Scores

Final

Arkansas State 31

(4-6, 2-4 Sun Belt)

Florida Atl 34

(5-4, 4-1 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 7 3 14 731
FAU 7 10 3 1434

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 268 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Arnold (ARST) - 14 CAR, 58 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: W. Rose (FAU) - 4 REC, 71 YDS, 2 TD

Florida Atlantic 34, Arkansas St. 31

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Willie Rose caught two touchdowns passes and also a 2-point conversion pass as Florida Atlantic came from behind win to beat Arkansas State 34-31.

Trailing 31-20, a screen pass from quarterback Rusty Smith to Rose went 56 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to 31-26 with 9:57 left in the fourth.

The Owls took the lead on Smith's 6-yard touchdown pass from Smith to DiIvory Edgecomb with 2:49 left. Smith tossed a pass to Rose for a successful two-point conversion to make it 34-31. It was Smith's third touchdown pass of the game.

The win keeps Florida Atlantic (5-4, 4-1) in contention for the Sun Belt Conference title. They must defeat Florida International and Troy in their final two games to clinch it.

Smith finished 22-of-44 for 268 yards with two interceptions and three touchdowns.

Reggie Arnold scored three touchdowns for Arkansas State (4-6, 2-4). Corey Leonard was 19-of-33 for 131 yards and a touchdown. Leonard also rushed for a touchdown.

After Warley Leroy kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal for the Owls to cut the deficit to 24-20, the Indians converted Florida Atlantic's third turnover of the game into points. Tyrell Johnson intercepted a badly overthrown pass by Smith and returned it 38 yards to the Florida Atlantic 5-yard line. Arnold's 4-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game, gave Arkansas State a 31-20 lead with 13:06 left in the fourth.

Trailing 17-10, Arkansas State scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Arnold's 2-yard touchdown run tied the score at 17 and a 6-yard touchdown run by Leonard made it 24-17.

The Owls took a 14-7 lead on a 2-yard pass from Smith to Rose in the second. Arkansas State closed to 14-10 on a 20-yard field goal by Josh Arauco. The kick followed a fumble recovery by Javon McKinnon at the Owls' 5-yard line.

Florida Atlantic answered with a 33-yard field goal by Leroy to stretch its lead to 17-10.

The Indians scored less than two minutes into the game. McKinnon intercepted a Smith pass on the Owl's 20-yard line. Three plays later, Arnold caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Leonard to make the score 7-0.

Florida Atlantic tied the score on its ensuing possession on a 1-yard run by Smith.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARST
FAU
1st Downs1419
Total Yards256373
Passing131268
Rushing125105
Penalties6-405-56
3rd Down Conversions4-149-19
4th Down Conversions1-40-1
Turnovers13
Possession30:0829:52

Passing Leaders

Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard19/331314.011
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith22/422686.432

Rushing Leaders

Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold14584.1213
Leonard13352.7113
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre14523.7013
Bonner22010.0011

Receiving Leaders

Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dejohnette7375.309
Thompkins4307.5011
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rose47117.8256
Harmon45614.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARSTFAU
TD13:16Reggie Arnold 15 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 20 yds, 1:25
70
TD08:47Rusty Smith 1 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 64 yds, 4:20
77
SECOND QUARTERARSTFAU
TD14:15William Rose 2 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 43 yds, 2:20
714
FG05:37Josh Arauco 20 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yds, 2:08
1014
FG01:58Warley Leroy 33 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 58 yds, 3:34
1017
THIRD QUARTERARSTFAU
TD09:46Reggie Arnold 2 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 60 yds, 5:09
1717
TD03:37Corey Leonard 6 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 72 yds, 4:33
2417
FG01:15Warley Leroy 46 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 35 yds, :00
2420
FOURTH QUARTERARSTFAU
TD13:06Reggie Arnold 4 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 5 yds, :47
3120
TD09:57William Rose 56 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
Drive: 3 plays, 67 yds, :32
3126
TD02:49Diivory Edgecomb 6 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Rusty Smith Pass To William Rose For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 16 plays, 74 yds, 6:02
3134