ASU hopes to get back on track against Louisiana-Lafayette


Senior quarterback Corey Leonard completed 23 passes for 303 yards, both season highs.  Leonard broke the school record for completions with 565, passing Cleo Lemon (1997-2000).  He threw at least one touchdown pass for the fifth straight game and now has 47 for his career, one short of the school record.  Now with 7,255 passing yards, Leonard also became just the second player in ASU history to throw for over 7,000 yards . . . Redshirt freshman Don Jones caught three passes for a career-high 78 yards, which was also the most on the team against Louisville . . . Senior receiver Brandon Thompkins recorded his team-best fourth touchdown reception of the season and has now caught a touchdown pass in four of the last five games.  Thompkins needs one more touchdown reception to tie the fifth most in school history for a single season.  He also finished with a team-high seven receptions and is averaging over five catches per game over the last five games.  Thompkins became the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader in kickoff return yards, finishing the Louisville game with three returns for 56 yards that gives him 2,357 yards for his career . . . Sophomore linebacker Demario Davis recorded at least one sack for the second straight game and now has three for the season, which ties senior defensive end Alex Carrington for the team high . . . Carrington also finished with a sack against the Cardinals and now has 15.5 for his career, which leaves him just half a sack shy of tying the fifth most in school history . . . Sophomore safety Kelcie McCray recorded his team-high third interception of the season and has now intercepted a pass in three straight games . . . ASU didn't record an interception its first three games, but has now picked off at least one pass in the last five consecutive games . . . Junior safety M.D. Jennings recorded a team and season-high 11 tackles against Louisville, which was just two shy of his career best and the third most stops by an ASU player this season . . . Josh Arauco became the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader in field goals made with 51.  The former record of 50 was held by Troy's Greg Whibbs (2004-07).  He connected on both his field goal attempts and has now made multiple field goals in a game 17 times.  Arauco also took over sole possession of second place for the most points by kicking in Sun Belt Conference history with 254 points.


Arkansas State holds an all-time record of 18-18-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette in the series that dates back to the 1953 season.  As Sun Belt Conference opponents, the series is tied 4-4.  The home team has won the game the last eight meetings dating back to the 1999 season, and seven of the last nine meeting have been decided by six points or less, including last year's game that saw the Ragin' Cajuns pull out a 28-23 victory . . . Saturday's game will be the 38th meeting all-time between ASU and Louisiana-Lafayette.  Arkansas State's 37 games played against the Ragin' Cajuns ties the third most against any opponent in school history . . . While Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette have both played as members of the Sun Belt Conference since the league's inaugural football season in 2001, it is not the first time the two teams have shared a league.  The Red Wolves and Ragin' Cajuns were both members of the Big West Conference from 1993 to 1995 and the Southland Conference from 1971 to 1981 . . . ASU has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in eight games dating back to last season.

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