Memphis Falls at Arkansas State
Sept. 10, 2011
Arkansas State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Brian Davis. A Frank Trotter sack on third down forced the field goal attempt by the Red Wolves. Memphis and ASU traded turnovers on their first two possessions as Bakari Hollier recorded his first career interception for a touchback. On the ensuing possession, freshman quarterback Taylor Reed was sacked and fumbled on the Memphis 16 yard line to give the ball back to the Red Wolves.
ASU widened the margin to 10-0 on a Ryan Aplin 10-yard touchdown pass to Josh Jarboe. Red Wolves running back Frankie Jackson set up the score with a 48-yard rush to the Memphis 12 yard line.
The Red Wolves sprinted to a 17-0 lead on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Aplin to Jarboe. ASU took over on their 29 yard line after stopping Memphis on a 4th-and-1. A 13 play, 82-yard drive capped off by an eight-yard rush by Jermaine Robertson gave ASU a 23-0 lead with 6:29 remaining in the first half.
Paulo Henriques put the Tigers on the board with a 37-yard field goal with 3:57 remaining in the first half. Henriques improved to 9-for-9 in his career on kicks inside 40 yards. Billy Foster rushed for 22 yards on the nine play, 34-yard drive for the Tigers. Foster rushed for a 46 yards in the first half.
ASU would cap off the first half scoring with an 11-play, 90-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Frampton. Aplin finished the half with three touchdown passes and 227 yards passing.
After Memphis was unable to advance the ball following a roughing the passer penalty on ASU, Red Wolves running back Frankie Jackson rushed for one yard and a touchdown to give ASU a 37-3 lead. A 35-yard completion to Jarboe helped ASU to the eight play, 85-yard touchdown drive.
A nine-play, 51-yard drive would increase the Red Wolves lead to 44-3 late in the third quarter. Running back Derek Lawson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass to finish the drive for the Red Wolves. ASU wrapped up the quarter with a 56-yard field goal by Bobby Zalud.
Reed, making his first career start, finished 13-of-29 passing for 87 yards. Marcus Rucker extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 14 and led the Tigers receiving corps with four catches for 34 yards.
Akeem Davis led the Memphis defense with a career-high 11 tackles. Davis also had 1.5 tackles for loss on the night. Hollier returned five kickoffs and logged a career-high 99 yards on returns.
Memphis returns to the Bluff City to host Austin Peay on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.