the Red Wolves (8-4, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) was the only score of the first half.

Texas State (3-9, 1-7) made a game of it when Alec Harris ripped off a 57-yard TD run on the Bobcats' first play from scrimmage in the third quarter to knot the score at 7. But Hansen and Merritt hooked up for a 60-yard score on Arkansas State's next possession for a 14-7 lead. The Red Wolves forced a three-and-out and upped their advantage to 21-7 when Justin McInnis picked up a blocked punt and raced 17 yards for a score. Hansen and Merritt connected again for a 39-yard touchdown and a 28-7 lead after three quarters. The Red Wolves added a safety and freshman Blake Grupe's 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Merritt finished with six catches for 153 yards for Arkansas State, which had already qualified for a bowl game.

Harris rushed for 72 yards on five carries for the Bobcats.

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Scoring Summary
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Team Stats
1st Downs 0 0
Rushing 0 0
Passing 0 0
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 0-0 0-0
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 0 0
Total Plays 0 0
Avg Gain 0 0
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Rush Attempts 0 0
Avg Rush Yards 0 0
Net Yards Passing 0 0
Comp. - Att. 0-0 0-0
Yards Per Pass 0 0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 0-0 0-0
Touchdowns
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Passing TDs 0 0
Other
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Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 0-0 0-0
Return Yards
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Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking / /
Extra Points 0/0 0/0
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
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Arkansas State 8-4 7021533
Texas State 3-9 00707
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Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
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