Red Wolves annihilate Alcorn State

Published 12:33 am Sunday, September 23, 2012

Alcorn State’s latest trip into the Football Bowl Subdivision did not end well.

Arkansas State shredded the Braves’ defense for 396 rushing yards, scored 42 points in the first half, and cruised to an easy 56-0 win Saturday night.

Ryan Aplin completed 12 of 13 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas State (2-2). All three of Aplin’s touchdown passes came in the second quarter, when Arkansas State scored 28 points to blow the game wide open.

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As a team, the Red Wolves were 14-for-16 passing for 238 yards — and that wasn’t even where they did the most damage. Rod Smith ran for 104 yards and a touchdown, David Oku had 92 yards and two TDs, and seven players had at least 24 rushing yards apiece.

Alcorn (1-3), which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, was playing its first FBS team since losing to Mississippi State in 2010.

The Braves finished with 130 yards of total offense. Quarterback Jake Gibbs completed 12 of 23 passes for just 39 yards. Gibbs was also the team’s leading rusher, with 47 yards.

“It was definitely a goal for us to shut them out,” said Arkansas State defensive end Tim Starson. “Our defensive line is really coming together. We wanted to create those turnovers and create a tone for the rest of the season for our entire defense.”

Alcorn will next host SWAC rival Alabama State on Saturday.