JONESBORO (8/15/09) - Arkansas State Athletics and ASU-TV are teaming up to let Red Wolves fans choose and then relive some of the biggest moments in recent A-State football history.
Five games from the last five seasons have been selected and placed in a poll question for fans to select as their favorite A-State football moment over that period. Each of those five games will be replayed on ASU-TV during the week leading up to the 2009 season opener against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 5 in Jonesboro.
Fans are encouraged to log onto ASU's official athletics website, www.AStateRedWolves.com, to vote for their favorite game. Then, beginning Aug. 31 and continuing at 7:00 p.m. each night that week, the games will be replayed on ASU-TV Channel 18 in ascending order of the votes they receive in the poll.
The five games up for consideration are:
- ASU 31, North Texas 24 (Nov. 26, 2005) Needing a road win on the final day of the regular season in order to become bowl eligible and stay in the hunt for the Sun Belt championship, A-State gets a late fourth-quarter touchdown to break a 24-24 tie and hangs on for the 31-24 win. Both Antonio Warren and Shermar Bracey eclipse the 100-yard mark in rushing as ASU racks up 442 yards of total offense. The win eventually gave A-State the league title and a berth in the New Orleans Bowl.
- ASU 26, Memphis 23 (Oct. 14, 2006) Now simply known as the "Memphis Miracle," ASU wins on the game's final play when quarterback Corey Leonard's 53-yard Hail Mary pass is caught by Patrick Higgins, shocking the Liberty Bowl crowd of 31,758. The Tigers took a 23-20 lead with 6:40 to play in the game and stopped another A-State drive with an interception with under four minutes remaining. But the ASU defense got the ball back leaving just enough time for the final-play heroics.
- ASU 33, Troy 26 (Nov. 18, 2006) Arkansas State trailed 26-25 when it took over possession with 3:58 remaining. ASU faced a fourth-down-and-eight play with just 1:36 remaining, but Corey Leonard moved the chains with an 11-yard scramble. Then on third-and-goal with only 17 seconds remaining, Cedric Wilkerson scored from a yard out to give ASU the lead. After a successful two-point conversion, the defense sealed the impressive road victory with a Darren Toney interception. Then-freshman Josh Arauco nailed three field goals in the win.
- ASU 35, Memphis 31 (Sept. 27, 2007) In a game delayed almost three weeks due to severe weather, Arkansas State mounted one of the biggest second-half comebacks in school history in front of a frenzied home crowd of 27,774. Trailing 31-6 at halftime, the A-State rally began with an 89-yard punt return touchdown from Kevin Jones with 8:15 to play in the third quarter. ASU then scored three touchdowns on its next three possessions, finally taking the lead with 7:52 to play. The A-State defense, which tossed a second-half shutout to facilitate the comeback, made the lead stick over the final half of the fourth quarter.
- ASU 18, Texas A&M 14 (Aug. 30, 2008) The first-ever football game for A-State as the Red Wolves proved to be a memorable one, as Arkansas State shocked a Kyle Field crowd of 78,691 by knocking off the Aggies in the season opener. The loss snapped A&M's streak of 20 straight wins in home openers and gave ASU its first-ever win over a Big XII opponent. Arkansas State scored only one touchdown, but it was the game-changer, as Corey Leonard hit Kevin Jones in the endzone from 15 yards out to give the Red Wolves a 15-14 lead with 4:39 to play. Josh Arauco's fourth field goal of the night set the final margin with 1:12 to go, and Ben Owens capped the stunning win with an interception in the final seconds.
"This is the perfect way to get A-State fans ready for the 2009 football season. The game that gets the most votes will be aired on Sept. 4, and the new season will get underway the very next night at ASU Stadium," said Brad Bobo, Director of Corporate Sales for A-State Athletics. "This is also a fun and interactive way for us to celebrate the launch of ASU-TV to Suddenlink subscribers in Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and Pocahontas."
Previously available only in Jonesboro and Bay, Suddenlink is now making ASU-TV available to its customers in Lawrence and Randolph Counties. The launch date is set for Aug. 28 to coincide with the football replay countdown starting three nights later.
Season and individual game tickets remain on sale for the 2009 season. General admission season tickets are priced at just $55, with reserved seats priced at $75. Chairback season tickets are on sale for $115 and a special family plan - four season tickets for two adults and two youth - is priced at just $140. To order tickets, contact the ASU Ticket Office at 870-972-ASU1 or the Red Wolf Club at 870-972-2401. Ticket information can also be found online at www.AStateRedWolves.com.