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The Rockets are 3-0 after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 16-12 at Little Rock Sept. 12 and beating Iowa State 30-23 last week. The Rockets may be in the rankings after this week’s game.
The Rockets took advantage of four first half turnovers by the Red Wolves and scored 17 points off those turnovers to build an early 24-0 lead in the game’s first 20 minutes.
ASU’s J.D. McKissic got A-State on the scoreboard with a 92-yard kickoff return following the Rockets’ third touchdown of the half. It was the second kickoff return touchdown of McKissic’s career, and Saturday he accounted for 252 total yards for the Red Wolves. Wide receiver McKissic broke the A-State record for most return yards in a game with 211, breaking the previous mark of 194 by Brandon Thompkins against Tennessee in 2004.
Javon Rolland-Jones gave the Red Wolves a spark of energy after falling behind by 10 points in the first quarter when he picked off a pass at the Rockets’ 6 yard line to setup ASU offense in scoring position. Arkansas State failed to convert however, when Drew White missed a 20-yard field goal.
ASU quarterback James Tabary’s third turnover of the half resulted in a 3-yard touchdown run by the Rockets to push their lead to 24-0 early in the second quarter. Tabary fumbled at his own 3-yard line and Toledo needed just one play to capitalize on the turnover. Another Rockets field goal in the first half followed that.
In the second half Toledo added to its lead with a 44-yard field goal from Jameson Vest to push the lead to 30-7 and then added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown by Terry Swanson.
Turnovers, penalties, a tired defense and missed offensive opportunities all put together gave the Red Wolves a bad day.
The Red Wolves next week play Idaho for Homecoming in Jonesboro. The Idaho Vandals are 1-3 after losing 44-20 to the Georgia Southern Eagles Saturday in Moscow, Idaho.
The Rockets next play the Ball State Cardinals from Muncie, Ind., at Toledo. The Cardinals Saturday lost 24-19 to the 17th ranked Northwestern University Wildcats in Evanston, Ill.
The Missouri State University Bears did not play this week..