“What a difference a day made, twenty four little hours, brought the sun and the flowers, where there used to be rain.” —Dinah Washington
It seemed last week that the promise of another Sun Belt Championship was just a dying whisper in Jonesboro but suddenly new life has been breathed into the program after a stunning last minute win over perceived SBC contender Georgia Southern 27-26. Now the Red Wolves face one of the more perplexing programs in the conference in South Alabama. The Jags have wins over SEC member Mississippi State and top 20 program at that time San Diego State, snapping their 13 game win streak. But the Jags also have 2 conference losses to Georgia Southern and Louisiana Lafayette.
Red Wolves QB Hansen tabbed as Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week
Official Release from the Sun Belt Conference:
Sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen helped Arkansas State rally from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Georgia Southern 27-26, giving the Red Wolves their first victory this season. Hansen recorded 243 yards total offense, including a career-high 61 rushing yards, and threw for a pair of scores. With 2:41 remaining in the contest, Hansen engineered the game-winning drive that saw him produce two plays appearing on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays of the Day, including the game-winning touchdown that was tabbed No. 1. Prior to throwing the go-ahead touchdown with nine seconds left on the clock, Hansen kept the drive alive on a 4th-and-16 from A-State’s own 24-yard line by scrambling for an 18-yard gain. The touchdown pass to freshman wideout Omar Bayless was set up by a 29-yard completion from Hansen to Kendall Sanders. The A-State quarterback completed 16-of-27 passes for 182 yards, and his first touchdown pass covered six yards on a third-down play to tie the score 10-10 late in the second quarter.
- Arkansas State has won all 4 meetings between the two schools.
- Jaguar Coach Joey Jones is in his 8th year at South Alabama with a record of 45-35.
- The Red Wolves have 11 players from the state of Alabama.
- ASU now has a 10 game conference winning streak.