MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Ryan Aplin threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas State defeated Middle Tennessee 45-19 on Saturday.
Aplin was 25 of 57 passing for 294 yards and ran for 41 more on 15 carries.
Aplin's 21-yard TD pass to Anthony Kincy started a 17-point scoring streak for the Red Wolves (9-2, 7-0 Sun Belt Conference).
Frankie Jackson scored on an 8-yard run and Brian Davis kicked a 24-yard field goal to give Arkansas State a 25-2 lead with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
Middle Tennessee (2-8, 1-5) made it 25-19 on Jeff Murphy's 12-yard pass to Sancho McDonald, but Jackson (2 yards), Jermaine Robertson (30 yards) and Aplin (2 yards) all ran in touchdowns for Arkansas State, to seal it.
The Red Wolves finished with 536 yards of total offense, and held the ball for almost 10 more minutes than the Blue Raiders (34:31-25:29).
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian and called it "very difficult" while also defending his handling of the situation.
University of Texas longhorn steer mascot Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with cancer and will retire. The steer, whose given name is Sunrise Studly, was diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus.
Tennessee running back John Kelly was taken to the hospital as a precaution and released after getting hurt during the Volunteers' Tuesday afternoon practice.The injury was not specified.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
A former Texas A&M football recruit randomly attacked a jogger, using a "large-bladed knife" to repeatedly strike the man and lodging the weapon in his head, according to police documents.