NCAA Game Summary - Florida International at Arkansas State|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Arkansas State 27, Florida International 24
Jonesboro, AR (Sports Network) - Josh Arauco knocked through a 32-yard field
goal with two seconds remaining in regulation to give the Arkansas State
Indians a thrilling 27-24 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers
in Sun Belt Conference action at Indian Stadium.
The Indians (4-5, 2-3 Sun Belt) were led by Reggie Arnold who posted 120 yards
rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Travis Hewitt converted 19-
of-30 for 174 yards and survived five sacks as the team snapped a two-game
The Golden Panthers (0-9, 0-4) saw the nation's longest losing streak stretched
to 21 games with the narrow setback. Wayne Younger kept the team close by
hitting 9-of-19 passing for 110 yards and two touchdowns, but he was taken down
twice and threw a pair of interceptions as the squad let a winnable game escape
Arauco scoring the first points of the game for ASU when he converted a 26-yard
field goal with just 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Early in the second the Golden Panthers cut into the deficit by recording a
team safety and then moved out to a 9-3 advantage thanks to an 80-yard punt
return for a touchdown by Lionell Singleton.
On the first series of the second half a Younger pass was picked off by Darren
Toney and returned 17 yards for a score, pushing the Indians back ahead by a
With 3:02 to play in the third period Younger made up for his miscue by hitting
Jeremy Dickens with a four-yard touchdown pass, making the score 16-10.
Touchdown runs of 18 and 31 yards by Arnold less than two and a half minutes
apart late in the frame provided ASU with what appeared to be an insurmountable
Refusing to give up easily, Florida International marched right down the field
on eight plays, with a 29-yard scoring strike going to Greg Ellingson from
Younger. Needing a successful two-point conversion to knot the score at 24-24
with 48 seconds to play, Younger scrambled to keep the play alive and
eventually found Moses Hinton in the end zone.
Poor kickoff coverage by the Golden Panthers, in addition to a penalty, gave
the Indians the ball deep in FIU's zone, providing Arauco the opportunity for
the game winner.
Despite controlling the ball for barely two minutes in the opening quarter and
gaining just 250 yards of offense on the afternoon, FIU nearly pulled off the
unlikely victory on the road.
The Golden Panthers have gone without a victory since they defeated Middle
Tennessee by a score of 35-31 back on December 3, 2005. Since that time FIU has
dropped 11 consecutive league outings.
11/03 19:22:21 ET