New Orleans (KAIT) - Along with the nominees of the SBC 10th Anniversary football team are the nominees for the Top Ten plays. A total of 67 plays were submitted by all schools in the Sun Belt Conference. Each school will then submit their top three plays (as determined by votes from the head coach, Sports Information Director and media representative) to the conference office for a round of fan voting, a vote by the established media panel and a vote by the league head coaches. The list of 27 plays would then be cut to form the Top Ten Plays in the Sun Belt's years of football.
Fan voting for the top ten plays will start October 1st.
The ASU preliminary top plays are below:
Carrington's Touchdown Gives ASU 24-20 Win Over Western Kentucky
With ASU trailing 20-17, senior defensive end Alex Carrington returned Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes' fumble 27 yards for a touchdown with 3:49 remaining to give the Red Wolves a 24-20 victory over the Hilltoppers in the 2009 season finale.
Leonard-to-Jones Touchdown Gives Red Wolves Win at Texas A&M
Arkansas State ushered in the era of the Red Wolves with arguably its biggest victory ever when quarterback Corey Leonard connected with wideout Kevin Jones from 15 yards out to put ASU on top of Texas A&M 15-14 with 4:39 to play, in what would eventually be an 18-14 Red Wolves victory.
Wilkerson's Touchdown Gives ASU 33-36 Win at Troy
Tailback Cedric Wilkerson scored on a one-yard run with 17 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State to a 33-26 victory at Troy, handing the Trojans their first SBC loss and making ASU bowl-eligible.
Neihouse's FG Lifts ASU to Overtime Win vs. FAU
Placekicker Eric Neihouse booted a 21-yard field goal in overtime to give ASU a 3-0 victory over Florida Atlantic in the first overtime game played after a scoreless tie in regulation.
Jones' Punt Return Sparks Comeback Over Memphis
With Arkansas State trailing 31-6 midway through the third quarter, ASU's Kevin Jones returned a Memphis punt 89 yards to spark the comeback in a 35-31 Red Wolves victory over the Tigers. The comeback was the biggest for Arkansas State since 1989, when ASU was down 31-0 at Lamar and rallied to defeat the Cardinals 41-31.
Davis Returns Interception 75 Yards For Touchdown vs. Iowa
Although Iowa eventually held on for a 24-21 victory, ASU linebacker Demario Davis kept the Red Wolves in the game when he picked off a pass from Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown with 14:41 remaining, cutting Iowa's lead to 21-14.
Leonard's Hail Mary Stuns Memphis
With the clock reading :00, Arkansas State receiver Patrick Higgins jumped high in the end zone among a throng of Memphis defenders to catch a 53-yard pass from quarterback Corey Leonard to lead Arkansas State to a come-from-behind 26-23 victory over the University of Memphis at the Liberty Bowl.
Neihouse's FG as Time Expires Lifts ASU to 39-36 Win Over ULL
Eric Neihouse's 35-yard field goal split the uprights as time ran off the clock, giving Arkansas State a 39-36 victory over the Cajuns after the Red Wolves trailed 22-7 in the third quarter.
Warren's TD at North Texas Gives ASU SBC Championship
Tailback Antonio Warren scored on a one-yard run with 30 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State to a 31-24 victory at North Texas, giving the Red Wolves a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship and a berth in the New Orleans Bowl.
Brown's Touchdown Completes Comeback Over Memphis
Tailback Preston Brown took a one-yard pass from quarterback Corey Leonard into the end zone to complete the comeback in a 35-31 victory over Memphis in Jonesboro. Arkansas State trailed 31-6 in the game midway through the third quarter and the win gave ASU its biggest come-from-behind win since 1989, when ASU was down 31-0 at Lamar and rallied to defeat the Cardinals 41-31.