Red Wolves battle wind and feral Bobcats to earn a win over Texas State.
The Red Wolves grind out a victory.
It was absolutely the windiest day I’ve ever endured at Centennial Bank Stadium.. Listen, blustery wind is just a fact of life in northeast Arkansas. But this wind was jacked, man. Pontiac Sunbirds were rolling across Red Wolves Boulevard like tumbleweeds. I could have taken a kite to the press box.
Anyway, the windy conditions likely inspired the Red Wolves to record its only second 100-yard rusher of the season – Warren Wand with 145 yards and a score on 29 carries. Quarterback Justice Hansen, who threw four picks last week against South Bama, escaped with a clean bill (229 yards, 1 passing TD on no picks) despite watching several of his passes get grabbed by the breeze and pulled over the horizon.
The monster defense dialed the menace up to 1,000,000%, mercilessly applying upon the Bobcats a season high 16 TFLs, including three from linebacker Kyle Wilson, who also chipped in seven teeth-loosening tackles. The defense held the Bobcats to 200 total yards and two scores, surrendering the occasional big run play but cooling down QB Damian Williams for 103 yards and two total TDs).
This wasn’t exactly a game for the ages
Neither the Red Wolves nor the Bobcats played inspired football, due in some part to the gusty conditions – both teams feature pass-first offenses. The Red Wolves were able to better adapt thanks to Wands’ grind-it-out performance with contributions from running backs Johnston White (27 yards) and Chuancy Mason (39).
Arkansas State is Bowl eligible again
The 6-3 Red Wolves earn its another season of bowl eligibility, a streak begun in 2011 under then head coach Hugh Freeze. The 7 consecutive year of bowl eligibility is a state record.
Playas of the Game, Yo
Warren Wands’ grueling ground game (which took him to over 2,000 yards in his career) and Kyle Wilson’s punishing hits proved too much for the Bobcats to overcome. Wilson was especially dynamic, seeming to be the principle suspect in every instance of carnage.
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones Watch
JRJ picked up two sacks in the first half, leaving him 3 shy of the FBS record for sacks with two games to play.
The Red Wolves run to Monroe to face the high scoring Warhawks. Texas State takes on Troy.
A former notary public, Jeremy Harper is a professional writer and Chief Instigator for Storm the Castle Creative. He spends much of his free time staring blankly into space.