JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas State became the first major college team in three seasons to score 80 points, beating Texas Southern 83-10 Saturday in the second-highest scoring performance in school history.
Corey Leonard threw four touchdowns passes for Arkansas State. The Red Wolves (2-0) set a stadium record for points and turned in the second-best scoring performance in school history, topped only by the 101 against Central Arkansas in 1917. In 1987, ASU scored 77 against East Texas State to set the school record.
Texas Tech was the last major college team to reach 80 in a game, scoring exactly 80 against Sam Houston State on Sept. 17, 2005.
It didn't take long for the Red Wolves to put the game away before a crowd of 21,741. Three plays into the game they had the lead as Leonard hit a wide-open David Johnson for a 53-yard scoring pass at the 13:41 mark. Josh Arauco's extra point made it 7-0.
Two minutes later, Leonard hit tight end Trevor Gillott for a 39-yard scoring play. Arauco's extra point made it 14-0. A minute later, Javon McKinnon picked up a fumble force by Ben Owens and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. Arauco's third kick made it 21-0.
The Red Wolves went up 24-0 on Arauco's 33-yard field goal at the 7:14 mark.
Leonard finished 9 of 10 passing for 229 yards. He added a 2-yard pass to Jeff Blake and a 35-yard pass to David Johnson, both in the first half. He also had 21 yards rushing.
Reggie Arnold, who rushed for 123 yards on eight carries, scored on runs of 2 and 56. Derek Lawson, who gained 211 yards on 18 carries, scored on a 5-yard run. Travis Hewitt scored on an 8-yard run, Blake added a 15-yard score and Delano Davis scored a touchdown on a 53-yard fumble return.
Arauco added a 30-yard field goal and was perfect on 11 extra points.
Texas Southern (0-2) scored on a 34-yard field goal by Robert Hersh in second quarter and a 32-yard pass from Bobby Reid to William Osbourne.