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Red Wolves secure bowl eligibility with 30-12 win over Texas State

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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 11:35 am

Arkansas State football is now bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive year with a 30-12 victory over Sun Belt opponent Texas State.  The Red Wolves move to 5-1 in the SBC.

The Red Wolves are now in a four-way tie for the top spot in the Sun Belt with Troy, Georgia State and Appalachian State.

“Becoming bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive season is a pretty good way to start the night,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. “I thought we did the things we had to do to win this type of game, from 13 tackles for loss defensively to running the ball better than we have all year to controlling the time of possession and then being really good on third downs without any turnovers.

“It was not really attractive by any means, and it was really cold in nasty weather conditions, but we did what we had to do to win. Maybe the biggest thing was how we handled the quarters when we were right into the wind – we ran the clock, we ran the ball, we got timely stops defensively, and we took their shots when they threw them at us. We played a solid football game in bad weather conditions and came away with a win, so I’m very proud of that and happy to be bowl eligible.”

Junior quarterback Justice Hansen threw for 229 yards in Saturday’s matchup connecting one touchdown pass to junior Kendrick Edwards. Hansen also rushed for 10 yards resulting in two touchdowns.

Junior Warren Wand rushed for 143 yards picking up one touchdown Saturday while also reaching the 2,000-rushing career milestone. Wand averaged 4.9 yards a carry against Texas State.

Arkansas State returns to the road Nov. 25, for a game at Louisiana-Monroe. The contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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