Jonesboro, Ark--I am seeing my first SWAC team in action this evening with Arkansas-Pine Bluff visiting the FBS's Arkansas State out of the Sun Belt Conference.
I hope to see some good action and another close game in this FCS vs. FBS matchup.
We shall see.
I arrived late and we are already at 7-0 with Arkansas State in the lead after they scored on a 21 yard run from Fredi Knighten with 10:33 left in the opening quarter.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff got a first down on their next possesssion but were forced to punt by Tyler Strickland. With the role, Arkansas State started at their own 10.
The Red Wolves are driving on this. Currently, it is 3rd & 2 and David Oku gets 13.
1st &10 at the UAPB 28. David Oku again on a rush for 8.
2nd & 2 at the UAPB 20. ASU QB Adam Kennedy is forced to throw it away.
3rd & 2 at the UAPB 20. Oku again and gets 3.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 17. Michael Gordon gets three on the run.
2nd & 7 at the UAPB 14. Touchdown run on the reverse for the Red Wolves.
PAT is good.
ASU 14 UAPB 0 2:13 left in the opening qtr.
The Red Wolves thus far have dominated the Golden Lions defense thus far. The Lions offense likely needs to do something on this drive to give their defense some rest.
The Red Wolves kickoff goes out of bounds so this is a good start for them.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 46. Smith for a two yard loss.
2nd & 12 at the UAPB 44. Incomplete pass from Ben Anderson.
3rd & 12 at the UAPB 44. Anderson goes deep and again can't connect.
4th & 12 at the UAPB 44. Another punt by Strickland and another impressive one of 50 yards to the ASU 6.
1st & 10 at the ASU 6. SigorneyThorton gains 6 on a rush up the middle.
2nd & 7 at the ASU 9. Thorton again for a 6 yard gain.
3rd & 1 at the ASU 16. Thorton gets the first down with a gain of 5.
That is the end of the 1st qtr with ASU leading UAPB 14-0.
ASU will have it 1st & 10 at the ASU 20 when the second frame starts.
I am doing some scoreboard watching and see Eastern Washington 29-17 over Top 25 FBS ranked Oregon State at the half. I will be keeping an eye on that score as we go on tonight.
1st & 10 at the ASU 20. Pass by Kennedy is tipped and incomplete.
2nd & 10 at the ASU 20. Huge hole up the middle for Oku and a 22 yard gain.
1st & 10 at the ASU 42. 7 yard gain by Oku.
2nd & 3 at the ASU 49. Huge play to Gordon to the UAPB 2 on a swing pass from Kennedy.
1st & goal at the UAPB2. Oku up the middle for the Red Wolves score.
PAT is good.
ASU 21 UAPB 0 with 13:47 left in the opening half.
Not looking good for the Golden Lions.
The kickoff from ASU is bobbled and then returned by Andre Mitchell but ASU is there to cover him up at the UAPB 9.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 9. Anderson with the qb keeper for a nice 13 yard run.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 22. Willie Young on run for a gain of 4.
2nd & 6 at the UAPB 26. Anderson holds onto the ball too long and pays the price with a sack from the Red Wolves. 6 yard loss.
3rd & 13 at the UAPB 19. Delay of game on the Golden Lions for a loss of 5.
3rd & 18 at the uAPB 14. Anderson is sacked again to set up another punting situation.
4th & 24 at the UAPB. Punt is fumbled and Strickland is also run into. The Lions recover the ball at their own 42.
Hopefully a hug play to help the Lions.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 42. Nice throw and catch to Dexter Bryant for a 8 yard gain. But there are two personal foul calls to offset the play.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 42. Pass incomplete to Thomas.
2nd & 10 at the UAPB 42. pass deflected and incomplete.
3rd & 10 at the UAPB 42. Anderson scrambles in the backfield but can't find anyone and is forced to just throw it away.
4th & 10 at the UAPB 42. Strickland lays the punt up nicely but the coverage team can't find the ball and it goes into the end zone with two players there to try to pin ASU inside their own 5. Instead, ASU will have it at their own 20.
1st & 10 at the ASU 20. Knighten with a huge run all the way to the Lion 1. Gain of 79 yards.
1st & goal a tthe UPAB 1. Knighten goes into the end zone to finish this drive.
PAT hits the upright.
ASU 27 UAPB 0 with 9:33 left in the opening half.
The Lions return the kickoff but only out to their own 16.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 16. Nine yard pass from Anderson to Dezmond Beverly.
2nd & 1 at the UAPB 25. Anderson can't hit Cody Swain.
3rd & 1 at the UAPB 25. Time out Lions.
3rd & 1 at the UAPB 25. Anderon keeps it on the option play and gets nothing.
4th & 1 at the UAPB 25. Strickland is punting again. Delay of game on the Lions.
4th & 6 at the UAPB 20. The punt snap goes over the head of Strickland but keeps his head to throw the ball away.
ASU takes over at the UAPB 20. 8:03 to go in the first half.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 20. Oku for 3 on a rush.
2nd & 7 at the UAPB 17. Oku rushes again--this time to the left and goes in for the Red Wolves TD.
PAT is good this time.
Arkansas State 34 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 with 7:23 left in the opening half.
The Golden Lions are in desperate need for something positive to happen on offense now.
The ASU kickoff is downed so the Goldern Lions will have it 1st & 10 at their own 25.
1st & 10 at the UAPB 25. Huge pass play to Beverly of 61 yards..
1st & 10 at the ASU 14. Gordon with a nice 7 yard run.
2nd & 3 at the ASU 7. Smith for just one on the ground
3rd & 2 at the ASU 6. Time out Lions.
3rd & 2 at the ASU 6. Anderson with the qb keeper for just one.
4th & 1 at the ASU 5. The Lions will go for it but will call a time out before the play.