Scores

Final

Montana State 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arkansas State 37

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2014

Liberty Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 7 0 3 010
ARST 10 3 10 1437

Top Performers

Passing: F. Knighten (ARST) - 219 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: F. Knighten (ARST) - 15 CAR, 104 YDS

Receiving: T. Houston (ARST) - 8 REC, 87 YDS

Arkansas State dominates Montana State 37-10

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Michael Gordon, Terrance Hollingsworth and Johnston White each ran for touchdowns Saturday to help Arkansas State notch a 37-10 season-opening win over Montana State for new head coach Blake Anderson.

Fredi Knighten broke it open late in the third quarter with a 23-yard pass to Dario Griswold to make it 23-10, then Hollingsworth and White each scored on short runs. Knighten was 19 for 29 for 219 yards passing and ran for 104 yards on 15 carries.

The Red Wolves' defense stepped up after Anthony Knight tied it at 7 and held the Bobcats to three-and-outs for the remainder. Arkansas State gained 558 total yards to 228 for MSU.

Leading Montana State rusher Shawn Johnson was sidelined after being speared on the second-half kickoff by Frankie Jackson, who was disqualified for an illegal hit.

Luke Ferguson kicked field goals of 29, 23 and 41 yards for Arkansas State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTST
ARST
1st Downs1023
Total Yards228547
Passing142264
Rushing86283
Penalties7-444-36
3rd Down Conversions2-187-16
4th Down Conversions2-20-2
Turnovers22
Possession32:4527:15

Passing Leaders

Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dakota Prukop14/261425.502
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fredi Knighten19/292197.610
Tres Houston1/14545.000

Rushing Leaders

Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shawn Johnson10333.3020
Trevor Bolton12525.0025
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fredi Knighten151046.9033
Michael Gordon7689.7142

Receiving Leaders

Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Justin Paige15555.0055
Mitch Griebel6396.5010
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tres Houston88710.9029
J.D. McKissic48320.8043

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTSTARST
TD14:19Michael Gordon 42 Yd Run (Luke Ferguson Kick)07
TD5:45Anthony Knight 1 Yd Run (Luke Daly Kick)77
FG1:21Luke Ferguson 29 Yd Field Goal 710
SECOND QUARTERMTSTARST
FG0:05Luke Ferguson 23 Yd Field Goal 713
THIRD QUARTERMTSTARST
FG10:21Luke Daly 34 Yd Field Goal 1013
FG5:26Luke Ferguson 41 Yd Field Goal 1016
TD1:53F. Knighten pass,to D. Griswold for 23 yds for a TD1023
FOURTH QUARTERMTSTARST
TD14:25Terrance Hollingsworth 1 Yd Run (Luke Ferguson Kick)1030
TD9:47Johnston White 1 Yd Run (Luke Ferguson Kick)1037