NCAAF Game Recap - Georgia Southern at Arkansas State
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:00 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Nov 23, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Georgia Southern (6-5)

3

16

8

6

33

Arkansas State (7-4)

14

21

3

0

38

Arkansas State tops Georgia Southern 38-33
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:08 PM

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Layne Hatcher threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, Kirk Merritt returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score and Arkansas State used a big defensive stand to hold off Georgia Southern 38-33 on Saturday.

Trailing 38-33 with 1:29 left after a missed Arkansas State field goal, the Eagles drove to the Red Wolves' 34, but were stopped on downs.

Hatcher threw TD passes of 32 and 63 yards to Jonathan Adams Jr. in consecutive drives in the first quarter. Tukua Ahoia's fumble recovery set up Hatcher's 32-yard TD pass to Omar Bayless on the next possession. Later in the second quarter after Merritt's kickoff return, Hatcher hit Merritt on a 27-yard TD pass for a 35-19 halftime lead for the Red Wolves (7-4, 5-2 Sun Belt).

Hatcher completed 19 of 24 passes. Adams had seven catches for 158 yards and Bayless, the conference's leading receiver, had seven grabs for 113 yards.

Shai Werts threw three touchdown passes for the Eagles (6-5, 4-3) and rushed for 158 yards on 18 carries, including a 10-yard scoring run. He was 14 of 24 for 175 yards passing and was also sacked for a safety.

Passing

GaSo Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hood 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
S. Werts 24 14 58.3 3 175 32 0 120.7
ArkSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Hatcher 24 19 79.2 4 354 63 0 158.3

Rushing

GaSo Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Werts 19 151 7.9 64 1
W. Kennedy III 19 74 3.9 56 0
ArkSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Jones 10 74 7.4 17 0
M. Murray 13 37 2.8 15 0

Receiving

GaSo Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Michaud 6 96 16.0 32 2
N. Thompson 2 43 21.5 24 0
ArkSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Adams Jr. 7 158 22.6 63 2
O. Bayless 7 113 16.1 32 1

Fumbles

ArkSt F FL
L. Hatcher 2 1

Returning

GaSo KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Liptrot 2 14.0 0 15 0 - 0 0
W. Kennedy III 2 21.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
ArkSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Merritt 2 61.5 1 94 0 - 0 0
B. Bowling 1 25.0 0 25 0 - 0 0

Punting

GaSo Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Beck II 4 157 39.3 44
ArkSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Grace 2 91 45.5 48

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

GaSo ArkSt
Points For 33 38
Total Yards 474 445
Rushing Yards 292 91
Passing Yards 182 354
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/26 19/24
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/1
First Downs 23 21
Penalties - Yards 7/60 7/80
Time Of Possession 19:19 37:37
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 4/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/4 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/39 2/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter GaSo ArkSt
GaSo 5:41 FG Tyler Bass 26 yd FG 3 0
ArkSt 8:06 TD Jonathan Adams Jr. 32 yd pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe kick) 3 7
ArkSt 15:00 TD Jonathan Adams Jr. 63 yd pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe kick) 3 14
2nd Quarter GaSo ArkSt
ArkSt 0:23 TD Omar Bayless 32 yd pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe kick) 3 21
GaSo 6:49 TD Shai Werts 10 yd run (Tyler Bass kick) 10 21
ArkSt 7:03 TD Kirk Merritt 94 yd kick return (Blake Grupe kick) 10 28
ArkSt 8:53 TD Kirk Merritt 27 yd pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe kick) 10 35
GaSo 12:26 SF Team safety 12 35
GaSo 14:08 TD Malik Murray 11 yd pass from Shai Werts (Tyler Bass kick) 19 35
3rd Quarter GaSo ArkSt
ArkSt 5:17 FG Blake Grupe 19 yd FG 19 38
GaSo 8:09 TD Mark Michaud 8 yd pass from Shai Werts (Mark Michaud 2pt pass from Shai Werts) 27 38
4th Quarter GaSo ArkSt
GaSo 10:10 TD Mark Michaud 25 yd pass from Shai Werts (failed 2pt pass) 33 38

Game Information

Stadium: Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, Arkansas
Attendance: 18,319
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