JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)-Ryan Aplin threw three touchdown passes, Frankie Jackson ran for 101 yards and another score, and Arkansas State rolled to victory in its home opener Saturday, beating Memphis 47-3.
Aplin finished 19 of 21 for 274 yards passing. Josh Jarboe had 162 yards receiving and two touchdowns from Aplin, who also found Dwayne Frampton for a score just before halftime.
Andre Smith took over for Aplin in the second half and hit Derek Lawson for the Red Wolves' (1-1) final touchdown. Bobby Zalud capped the scoring with a career-long 56-yard field goal. Arkansas State piled up 611 yards of total offense.
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Memphis (0-2) quarterback Taylor Reed, making his first career start, passed for just 87 yards and was sacked five times. Paulo Henriques kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Tigers' only score. Akeem Davis had a career-high 11 tackles for Memphis.
Scoring SummaryArkansas St.: Brian Davis 31 yd FGArkansas St.: Josh Jarboe 10 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)Arkansas St.: Josh Jarboe 71 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (failed 2pt rush)Arkansas St.: Jermaine Robertson 8 yd run (Brian Davis kick)Memphis: Paulo Henriques 37 yd FGArkansas St.: Dwayne Frampton 18 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis kick)Arkansas St.: Frankie Jackson 1 yd run (Brian Davis kick)Arkansas St.: Derek Lawson 11 yd pass from Andre Smith (Brian Davis kick)Arkansas St.: Bobby Zalud 56 yd FGTeam Statistics Arkansas St.MemphisTOTAL FIRST DOWNS2813TOTAL NET YARDS611169Total Plays7967Average Gain7.72.5NET YARDS RUSHING23682Rushes4638Average per rush5.12.2NET YARDS PASSING37587Completions-attempted29-3313-29Sacked35Yards Lost-9-26TOTAL TURNOVERS21Interceptions10Fumbles Lost11OTHER Penalties84Penalty Yards10435Time of Possesion33:326:57Punts28Punt Average4543.75Return Yards50108PassingArkansas St.CMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT Ryan Aplin (0)19212743113.0Andre Smith (0)1012101108.4MemphisCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT Taylor Reed (0)132987003.0RushingArkansas St.ATTYDSTDAVG Frankie Jackson (0)10101110.1Sirgregory Thornton (0)76709.6Jermaine Robertson (0)93113.4Andre Smith (0)81401.8Ryan Aplin (0)71301.9Derek Lawson (0)4802.0Rod Smith (0)1202.0MemphisATTYDSTDAVG Billy Foster (0)144603.3Artaves Gibson (0)144203.0Cam Baker (0)1101.0Taylor Reed (0)9-70-0.8ReceivingArkansas St.ATTYDSTDAVG Josh Jarboe (0)7162223.1 Dwayne Frampton (0)675112.5 Rod Hall (0)42506.3 Earl Lucas (0)32408.0 Derek Lawson (0)241120.5 Frankie Jackson (0)21608.0 Julian Jones (0)115015.0 Jermaine Robertson (0)1606.0 Taylor Stockemer (0)1505.0 Kelsey Collins (0)1404.0 Kedric Murry (0)1202.0 MemphisATTYDSTDAVG Tannar Rehrer (0)52404.8 Marcus Rucker (0)43408.5 Artaves Gibson (0)21909.5 Kevin Wright (0)1808.0 Keiwone Malone (0)1202.0