The Arkansas State rookies turned in career-best games to lead
the Indians (5-2, 3-0) to a 29-10 Sun Belt Conference victory over
Arnold, who rushed for 121 yards on 25 carries, scored three
second-half touchdowns -- all of them on 1-yard runs -- to spark the
ASU win. But he directed attention elsewhere.
"Any time you have a dominant offensive line and a dominant
lead blocker like that you can't help but be successful," Arnold
said. "All the praise goes to them."
Leonard completed 11-of-19 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown
and also rushed for 77 yards.
"He is a good quarterback," said North Texas safety Aaron
Weathers. "He's real shifty and he gave us problems today."
Kevin Jones caught three passes for 84 yards.
ASU coach Steve Roberts, like Arnold, credited the Indians'
offensive line with "a heck of a job."
"We turned out 466 yards and 279 yards rushing. That's
absolutely huge and that's a big tribute to all of those offensive
linemen up there," Roberts said. "We played nine or 10 during the
game and all of them did an outstanding job."
Arnold scored all of his touchdowns in the second half as the
Indians broke away from a 10-10 halftime score to win their
eighth-straight home game and their fourth straight overall.
North Texas (2-5, 1-2) was playing without head coach Darrell
Dickey, who suffered a heart attack the previous week.
Kenny Evans, longtime UNT assistant, is filling in for Dickey.
"We made some mistakes with a couple of turnovers and a couple
penalties that really hurt us on a couple of drives as we were
trying to come back," Evans said. "Arkansas State played
mistake-free football and we did not. If you are going to win in
this league you can't make more mistakes than your opponent."
Arnold scored with 8:14 left in the third quarter to break the
tie. A bad snap ruined the extra point attempt and ASU led 16-10.
He scored again with 1:04 left in the quarter, and Josh Arauco's
extra point gave ASU a 23-10 lead. Arnold's final touchdown came
with 9:44 left, and that extra point attempt was blocked.
North Texas reached the Indian 1 on its final possession, but
Koby McKinnon sacked Daniel Meager on fourth down to kill the
comeback attempt. A touchdown pass had been erased on the previous
play by an illegal formation penalty.
North Texas opened the scoring with a 42-yard field goal by
Denis Hopovac with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
The Indians took the lead at 7-3 on a 31-yard pass from Corey
Leonard to Kevin Jones with 14:01 left in the half.
North Texas regained the upper hand on a 24-yard pass from
Daniel Meager to David Collins with 7:05 left in the half.
ASU capitalized on a turnover to get the halftime tie. Marcus
Brown recovered Zach Muzzy's fumbled punt return at the North Texas
8. ASU reached the 2 where Arauco hit a 19-yard field goal with
1:55 left in the half to tie the score at 10-10.
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