Recap: North Texas vs. Arkansas State
Denton, TX (Sports Network) - Ryan Aplin threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another as the Arkansas State Red Wolves posted a 37-19 win over the North Texas Mean Green in Sun Belt Conference action at Apogee Stadium.
Aplin completed 25-of-32 passes for 328 yards for the Red Wolves (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) as they won their fourth straight outing in order to become bowl eligible. J.D. McKissic caught 10 passes for 96 yards and David Oku ran for a game-high 71 yards and a score for ASU as well.
The Mean Green (3-6, 2-3) were paced by Derek Thompson who hit on 28-of-47 passes for 316 yards and a score, while being sacked once and having a pass picked off in the team's second loss in as many outings.
North Texas kicked off the game's scoring with a safety right off the bat and added a two-yard TD run by Thompson later in the first quarter, but in between ASU registered a touchdown of its own when Aplin combined with Julian Jones on a 59-yard pass play.
With under one minute remaining in the opening period the Red Wolves capped a 10-play, 54-yard drive with a 39-yard field goal by Brian Davis to assume the lead at 10-9.
Early in the second ASU struck again, this time on a five-yard TD run by Aplin to move the advantage to 16-9 following a failed PAT.
North Texas kicker Zach Olen booted a 43-yard field goal for the hosts at the 10:18 mark of the second quarter, but that was before the Red Wolves rattled off two more touchdowns prior to halftime.
Oku scored on a one-yard run for the visitors and Aplin hooked up with Kedric Murry on a four-yard scoring toss to make the score 30-12 at the break.
The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter as Thompson combined with Antoinne Jimmerson on a three-yard TD pass play for UNT, followed by a 19-yard scoring run by Rocky Hayes for the Red Wolves, giving Arkansas State a 37-19 advantage heading into what would be a scoreless fourth period.
Arkansas State, which averaged 7.3 yards per snap, scored on all four opportunities in the red zone and overcame eight penalties for 89 yards in the triumph.Game Notes