First Reaction to Troy

First Reaction to Troy

What a wild night of offense. The Troy Trojans (2-1) finished with 614 yards on 95 players. It was the most allowed by ASU since the 2005 game vs. Missouri.

The Red Wolves (2-1) recorded 539 yards on 78 snaps. Troy passed for 504 yards on 58 attempts. The Trojans also just ran for 110. The Red Wolves showed balance, rushing for 228 and passing for 311. Adam Kennedy was 20 of 34 for 282 yards. Allen Muse had eight catches for 158 yards and a touchdown.

The difference: It came down to turnovers. Troy had four, three interceptions and a lost fumble. ASU had none. Amos Draper and Rocky Hayes, both Alabama guys, had picks and Frankie Jackson iced with his interception with 55 seconds left. Monsters of the Mid-week: With the victory, Arkansas State has won six straight games on on Tuesday and Thursday. The Red Wolves play UL-Lafayette on Oct. 22.

Flash Gordon: The Red Wolves finished with 228 yards rushing. Michael Gordon led the way with 115 on 8 carries and had two touchdowns. David Oku finished with 80 yards on 21 carries and also scored a pair of touchdowns.

Long balls: No doubt the Red Wolves stretched the Troy defense with a vertical passing game. Allen Muse grabbed a 55-yarder for a score and also had a 27-yarder. J.D. McKissic had a 28-yarder and Darion Griswold caught a 29-yarder.

The other QBs: Fredi Knighten, JD McKissic and David Oku all took snaps in the Wildcat offense. Knighten's touchdown came off a double reverse where the ball was handled by McKissic and Oku. The only other pass was thrown by Tres Houston, who hit Darion Griswold for a 29-yard gain in the first quarter. "We have a lot of guys who think they can throw," said Harsin. "Tres really can."

The crowd: The announced attendance of 26,012 was good for a mid-week game. The 6:30 start on a school night makes things difficult. It also did not help with lightning in the area that did cause one delay. That runs ASU's home average for the season at 28,000-plus.

Special teams: A botched two-point try on the Red Wolves' second touchdown kept that eerie feeling that it might be costly. But Troy returned the favor early in the fourth quarter when a bad snap and ASU pressure led to a missed PAT that left things tied with 12:28 to play.

The punters averaged 40.1 with the highlight being Luke Ferguson's 63-yarder. Paul Jones had a 48-yard punt but also shanked one.

The streak: With the victory, ASU has won 16 of its last 17 Sun Belt Conference games. That is now 8 straight in the SBC, and four straight at Liberty Bank Stadium.

What the others said: "I knew coming in here it was going to be a tough outing and we had to play good and we couldn't do those things to win. We had to stop them in third-down situations and we didn't do that very well."

Up next: The Red Wolves now get 10 days off before traveling to Memphis for a 3:30 kickoff against the Tigers. The ASU players will have Saturday off and begin prepping for the Tigers on Sunday. Memphis is 0-1 and will play Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

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