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Warford, Hayes help Memphis gains first win with 31-7 victory over Arkansas State

Marquis Warford rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown, Brandon Hayes added 114 yards and another score as Memphis won its first game of the season with a 31-7 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.

The Tigers (1-2) showed an offensive game unseen in its opening two losses, finishing with 505 yards of total offense.

The Memphis offense wasn't the only impressive part of the Tigers game. The defense held the Red Wolves (2-2) to 255 yards of offense. Memphis defensive end Martin Ifedi had 10 tackles, including 4.5 for losses.

Arkansas quarterback Adam Kennedy finished 20-of-37 for 166 yards, and threw his first interception of the year. J.D. McKissic scored the only Arkansas State touchdown on a 15-yard pass from reserve quarterback Fredi Knighten.

Red Wolves running back David Oku, who entered the game averaging 82 yards a game, finished as the leading rusher with 45 yards.