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(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Arkansas State 24, North Texas 19
Denton, TX (Sports Network) - Quarterback Ryan Aplin totaled three touchdowns to pace the Arkansas State Red Wolves in a 24-19 victory over the North Texas Mean Green in Sun Belt Conference play at Fouts Field in Denton.
Aplin completed 14-of-26 pass attempts for 169 yards and a score, while also rushing for 61 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Derek Lawson added 73 yards on 12 carries for the Red Wolves (2-4, 2-2 SBC), who snapped a two-game slide.
Lance Dunbar rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries for North Texas (1-5, 1-2), which dropped its second game in a row. Chase Baine tacked on 80 yards on 13 carries, while also hitting 9-of-17 pass attempts for 77 yards.
It took just over two minutes for ASU to strike, as Aplin scurried 13 yards to paydirt.
North Texas countered moments later with a 37-yard field goal by Zach Olen.
The Red Wolves, however, took a 14-3 lead after Aplin connected with Dwayne Frampton from 11 yards out for a score late in the opening quarter.
Aplin then scored on a nine-yard run early in the second frame to give ASU a 21-3 advantage.
A one-yard touchdown run by Dunbar and a pair 37-yard field goals by Olen late in the first half pulled North Texas within five, 21-16, at the half.
Olen hit a 27-yard field goal early in the final quarter before Bobby Zalud responded with a 39-yard boot for the Red Wolves midway through the frame. ASU's defense made the lead stand, as the team held on for the 24-19 victory.
10/09 23:17:14 ET