MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Danny Wimprine threw for two touchdowns
and ran for a third score Saturday as Memphis rallied in the second
half to defeat Arkansas State 38-16.
Wimprine completed 20 of 35 passes for 238 yards as Memphis
(3-1) got off to its best start in three years. DeAngelo Williams,
who leads the nation in all-purpose yards, rushed for 108 yards and
a touchdown for the Tigers.
Memphis has won the last nine games in the series.
Arkansas State (2-3) scored on its first two possessions, but
could put little together offensively in the second half. The
Indians were held to 37 yards rushing and 79 yards passing after
Arkansas State dominated early and led 10-3 at the half. The
Indians' first two scores came before Memphis could record a first
Shermar Bracey's 1-yard run capped an opening eight-play,
60-yard drive for Arkansas State.
Following a short Memphis punt, Arkansas State drove from the
Tigers 49 to the 9 before Eric Neilhouse kicked a 26-yard field
goal for a 10-0 lead.
Memphis managed only a 28-yard field goal from Stephen
Gostkowski in the first half.
Memphis used a mixture of Wimprine passing and the rushing of
Williams to build its lead in the second half, scoring on five of
its first six possessions after the break. A pair of third-quarter
touchdowns by Darron White -- a 15-yard pass from Wimprine and a
3-yard run -- put Memphis up 17-10.
Arkansas State's only second-half score came in the third on a
1-yard run by Antonio Warren.
Memphis put together a 21-point fourth quarter to seal the game.
Wimprine's 4-yard scoring run and Williams' 18-yarder built the
lead to 31-16, and Wimprine's second touchdown pass of the day, 2
yards to Maurice Avery, closed out scoring.