DENTON, Texas -- Ryan Aplin rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Arkansas State to a 24-19 victory against North Texas on Saturday night.
Aplin ran for TDs of 13 and 9 yards and tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Dwayne Frampton as the Red Wolves (2-4, 2-2 Sun Belt) built a 21-3 first-half lead.
North Texas (1-5, 1-2) came back with a 1-yard Lance Dunbar TD run and three field goals by Zach Olen to make it a two-point game in the fourth quarter. But Arkansas State got a field goal from Bobby Zalud with 9:40 remaining, and the Mean Green drove no further than midfield on their last two possessions.
Aplin was 14 of 26 for 169 yards passing and ran for 61 yards on 15 carries.
Dunbar rushed for 105 yards on 30 attempts.
No conference approached the SEC's recruiting haul in the secondary, which is loaded with four-star prospects, many of whom will play immediately.
After losing their elite QB and his top targets, the Golden Bears' offense will need time to adjust.
It should come as no surprise that Clemson led the ACC with eight players invited to the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis.
Ohio State will send a contingent of 14 to Indianapolis, double the total of any other Big Ten team.
South Florida coach Willie Taggart will add former NFL quarterback Shaun King to his coaching staff, according to a source, as co-offensive coordinator Danny Hope resigned.
Myles Gaskin and the Huskies offense took off at the end of 2015, and with most of the starting O-line back, the good times should continue for Gaskin.