Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 14

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Arkansas State 31

(3-1, 2-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Liberty Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 0 0 7 714
ARST 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: C. Leonard (ARST) - 292 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Lawson (ARST) - 10 CAR, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Honeycutt (MTU) - 11 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Arkansas St. 31, Middle Tennessee 14

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Corey Leonard threw three touchdown passes to lead Arkansas State to a 31-14 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.

Leonard turned in the best offensive night of his career with 366 total yards. He passed for 292 yards (17-of-31) and added 74 yards rushing.

He hit David Johnson for a pair of scores and added a third toss to Reggie Arnold as the Red Wolves (3-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) won their conference opener for the seventh time in eight years. The 3-1 mark is the best start for ASU since 1986. Middle Tennessee (1-3, 0-2) had won five straight against Arkansas State.

The Red Wolves built a 17-0 halftime lead, the last score coming on a 14-yard pass to Johnson with 36 seconds left.

Arkansas State had opened the scoring on a 17-yard screen pass from Leonard to Arnold with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Arkansas State made it 10-0 on Josh Arauco's 35-yard field goal with 8:30 left in the half.

The Red Wolves made it 24-0 after the opening drive of the second half. Leonard hit Johnson with a 2-yard scoring pass with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

Phillip Tanner scored on a 2-yard run for Middle Tennessee with 2:19 left in the third quarter for 24-7.

Arkansas State's Derek Lawson scored on a 14-yard run with 12:34 left to make it 31-7. Patrick Honeycutt grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass from Dwight Dasher with 9:17 left.

Middle Tennessee had 315 yards offense, only 44 yards rushing. ASU produced 440 yards, 292 passing and 148 rushing. ASU had no turnovers while Middle Tennessee gave up two interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
ARST
1st Downs1522
Total Yards315440
Passing271292
Rushing44148
Penalties6-438-48
3rd Down Conversions5-138-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers20
Possession27:1632:44

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craddock25/352687.701
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard17/312929.430

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dasher5153.0012
Gee4133.305
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leonard10747.4023
Lawson10575.7122

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Honeycutt11948.5131
Beyah26834.0053
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norman410726.8053
Jones49022.5054

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUARST
TD03:26Reggie Arnold 17 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERMTUARST
FG08:30Josh Arauco 35 Yd 010
TD00:36David Johnson 14 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 017
THIRD QUARTERMTUARST
TD08:35David Johnson 2 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 024
TD02:19Phillip Tanner 2 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERMTUARST
TD12:34Derek Lawson 14 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) 731
TD09:17Patrick Honeycutt 3 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1431