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In the first three quarters, the Red Wolves were ahead twice, tied three times and behind three times.
An early day of hard rain was followed only by an occasional light drizzle during the game. However, a wet field and wet ball made things difficult for both teams.
In the first quarter, after 3 and outs by both teams, an 8-play 79-yard drive concluded with an 8-yard touchdown rush by senior star quarterback Fredi Knighten with 4:04 left in the quarter.
A touchdown by Georgia State running back Demarcus Kirk followed with 1:58 left in the quarter. In both cases the PAT failed, so the score was 6-6.
Near the end of the quarter a 5-play 47-yard drive concluded with a 1-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Michael Gordon with 13 seconds left in the quarte to make the score 13-6.
At the start of the second quarter sacks of both senior GSU quarterback Nick Arbuckle and Knighten were followed by a 66-yard run by Panther wide receiver Donovan Harden and a 25-yard touchdown run by junior tight end Keith Rucker to tie the score at 13-13.
A 3 and out by ASU and a sack of Arbuckle were followed by an interception from sophomore wide receiver Dijon Paschal by GSU’s sophomore cornerback Chandon Sullivan, a touchdown by Sullivan and a good PAT. That made the score 13-20 with five minute left in the second quarter.
Following that was a 2:15 75-yard 7-play drive concluding with a 25-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Johnston White to tie the score at 20-20.
A GSU drive starting at the ASU 25 yard line concluded with a 9-yard catch by junior tight end Keith Rucker to make the score 20-27 with 10 seconds left in the half.
Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter.
An ASU drive that started with a 53-yard punt return by sophomore Blaise Taylor concluded a 3-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver Tres Houston with a good PAT to tie the score at 34-34 with 13:37 left in the game.
An extremely heavy fog at the end of the game made it difficult for the players — and everyone else — to see what was going on.
With 9:47 left in the game sophomore ASU defensive back Nehemiah Wagner intercepted an incomplete GSU pass at the 50 yard line. Soon after that Johnston White scored a touchdown, with a good PAT, to put the Red Wolves ahead 41-34.
After a GSU 3 and out an ASU drive concluded with a 60-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Warren Wand, with a good PAT, to make the score 48-34 with 2:31 left in the game.
Following that Arbuckle was sacked twice, bring the total to five sacks.
The Red Wolves then were able to take a knee and conclude with a 48-34 win. A big howl by the fans followed.
The Red Wolves are now 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. After defeating Ball State 31-19 in Muncie, Ind., the Panthers are 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Arkansas State next plays the Appalachian State University Mountaineers 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Boone, N.C. After defeating the Troy Trojans 44-41 in triple overtime Saturday in Boone, the Mountaineers are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans are 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the Sunbelt Conference.
The Red Wolves-Mountaineers game Thursday likely will decide the Sunbelt Conference championship.
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