Scores

Final

Arkansas State 24

(4-8, 1-6 away)

W Kentucky 20

(0-12, 0-6 home)

7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2009

L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 0 3 7 1424
WKU 14 3 3 020

Top Performers

Passing: R. Aplin (ARST) - 146 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Rainey (WKU) - 16 CAR, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Gaebler (WKU) - 4 REC, 66 YDS

Arkansas St. 24, W. Kentucky 20

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Alex Carrington returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown with 3:49 left and Arkansas State overcame a 17-point deficit to beat winless Western Kentucky 24-20 on Thursday night.

The loss extended Western Kentucky's losing streak to an Football Bowl Subdivision-high 20 games. The Hilltoppers (0-12, 0-8) haven't won since Sept. 20, 2008, a 50-9 victory over Murray State.

Western Kentucky took a 20-3 lead on Casey Tinius' 34-yard field goal with 3:22 left in the third quarter. But the Red Wolves (4-8, 3-5 Sun Belt Conference) answered with two scores on a 12-yard run by Ryan Aplin and on his 4-yard pass to J.T. Jordan.

Arkansas State pulled ahead for good when Stanley Wakwe sacked Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes, causing him to fumble as Carrington returned it for the go-ahead score.

Jakes went 12-for-19 for 121 yards for the Hilltoppers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARST
WKU
1st Downs1316
Total Yards247235
Passing146121
Rushing101114
Penalties7-606-61
3rd Down Conversions5-125-15
4th Down Conversions0-30-1
Turnovers23
Possession26:5633:04

Passing Leaders

Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Aplin16/201467.310
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jakes12/191216.401

Rushing Leaders

Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold16472.9015
Aplin13322.5118
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey16704.4124
Hayden5244.819

Receiving Leaders

Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompkins4369.0016
Gillott3279.0016
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gaebler46616.5032
Rainey4317.8013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARSTWKU
TD08:53Tyrell Hayden 9 Yd Run (Casey Tinius Kick) 07
TD00:59Bobby Rainey 3 Yd Run (Casey Tinius Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERARSTWKU
FG07:27Josh Arauco 27 Yd 314
FG00:00Casey Tinius 34 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERARSTWKU
FG03:22Casey Tinius 34 Yd 320
TD00:31Ryan Aplin 12 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) 1020
FOURTH QUARTERARSTWKU
TD05:30J.T. Jordan 4 Yd Pass From Ryan Aplin (Josh Arauco Kick) 1720
TD03:49Alex Carrington 27 Yd Fumble Return (Josh Arauco Kick) 2420