Arkansas State 28

(4-5, 2-1 Sun Belt)

New Mexico St 24

(2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt)

Coverage: ESPN Plus

7:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

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ARST 7 0 14 728
NMSU 7 10 0 724

Arkansas State 28, New Mexico State 24

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Chris Easley ran for 114 yards and a touchdown Saturday night as Arkansas State rallied to beat New Mexico State 28-24.

The Aggies had a chance at the lead with 36 seconds left in the game, but NMSU quarterback Buck Pierce threw an incomplete pass on fourth and 15 as the Indians held the line on their own 18.

Arkansas State then ran out the clock for the win.

Elliot Jacobs had 151 yards passing with two touchdowns for the Indians (4-5, 2-2 Sun Belt).

Pierce had 314 yards passing, including two touchdowns and Ronshay Jenkins had six catches for 126 yards in the loss.

The Indians took the lead for good as Easley ran it in from 11 yards out with 3:23 remaining.

The Aggies (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt) started their last drive from their own 15-yard line with 3:17 remaining. They made it to the Indians' 18.

New Mexico State had taken a 24-21 lead with 9:38 remaining after a quarterback plunge by Pierce from the one-yard line.

The Indians dominated the third quarter on both sides of the line.

Jacobs threw two touchdown passes, one to Mike Brooke for six yards and the other to Jason Wood for 23 yards, giving the Indians a 21-17 lead to close out the third period.

And the Indian defense held the Aggies to 12 yards' total offense in the third.