Arkansas St. 44, Louisiana-Monroe 41

Updated: October 4, 2003, 11:14 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas State running back Shermar Bracey rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-41 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Elliot Jacobs threw three touchdowns, as Arkansas State (3-3, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) overcame ULM running back Kevin Payne's 227 total yards and Steven Jyles' 330 yards' passing, including four scoring throws.

Arkansas State sealed the victory with 3:14 remaining when Steven Tookes forced ULM punt returner H.J. Adams to fumble and Jerome Stegall returned it 12 yards for a 44-33 lead.

Louisiana-Monroe (0-6, 0-2) closed to within 44-41 with 1:17 remaining on RoShon Jacobs' second touchdown reception from Jyles. Arkansas State's Johnathan Burke recovered the ensuing onside kick to end the game.

Arkansas State took its first lead at 37-30 with 9:51 remaining on a 6-yard pass from Jacobs -- who entered the game with one touchdown toss in five games -- to backup tight end Manuel Burton.

Arkansas trailed 23-9 after a dismal first half, when it allowed 309 yards and gained just 105. However, two plays within the first minute of the second half turned the game around.

Bracey took a handoff on the left side of the line, hurdled a defender and hit the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown.

Two plays later, Burke intercepted Jyles at the ULM 30 and returned it to the 5. Arkansas State tied the game at 23-23 on Jacobs' 2-yard pass to tight end Mike Brooks less than a minute and a half into the second half.

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