Scores

Final

Memphis 31

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Arkansas State 35

(2-2, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 27, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 10 21 0 031
ARST 3 3 15 1435

Top Performers

Passing: C. Leonard (ARST) - 255 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Doss (MEM) - 17 CAR, 50 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Dejohnette (ARST) - 7 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Arkansas St. 35, Memphis 31

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Corey Leonard threw for three touchdowns -- all in the second half -- to lead Arkansas State to a 35-31 comeback victory over Memphis on Thursday.

The Indians (2-2) rallied from a 31-6 halftime deficit, shutting out Memphis (1-3) in the second half.

Leonard, a redshirt sophomore, finished with 74 yards rushing and was 16-of-37 passing for 255 yards. Last year, he hit a 53-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play to defeat Memphis 26-23.

The Tigers, coming off a 56-20 loss to Central Florida, had the Indians reeling from the start. They hit a 56-yard pass on their first play and had the ASU defense off stride the rest of the half, in a game that was originally scheduled to be played Sept. 8 but was postponed after several lightning delays.

The Indians' comeback began with Kevin Jones' 89-yard punt return with 8:15 left in the third quarter. Leonard threw scoring passes of 10 yards to Vernon Caitlin, 27 yards to Levi Dejohnette and 1 yard to Preston Brown that put the Indians on top for the first time in the game, with 4:31 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
ARST
1st Downs1724
Total Yards395389
Passing218255
Rushing177134
Penalties11-1114-45
3rd Down Conversions5-1611-17
4th Down Conversions3-50-2
Turnovers02
Possession31:4628:14

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hankins10/211195.700
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard16/372556.930

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Doss17502.919
Pitts11494.5019
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leonard22743.4019
Brown10313.1010

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Black18080.0180
Jones37123.7056
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dejohnette79914.1127
Thompkins38929.7038

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMARST
TD11:27Joseph Doss 1 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 70
FG08:27Josh Arauco 40 Yd 73
FG03:38Matt Reagan 32 Yd 103
SECOND QUARTERMEMARST
TD13:52Steven Black 80 Yd Pass From Dave Thomas (Matt Reagan Kick) 173
FG09:02Josh Arauco 21 Yd 176
TD03:45Matt Malouf 1 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 246
TD01:01Freddie Barnett 88 Yd Fumble Return (Matt Reagan Kick) 316
THIRD QUARTERMEMARST
TD08:15Kevin Jones 89 Yd Punt Return (Josh Arauco Kick) 3113
TD02:13Vernon Catlin 10 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Corey Leonard Pass To Levi Dejohnette For Two-Point Conversion) 3121
FOURTH QUARTERMEMARST
TD14:12Levi Dejohnette 27 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 3128
TD07:52Preston Brown 1 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 3135