JONESBORO (8/30/09) - Determined by the results of a fan poll located on AStateRedWolves.com, the official Web site of ASU Athletics, this week's ASU-TV replay schedule of some of the most thrilling Arkansas State football games in recent history is set to begin Monday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Five games from the last five seasons were selected and placed in a poll question for fans to select as their favorite A-State football moment over that period. Beginning Monday and continuing at 7:00 p.m. each night this week leading up to the Red Wolves season opener against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 5 in Jonesboro, the games will be replayed on ASU-TV Channel 18 in ascending order of the votes they received in the poll.
Receiving the fewest number of votes and thus airing first on Monday will be the 2006 ASU-Troy game. Airing Tuesday night will be the 2006 ASU-Memphis game, followed by the 2007 ASU-Memphis game Wednesday and the 2008 ASU-Texas A&M game Thursday. Receiving the largest number of votes and airing Friday will be the 2005 ASU-North Texas game, which eventually gave A-State the Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the New Orleans Bowl.
MONDAY, Aug. 31 (7:00 p.m.)
* 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.
TUESDAY, Sept. 1 (7:00 p.m.)
* 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.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2 (7:00 p.m.)
* 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.
THURSDAY, Sept. 3 (7:00 p.m.)
* 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.
FRIDAY, Sept. 4 (7:00 p.m.)
* 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.
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 for ASU's five home games this season remain on sale at the ASU Ticket Office. For more information, 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 AStateRedWolves.com.
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