Arkansas State holds off North Texas 30-26
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)Ryan Aplin threw for 240 yards and ran for 122 and two touchdowns to lead Arkansas State to a 30-26 victory over North Texas on Saturday.
Aplin, a redshirt freshman making his third start, scored on runs of 6 and 10 yards as the Red Wolves (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) raced to a 27-0 lead on their first four possessions.
North Texas (2-10, 1-7) closed to 30-26 on a 19-yard pass from Derek Thompson to Jamaal Jackson with 1:25 left.
After Alex Carrington blocked the extra point, ASU's Graham Bates recovered North Texas' ensuing onside-kick attempt.
The Mean Green rallied after trailing 27-7 at halftime. Kevin Dickerson scored on a 25-yard run and Alex Lott caught a 5-yard pass from Nathan Tune to make it 30-20. Lance Dunbar led North Texas with 126 rushing yards and a TD.
Don Jones and Reggie Arnold (111 rushing yards) added scoring runs for ASU.