Arkansas State vs. FIU final score: Red Wolves defeat Golden Panthers, 34-20

Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Arkansas State defeated the Florida International Golden Panthers Thursday night, handing FIU its fourth consecutive loss.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves (3-3) handed the Florida International Golden Panthers (1-5) their fourth loss in a row Thursday night after winning, 34-20.

Florida International took the lead first in the opening quarter with a 28-yard field goal by Jack Griffin. But the Red Wolves rallied in the second quarter, as the teams traded touchdowns into halftime, with Arkansas State ahead, 14-10.

Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin hit J.D. McKissic down the middle of the field for a 74-yard touchdown play. Seven minutes later, FIU responded with E.J. Hilliard passing to Jacob Younger to the right side of the field for a 19-yard score, the Golden Panthers' first touchdown of the game. A David Oku 1-yard touchdown run capped Arkansas State's scoring run in the second quarter.

FIU was quiet in the third quarter, while the Red Wolves extended their lead with red-zone rushing touchdowns by Aplin and Oku. The Golden Panthers managed just a field goal in the third.

The teams traded touchdowns again in the fourth quarter, but Arkansas State had already established control of the game.

Box Score Hero: Aplin completed 65 percent of his passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. He also recorded 50 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown as your box score hero of the game.

But Did They Cover? Arkansas State was just a 2-point favorite coming in, but blew the lid off the spread with a two-touchdown victory.

Next Week's Schedule: South Alabama vs. Arkansas State / Middle Tennessee State vs. Florida International

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