JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)Josh Arauco kicked three field goals as Arkansas State defeated Louisiana-Monroe 37-29 in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday night.
Arauco hit field goals of 27, 26 and 44 yards for the Red Wolves (4-2, 2-0). Arauco, who has not missed a field goal this season, has made a school record 12 straight.
After leading 27-14 at the half and 37-14 in the third quarter, ASU held off a Louisiana-Monroe (1-5, 0-2) rally for the victory.
The Red Wolves' Marcus Brown returned a fumble 71 yards for a touchdown and Arauco added a 44-yard field goal with 14:54 left for the 37-14 ASU lead.
The Warhawks rallied on a 25-yard pass from Kinsmon Lancaster to Frank Goodin, a two-point PAT pass from Lancaster to Darrell McNeal, and a 1-yard touchdown pass from Lancaster to Zeek Zacharie with 7:31 left. Radi Jabour's extra point kick made it a one-score game.
The Warhawks had one more possession but that ended on downs at the ULM 49 with 2:27 left when Khari Mays deflected Lancaster's pass. The Red Wolves ran out the clock from there. ASU finished with 391 yards offense and ULM had 396.
The Red Wolves dominated the first half and led 27-14 at halftime. They had 269 yards to ULM's 146. The Warhawks had 29 yards rushing.
ASU opened the scoring with Jahbari Mclennan going 63 yards on an end around with 3:45 left in the first quarter. Arauco's extra point made it 7-0.
The Warhawks answered quickly with K. Lancaster hitting Darrell McNeal on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Radi Jabour kicked it 7-7.
Arauco's 27-yard field goal regained the lead for ASU at 10-7 on the first play of the second quarter.
The Red Wolves answered with Corey Leonard scoring on a 3-yard run with 6:40 left. Arauco again kicked the PAT.
Set up by Cordarious Wingo's interception, Arauco, a junior from Grand Prairie, Texas, kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4:42 left.