Arkansas State came into Saturday night’s Sun Belt game in Las Cruces against New Mexico State knowing that they would have to find a way to control the Aggies top players, QB Tyler Rogers and RB Larry Rose III. Well, mission accomplished. The Red Wolves used consistent pressure from just a four man rush to keep Rogers on the run and only allow him to throw for 221 yards with 2 INTs and 1 TD as ASU pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 37-21 road win. Senior DE Javon Rolland-Jones registered 2.5 sacks on the night moving him into 2nd on the career sacks list and just needs 5.5 more to become the all time leader. As far as the Aggies star RB Rose, he was held to 55 yards on 18 carries and 1 TD for just a 3.1 YPC.
Arkansas State (5-2/4-0 Conf) trailed the home team 14-7 at half and again 21-17 at the start of the fourth quarter but QB Hansen threw 2 TD passes to Chris Murray in a 20 point onslaught to push the Red Wolves to their 21st win in their last 22 conference games.
Numbers To Know
7 - Sacks the ASU defense had Saturday night against the Aggies-6th most in school history
25- TD passes on the year for QB Justice Hansen-now holds the single season TD mark previously held by Freddi Knighten and Ryan Aplin
3- Third downs converted by New Mexico State on 13 attempts-the Aggies came into the game averaging 50% on 3rd down conversions
115-Yards on punt returns for Blaise Taylor-he now has gone over a 1,000 yards of returns for his career and is the all time return leader in ASU history
13- Penalties in the game for ASU for a total of 126 yards including 12 in the first half helping NMSU stay in the game early
21-Fewest points scored in a game this season by the Aggies
UP NEXT: Off next week before returning to Sun Belt action 11/11 on the road against South Alabama