Scores

Final

Florida Atl 14

(5-6, 3-2 C-USA)

Arkansas State 28

(5-5, 2-2 Sun Belt)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Liberty Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

1 2 3 4 T
FAU 7 7 0 014
ARST 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: C. Leonard (ARST) - 280 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Arnold (ARST) - 22 CAR, 150 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Thompkins (ARST) - 6 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Arkansas St. 28, Florida Atlantic 14

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Corey Leonard tossed three touchdown passes to lead Arkansas State to a 28-14 victory Saturday over Florida Atlantic.

The Red Wolves (5-5, 3-2 Sun Belt Conference) kept their hopes for a winning season and a possible bowl invitation alive with the triumph. Florida Atlantic (5-6, 3-3), the defending conference champion, will need a victory over rival Florida International next Saturday to become bowl eligible.

Leonard tossed one scoring pass in the second half and Reggie Arnold added a score on a 5-yard run. Leonard, a junior, finished 19 of 27 for 280 yards. Arnold's performance made him the No. 3 all-time career rusher for ASU with 3,022 yards, just 22 yards short of becoming No. 2 all-time.

Arnold is just 19 yards short of becoming fifth all-time in the Sun Belt Conference. With two games remaining, Arnold needs 110 yards to become the first player in school history with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

FAU scored on its first and last drives of the half to forge a 14-14 score at the break.

The first drive, which ended with Charles Pierre's 2-yard run, gave the Owls the lead with 10:57 left in the first quarter. Warley Leroy's PAT kick made it 7-0.

ASU's Brandon Thompkins grabbed a 34-yard touchdown pass from Leonard at the 2:17 mark of the first quarter and Arrauco's PAT tied the score.

Trevor Gillot caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Leonard as the Wolves grabbed the lead. Josh Arrauco's kick made it 14-7 with 14:55 left in the half.

The Owls, with a last minute drive, tied the score on a 3-yard pass from Rusty Smith to Rob Housler with 10 seconds left in the half. Leroy's kick tied the score.

Leonard hit J.T. Jordan with a 2-yard scoring pass on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Red Wolves built a two-score lead. Arnold's TD came with 6:32 left in the third. Arrauco kicked both extra points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAU
ARST
1st Downs1522
Total Yards259482
Passing196279
Rushing63203
Penalties4-396-50
3rd Down Conversions5-1410-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers21
Possession23:2236:38

Passing Leaders

Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith16/381965.211
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard19/2728010.431

Rushing Leaders

Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre12312.617
Edgecomb7263.7018
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold221506.8123
Leonard14332.408

Receiving Leaders

Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gent4389.5013
Pecorella13535.0035
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompkins69816.3144
McLennan56412.8031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFAUARST
TD10:57Charles Pierre 2 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) 70
TD02:17Brandon Thompkins 34 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERFAUARST
TD14:55Trevor Gillott 28 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 714
TD00:10Rob Housler 3 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERFAUARST
TD06:32Reggie Arnold 5 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) 1421
FOURTH QUARTERFAUARST
TD14:54J.T. Jordan 2 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 1428