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ASU Red Wolves star quarterback Fredi Knighten was back on the field Tuesday night in Alabama after being on the injured list for three games.  (ASU Photo)

ASU Red Wolves star quarterback Fredi Knighten, No. 9, was back on the field Tuesday night in Alabama after being on the injured list for three games. Besides passing for 119 yards he rushed 40 yards. (ASU Photo)

Red Wolves logoMobile, Ala. — The Arkansas State University (ASU) Red Wolves Tuesday night — with star senior quarterback Fredi Knighten back after being on the injury list for three games — were behind the South Alabama Jaguars 21-17 at halftime and 31-20 two minutes into the fourth quarter here at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
But thanks largely to a strong defense, the Red Wolves scored 29 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to give them a 49-31 victory. Watching them in blankets to fight the cold were fans watching a gigantic big screen at Centennial Stadium in Jonesboro.
ASU defense forced five turnovers and registered six sacks in the course of the game. Junior linebacker Xavier Woodson-Luster led the defense with 9.5 tackles.
Quarterback Knighten was 10-17 with 119 passing yards and no interceptions. He also gained 40 rushing yards.
In the first quarter, after the Jaguars scored the first touchdown, Knighten passed to senior running back Michael Gordon with 2:42 left in the quarter, to make the scored 7-7. Soon after that Knighten passed to sophomore running back Johnston White to make the score 14-7.
south_alabama_jaguarsMidway through the second quarter the Jaguars scored again. Then, a 76-yard touchdown pass gave the Jaguars 21-14 lead at halftime.
Field goals dominated the third quarter, with two by Red Wolves junior J.D. Houston and one by South Alabama.
The fourth quarter started with a 75-yard Jaguars touchdown drive two minutes into the quarter to make the score 31-20.
Then it came.
Less than a minute later Knighten connected with senior wide receiver Tres Houston on a 38-yard touchdown strike. The Red Wolves added the two-point conversion on a pass to senior wide receiver J.D. McKissic to make the score 31-28, still favoring the Jaguars; McKissic is from Phenix City, Ala., some 250 miles from Mobile.
Junior Red Wolves defensive back Cody Brown picked off a pass on the next Jaguars’ drive to set up a six-play, 43-yard drive, capped by a Johnston White one-yard touchdown run, which gave A-State a 35-31 advantage with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game
Then Chris Stone recovered a fumble in the end zone after a sack by sophomore defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones to make the score 42-31 with 8:44 left in the game.  South Alabama’s next drive also resulted in an A-State defensive touchdown as freshman defensive back Justin Clifton intercepted his first career pass and took it 37 yards to the end zone to put the score at 49-31.
ASU now stands at 2-4. The Red Wolves next host the Ragin’ Cajuns from Louisiana-Lafayette Tuesday, Oct. 20, at ASU’s Centennial Stadium. The Cajuns are 2-3 after defeating Texas State 49-27 Oct. 10 and defeating Northwestern State 44-17 Sept. 12, both on their home turf in Lafayette.
South Alabama is now 3-3 and next faces the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos, Tex. Texas State is now 1-4, having defeated only Prairie View A&M 63-24 Sept. 12 in San Marcos.
The South Alabama Jaguars have been playing football only since 2009. The school itself was founded in 1963. Arkansas State has had a football team since 1911, two years after the school was founded, except for breaks for World War I and World War II.
The results of upcoming games will determine what, if any, bowl games each team will be invited to.
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Red Wolves running back Johnston White scored the second touchdown in ASU's 4-TD series in the fourth quarter to put A-State ahead 35-21. (ASU Photo)

Red Wolves running back Johnston White scored the second touchdown in ASU’s 4-TD series in the fourth quarter to put A-State ahead 35-21. (ASU Photo)

ASU running back Warren Ward led the Red Wolves in rushing Tuesday night with 59 yards.  (ASU Photo)

ASU running back Warren Ward led the Red Wolves in rushing Tuesday night with 59 yards. (ASU Photo)

Red Wolves wide receiver J.D.  McKissic  scored the 2-point conversion after Tres Houston's toucdown in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.  (ASU Photo)

Red Wolves wide receiver J.D. McKissic scored the 2-point conversion after Tres Houston’s toucdown in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. (ASU Photo)

Linebacker Xavier Woodson-Luster tackles Jaguar Danny Woodson.  Woodson-Luster led the Red Wolves in defense with 9.5 tackles. (ASU Photo)

Linebacker Xavier Woodson-Luster tackles Jaguar Danny Woodson. Woodson-Luster led the Red Wolves in defense with 9.5 tackles. (ASU Photo)

ASU opened Centennial Stadium in Jonesboro Tuesday night for fans wanting to watch the South Alabama game on a gigantic big screen. (ASU Facebook photo)

ASU opened Centennial Stadium in Jonesboro Tuesday night for fans wanting to watch the South Alabama game on a gigantic big screen. (ASU Facebook photo)

Red Wolves fans at Centennial Stadium trying to keep warm (ASU Facebook photo)

Red Wolves fans at Centennial Stadium trying to keep warm (ASU Facebook photo)

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