Red Wolves get by Idaho

Friday, October 18, 2013

Arkansas State used three fourth quarter scores to pull away from Idaho for 48-24 victory. Idaho had cut the lead to 31-24 but J.D. McKissic electrified the crowd with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that knocked the air out the Vandals.

Arkansas State' Darion Griswold takes an Idaho defender into the end zone with him as he catches his second touchdown pass in the Red Wolves Homecoming win this past Saturday at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

ASU got of the gate quickly as Adam Kennedy hit Julian Jones for an 80-yard touchdown on the Red Wolves first play of the game. Brian Davis added the first of his six extra-points to make it 7-0 11 seconds in to the game. Kennedy found McKissic for a 13-yard touchdown with just under eight minutes left. The point-after was good to make it 14-0 ASU. Idaho got on the board with a four-yard touchdown run from James Baker with 1:29 left in the opening quarter. Austin Rehkow was good on the extra-point to make 14-7 ASU after the one quarter of play.

It was all Red Wolves in the second quarter as they scored 10 points to take a 24-7 lead into the half. Davis booted a 38-yard field goal to make it 17-7 with 6:43 left in the second quarter. Kennedy then found his tight end Dario Griswold for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 2:13 left before half. The successful extra-point made it 24-7 Red Wolves.

ASU stretched their lead to 31-7 as Kennedy found Griswold again with a one-yard touchdown pass at the 10:48 mark of the third quarter. Idaho got a 28-yard field goal from Rehkow to make it 31-10 with 7:09 left. The Vandals cut it to 31-17 with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Davis to Dezmon Epps with 4:09 left in the third quarter.

Baker capped of nine play 74 yard Idaho drive with a one-yard touchdown run 38 seconds into the fourth quarter to make the score 31-24. McKissic then took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 98-yards for a score putting ASU up 38-24. Davis added a 21-yard field goal with just over six minutes left and David Oku scored on a three-yard run with two and half minutes left to set our final at 48-24.

Sirgregory Thornton led the Red Wolves rushing attack with 86 yards on 13 carries. Oku finished with 70 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Kennedy completed 22 of 42 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns and one interception. McKissic caught 9 passes for 80 yards a touchdown, Griswold nabbed 5 balls for 89 yards and two touchdowns while Jones had four receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Qushaun Lee finished with 15 tackles as Kyle Coleman recorded nine tackles. Ryan Carrethers, Chirs Odom and Dexter Blackmon each had a sack. Rocky Hayes had an interception for ASU.

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