A-State turns back Tulsa to win 29-20
Red Wolves back in the win column after being battered by ‘ Bama
TULSA — Demari Medley picked off a Luke Skipper pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown as Arkansas State held off Tulsa to earn a 29-20 victory on Saturday night.
A week after being routed by Alabama, the Red Wolves put up 415 yards of offense on the road.
Arkansas State quarterback and former Edmond Santa Fe star Justice Hansen completed 20 of 33 passes for 191 yards and ran for another 80 yards, including an 18-yard run for a touchdown.
Blake Grupe kicked field goals of 35- and 19-yards and Marcel Murray scored from three-yards out to help Arkansas State (2-1) take a 13-7 lead at intermission.
Corey Taylor II got the Golden Hurricane (1-2) on the board with a three-yard run to take a 7-0 lead, but they did not score again until Nathan Walker booted a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter to make it 2710.
Skipper fired 10 yards to Cole Neph and Walker kicked a 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 27-20, but Arkansas State stopped Keylon Stokes in the end zone for a safety to put the game out of reach.
With six teams, including Arkansas and Tennessee, beginning conference play this week, the SEC teams will be squaring off, with Alabama and Georgia the consensus favorites to repeat as division champions in 2018.
By the Times Sports Staff