Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 0

(8-4, 6-2 C-USA)

Arkansas State 45

(9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt)

3:00 PM ET, December 1, 2012

Liberty Bank Stadium, JONESBORO, AR

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 0 0 0 00
ARST 21 14 7 345

Top Performers

Passing: R. Aplin (ARST) - 238 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Oku (ARST) - 19 CAR, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. McKissic (ARST) - 8 REC, 60 YDS

Arkansas State cruises to second straight Sun Belt title

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Ryan Aplin broke his own Arkansas State record for passing touchdowns in a season and the Red Wolves captured their second straight Sun Belt Conference championship with a 45-0 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

Aplin completed 19 of 21 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns -- giving him 22 TDs to break the mark of 21 he set last season.

Arkansas State (9-3, 7-1) and Middle Tennessee (8-4, 6-2) came into the game tied for first place in the conference, but this quickly turned into a mismatch as Aplin threw two TD passes and also rushed for a 4-yard score en route to a 35-0 halftime lead.

David Oku rushed for 102 yards and a TD for the Red Wolves, giving him 1,024 yards for the season. Arkansas State, which won its seventh straight, had 512 yards of offense to just 203 for the Blue Raiders.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
ARST
1st Downs1226
Total Yards203512
Passing114238
Rushing89274
Penalties4-301-10
3rd Down Conversions6-1310-13
4th Down Conversions2-31-1
Turnovers20
Possession25:4534:15

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kilgore15/261144.402
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Aplin19/2123811.330

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker18734.1023
Kilgore11515.0015
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Oku191025.4119
Aplin66410.7127

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Van Horne34013.3019
Griswould4328.0013
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McKissic8607.5028
Jones15959.0159

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUARST
TD12:22Ryan Aplin 4 Yd Run (Brian Davis Kick) 07
TD07:05David Oku 9 Yd Run (Brian Davis Kick) 014
TD00:00Josh Jarboe 6 Yd Pass From Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERMTUARST
TD09:41Julian Jones 59 Yd Pass From Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis Kick) 028
TD00:23Rocky Hayes 12 Yd Run (Brian Davis Kick) 035
THIRD QUARTERMTUARST
TD09:49Kedric Murry 6 Yd Pass From Ryan Aplin (Brian Davis Kick) 042
FOURTH QUARTERMTUARST
FG14:48Brian Davis 21 Yd 045