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.