Offensively, Ryan Aplin (QB), Derek Lawson (RB) and Allen Muse (WR) all made their first career start, while J.T. Jordan (TE) made his first start this season against Florida Atlantic. Defensively, Nathan Herrold (LB) and Jeremy Gibson (DE) both made their first career starts . . . During the FAU game, ASU led at halftime for the third time this season and the first since the Florida International game. The Red Wolves are now 2-1 in those games . . . ASU's streak of nine games without allowing a 100-yard rusher was snapped. Entering the game, ASU was one of just eight teams in the nation to not allow a 100-yard rusher . . . Derek Lawson rushed for 67 yards on nine carries, both his second most of the season. Ryan Aplin rushed for a career-high 82 yards, including a 47 yard run that was the longest of his career and the longest by an ASU player this season. Aplin also completed 20 passes, threw for 168 yards, recorded a touchdown pass and finished with 250 yards of total offense, all career highs . . . Brandon Thompkins, ASU's leading receiver with 35 receptions and 430 yards, caught at least five passes in a game for the fourth time this season, including the third time over the last five games. Thompkins needs six more receptions and 81 more yards to tie his single-season career highs . . . ASU's 176 rushing yards against FAU was its most since posting 276 against Florida International on Oct. 24 . . . Redshirt freshman wide receiver Taylor Stockemer caught his first career touchdown pass during the FAU game, hauling in a pass from Aplin from four yards out . . . Josh Arauco tied his career high with four field goals made and is now 12-of-14 on the season. He has made his last eight attempts. It was the 18th game of his career with multiple field goals and the fourth with four . . . Arauco now needs 15 more points to break the Sun Belt Conference record for points by kicking . . . Redshirt freshman Nathan Herrold recorded a career and team-high 11 tackles during the FAU game . . . The ASU offense needs 239 more passing yards to become the 10th team in school history to pass for 2,000 or more yards . . . Twelve players on the ASU roster are from the state of Tennessee, where ASU plays its upcoming game. Those players include Jaquan Kilcrease (Nashville), Javon McKinnon (Memphis), Greg Hardy (Memphis), Daylan Walker (Milan), Chaz Scales (Franklin), Tausean Holmes (Millington), Julian Jones (Germantown), Justin Robertson (Memphis), Nick Nelms (Germantown), Ryan Carrethers (Nashville), Jonathan White (Franklin) and Khari Mays (Memphis) . . . While ASU picked up a 31-14 victory over the Blue Raiders in Jonesboro last season, Middle Tennessee leads the all-time series that dates back to 1948, 8-2, and has outscored Arkansas State 290-126 in those 10 contests. ASU snapped a five-game skid against Middle Tennessee with last year's win and its only other victory in the series came 13-7 at ASU Stadium durin the 2002 campaign . . . Middle Tennessee won the 1948 and 1949 games and the two teams did not meet again until 2001 as Sun Belt foes.