MONROE, La. (10/8/2011) — Arkansas State senior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton set a school record with 13 receptions and the Red Wolves overcame a 13-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 24-19 in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday night at Malone Stadium. With the win, ASU improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in SBC action while ULM slipped to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play.
Frampton’s 13 receptions were good for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown, all coming from quarterback Ryan Aplin who completed 27-of-43 passes on the night for 261 yards and a touchdown.
The Red Wolves scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to take a 24-13 lead with 13:51 remaining, then held on as ULM scored with just under three minutes to play and threatened again in the final minute. Arkansas State’s second-half scoring was sparked when junior Don Jones blocked a ULM punt and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
Arkansas State took a 7-0 lead with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter when freshman running back Frankie Jackson scored on a three-yard run. Jackson’s touchdown run wrapped up an 11-play drive that covered 78 yards.
The Warhawks countered with a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Wells to wideout Brent Leonard less than 30 seconds later, then took a 10-7 lead on a 25-yard field goal from placekicker Justin Manton with 14:13 remaining in the second quarter. Manton added another 25-yarder with 3:36 remaining in the period to give ULM a 13-7 advantage, before ASU used a 30-yard field goal from Brian Davis with 17 seconds remaining in the half to cut the gap to 13-10 at the break.
The Red Wolves then got big plays in all three phases of the game to stretch their lead to 24-13 early in the fourth quarter.
Jones’ punt block with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter gave the Red Wolves a 17-13 lead, and a 51-yard interception return from senior Kelcie McCray set up a 44-yard touchdown pass from Aplin to Frampton with 13:51 remaining in the game.
The Warhawks cut the ASU lead to 24-19 with 2:53 remaining when quarterback Kolton Browning passed complete for a touchdown to wide receiver Leonard from 11 yards out. The two-point conversion failed when Arkansas State defensive lineman Dorvus Woods deflected Browning’s pass attempt at the line of scrimmage.
After Arkansas State failed to pick up a first down on it’s next possession, ULM took over at the Warhawk 19 with 1:55 to play and drove as far as the ASU 27 before turning the ball over on downs, allowing the Red Wolves to run out the clock and seal the win.
Defensively, the Red Wolves were led by junior cornerback Chaz Scales with a career-high 10 tackles. McCray intercepted two passes on the night, cornerback Darryl Feemster added another pickoff. Safety A.J. Hills added nine tackles and a fumble recovery for the Red Wolves and linebackers Nathan Herrold and Demario Davis each added eight tackles, with Davis registering a quarterback sack as well.
The Red Wolves will now return to Jonesboro, where they will host Florida International in a nationally-televised Sun Belt Conference clash set for Oct. 18. Kickoff for the Tuesday night ESPN2 telecast is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.