Troy 9

(3-3, 1-2 Sun Belt)

Arkansas State 13

(2-5, 2-1 Sun Belt)

7:00 PM ET, October 16, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
TROY 6 3 0 09
ARST 0 7 0 613

Top Performers

Passing: N. Noce (ARST) - 114 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Betterson (TROY) - 26 CAR, 124 YDS

Receiving: P. Higgins (ARST) - 1 REC, 42 YDS, 1 TD

Arkansas State 13, Troy 9

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas State kicker Eric Neihouse hit two fourth-quarter field goals to led the Indians to a 13-9 comeback victory over Troy State on Saturday in a Sun Belt Conference game.

Neihouse's 27-yard field goal with 12:44 left gave Arkansas State (2-5, 2-1) a 10-9 lead and his 24-yard field goal with 1:35 left put the Indians ahead by the final margin.

"We made the plays we needed to make critical times in order to win," ASU coach Steve Roberts said. "I thought there were several big things that occurred in the ball game. One, Eric Neihouse put through two key field goals and gave us a four-point lead which I thought was huge.

"Then, there were the three turnovers the defense got for us. I thought those were huge. We had fumbles that we recovered there. And, then there was Alex Peoples' interception. We were able to capitalize and get points on two of those turnovers."

Both of his field goals came after big plays by the Indian defense, which turned in a season best showing by allowing the Trojans (3-3) just nine points. The leading score came after Arkansas State's Josh Williams had stopped Troy State on the next-to-last play of the third quarter.

The field goal was set up when Alex Peoples forced and recovered a fumble from DeWayne Batterson with 6:36 left. The drive was kept alive when Jason Wood caught a pass for a 3-yard gain after it was deflected twice.

"The defense and special teams played good enough to win, but our offense was basically off," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "(Arkanas State) had a couple of good things happen for them to be able to get down the field for the last score."

The Indians did little in the first half against the Trojan defense, but did manage to capitalize on the only turnover of the half for a brief lead. Williams' hit on Aaron Leak forced a fumble that Quinton Thomas recovered with 4:14 left in the half.

After an Antonio Warren 5-yard gain, Nick Noce hit freshman Patrick Higgins for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 4 minutes left in the half. Eric Neihouse's kick gave the Indians a 7-6 lead. Troy State responded with a quick-strike seven-play 70-yard drive that ended with Greg Whibbs' 36 yard field goal with 24 seconds left to regain the lead.

The Trojans had taken the lead late in the first quarter on a 6-yard pass from Leak to Greg Whibbs. The extra point kick was blocked by Brian Flagg leaving the lead at 6-0 with 1:29 left in the quarter.