Senior running back Alfred Morris rushed for 163 yards in Saturday's homecoming loss to Arkansas State
Boca Raton, FL -
Sun Belt Conference leader Arkansas State University spoiled homecoming by earning a 39-21 victory over the Florida Atlantic University football team on Saturday afternoon. The game marked the first on-campus homecoming contest at the FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.
After spotting the visiting Red Wolves a 15-0 lead the Owls got the offense rolling in the second quarter. Senior running back Alfred Morrisscampered in from 13 yards out to put FAU on the board. He had a 39-yard carry to set up the four play, 71-yard scoring drive.
Following an ASU field goal, Morris cut the deficit to 18-14 on his second rushing touchdown of the quarter. He capped a seven play, 62-yard drive with a four-yard carry with 2:49 left in the half. The touchdown broke Doug Parker's school record with 26 career touchdowns.
The Owls would continue the momentum on the opening drive of the second half to take a 21-18 lead with 10:24 left in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Graham Wilbert found freshman wide out Derek Moisefor an 18-yard scoring hook up in the back left corner of the end zone.
Arkansas State regained the lead on a seven-yard pass from Ryan Aplin to Taylor Stockemer. The score gave the Red Wolves a 25-21 advantage with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter.
ASU's Aplin scored on rushing plays from 13 and one yards in the first quarter as the Red Wolves built a 15-0 lead. He later added scores from three and one yards in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Individually, Morris paced the offensive attack with 163 yards rushing - leaving him 22 yards shy of the career school record. Wilbert went 16-of-23 for 147 yards. His main target was sophomore wide out DeAndre Richardson with three catches for 25 yards. Senior Willie Floydalso hauled in three receptions.
Defensively, junior linebacker David Hinds led the team with 16 tackles while Curtis Cross, David Baptiste and Jamere Johnson each added eight tackles. Senior defensive back Marcus Bartelshauled in his fifth career interception in the second quarter.
FAU falls to 0-8 on the season and 0-5 in Sun Belt Conference action. The Owls will travel to rival FIU on Saturday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in Miami. Arkansas State remains unbeaten in SBC action at 5-0. Overall the Red Wolves stand 7-2.
- Wide receiver Tony Moorehas first career kick return in the first quarter.
- Running back Alfred Morrisbreaks the school record for career touchdowns, passing Doug Parker with 26 career touchdowns. The score came on his second score of the second quarter.
- Defensive back Marcus Bartelshauled in his fifth career interception in the second quarter. He passed his brother, Kris, onto fourth place on the career interception yard return list.
- Morris has his second straight 100-yard rushing game and third in the last four games. Saturday's 163 yards are the second-most of his career.