There is some chance the Rockets could reach the 40s, but the chances of Arkansas State getting zero points is … well, almost zero!
Like UT, the Red Wolves are an explosive team that can move the football and put a lot of points up on the board.
Consider - Arkansas State:
► Averages 36. ppg (22nd, FBS).
► is 21st nationally in total offense (477.2 ypg)
Moreover, the Red Wolves are far from one-dimensional, especially when the offense is rolling.
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That regular season finale points to the people who keep the chains moving. Here is a look at the Red Wolves, including the final regular season game for A-State, which is appearing in its fourth straight Movile-based bowl game.
► RB Michael Gordon (#34, 5-9, 187, Jr) carried 18 times for 143 yards (7.9 ypc) and three touchdowns against NMSU. He is the Red Wolves rushing leader with 149 carries for 1,064 yards (7.1 ypc) and 13 TDs on the campaign. His 14 total touchdowns leads the team.
► Johnston White (#30, 5-11, 180, So) totaled 110 yards on 12 carries against the Aggies. It was the second time all season that the sophomore was able to reach at least 100 yards.
► QB Fredi Knighten (#9) completed 15-of-21 for 295 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions against the Aggies, who finished the year at 2-10, 1-7 Sun Belt. The 189-pound junior completed 246-of-401 (61.3%) for 2,874 yards with 19 TDs and 7 interceptions during the regular season. He was sacked 29 times.
Knighten actually had more yards rushing (153) than Gordon against New Mexico State. It was by far his biggest day as a runner, and he had lows of five yards against Miami (Fla) and six versus Utah State. Knighten eclipsed 60 yards rushing in seven of 10 A-State games. His 12-game total was 195 carries for 775 yards (4.0 ypc) and 11 touchdowns.
► Tres Houston (#15, 6-2, 188, Jr) went over 100 yards receiving (4 catches, 102 yards) for the first time all season in A-State’s final regular season contest. His highest catch total was eight grabs for 87 yards in Week One against Montana State (37-10 A-State win). Houston’s 51 receptions is a team high and he has three TDS. Freshman Dijon Paschal (6-1, 196) actually has more receiving yards (642) and more touchdowns (4) off of 37 catches. Two of the TDs and 141 yards came in an eight-catch game against Louisiana-Lafayette back in October.
► Freshman Logan Spry worked his way into the place-kicking picture by the final two games. He converted both of his only field goal tries (18- and 28-yards) against Texas State. He made all three PAT kicks in that game and all eight in the finale against NMSU.
► Luke Ferguson recorded 52 punts on the year, averaging 41.5 yards with a long of 69 and five over 50 yards. He had three boots for an average of 48.3 yards (and the long of 69) against New Mexico State. Backup QB Stephen Hogue, meanwhile, averaged 45.5 yards on 11 punts during the regular season.
► Linebacker Qushaun Lee (5-11, 225, Sr) leads the Red Wolves with 96 tackles (70 unassisted). He has 7.0 TFL, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Xavier Woodson (6-1, 214), meanwhile totaled 86 stops (61 UA) with 9 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 recovered fumble.
► Joining Lee with the team lead in interceptions (4) is Artez Brown. He and Andrew Tryon both recorded interceptions against the Aggies, with Tryon taking his back 46 yards for a score.