4:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007
4:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007
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.
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.
|3rd Down Conversions||4-14||9-19|
|4th Down Conversions||1-4||0-1|
|TD||13:16||Reggie Arnold 15 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 20 yds, 1:25
|TD||08:47||Rusty Smith 1 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 64 yds, 4:20
|TD||14:15||William Rose 2 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 43 yds, 2:20
|FG||05:37||Josh Arauco 20 Yd |
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yds, 2:08
|FG||01:58||Warley Leroy 33 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 58 yds, 3:34
|TD||09:46||Reggie Arnold 2 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) |
Drive: 12 plays, 60 yds, 5:09
|TD||03:37||Corey Leonard 6 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 72 yds, 4:33
|FG||01:15||Warley Leroy 46 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 35 yds, :00
|TD||13:06||Reggie Arnold 4 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) |
Drive: 2 plays, 5 yds, :47
|TD||09:57||William Rose 56 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Two-Point Conversion Failed) |
Drive: 3 plays, 67 yds, :32
|TD||02:49||Diivory Edgecomb 6 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Rusty Smith Pass To William Rose For Two-Point Conversion) |
Drive: 16 plays, 74 yds, 6:02