(Saturday, November 7th)
Final Score: UL-Lafayette 21, Arkansas State 18
Jonesboro, AR (Sports Network) - Chris Masson logged a pair of rushing touchdowns as the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns held on to defeat the Red Wolves of Arkansas State, 21-18, in Sun Belt Conference action at ASU Stadium.
Masson carried the ball just seven times, leading to 30 yards on the ground for the Ragin' Cajuns (5-4, 3-2 SBC) as they snapped a two-game slide. Masson also converted 28-of-40 passes for 229 yards as well.
The Red Wolves (2-6, 1-3), losers of two straight and six of the last seven outings, were led by Reggie Arnold who carried the ball 10 times for 38 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the setback. Quarterbacks Corey Leonard and Ryan Aplin combined to hit 11-of-24 for 182 yards and a pair of interceptions.
UL-Lafayette jumped out to a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter as Blaine Gautier hit the end zone on a one-yard scoring run and Masson tallied a seven- yard scoring run.
With just 29 seconds left in the half ASU scored on a 36-yard field goal by Josh Arauco, making the score 14-3 at the break.
Masson's two-yard TD run in the third pushed the advantage to 21-3, enough to hold off the Red Wolves even as Arnold posted TD runs of two and five yards and the team converted a two-point play in what became a three-point decision.
The Ragin' Cajuns ran 27 more plays than ASU and controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes on the afternoon. The Red Wolves hurt themselves as they failed to convert even one of their 10 third-down attempts.
11/07 20:22:31 ET