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Red Wolves defeat the NMSU Aggies in Sun Belt matchup

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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:00 pm

The Arkansas State Red Wolves remain undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference with a 37-21 victory over New Mexico State. A-State is now 4-0.

Junior quarterback Justice Hansen set a school record for the most touchdowns scored in a single game at four. Hansen’s four touchdown passes in Saturday night’s matchup gave him 25 touchdown passes on the season.

“Justice made a couple of really big throws late and they were coming from everywhere,” said A-State Head Coach Blake Anderson. “It was one of those nights where he was frustrated early, but I thought he did a good job of staying calm. We came out after halftime and got back to some basics and got him back on track and talked about limiting the turnovers. I know the turnovers will eat him up all the way home, but overall another really good performance from Justice on a night where we needed it from him.”

Hansen went 14 of 25 on the night racking up a total of 297 passing yards.

“We took forever to get going on offense and kept ourselves behind the chains all night long, but at the end of the day we went on the road against a team I think is playing really well and we were able to find a to get the job done on a night where things didn’t necessarily go the way we had planned at times,” Anderson said. “I’d rather have an ugly win than a pretty loss any day. I really thought our special teams did a really good job. The penalties were brutal for us, but we have to learn from that and move on. It was an ugly team win against a really good football team and we’ll take it. It will make you old, but we will take it.”

Redshirt sophomore Omar Bayless and senior Chris Murray each snagged two touchdown catches. Bayless had four catches for 73 yards in addition to his two scores while Murray had four receptions for 59 yards.

Junior Justin Clifton lead the Red Wolves defense with 11 tackles followed by Ja'von Rolland-Jones and Kyle Wilson who both had eight a piece.

Rolland-Jones had three sacks in Saturday’s matchup and has now taken over second place for the most sacks in NCAA history at 38.5.

The Red Wolves have an open weekend before they travel to Mobile, Alabama to take on the South Alabama Jaguars on Nov. 11.

Game time and television for the game will be announced at a later date.

 

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