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GAME 10:  Arkansas State (6-3, 4-1) hosts ULM (6-3, 4-1)
November 8, 2012  l  Liberty Bank Stadium
Jonesboro, Ark.  l   6:00 p.m.
Radio:  EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 FM, flagship)
TV:  ESPNU
LIVE STATS:  AStateRedWolves.com, TapStats

ON TAP: Arkansas State became bowl eligible last week with a 37-19 victory over North Texas and moved into a three-way tie atop the league standings, setting up a key Sun Belt Conference game against ULM this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bank Stadium.  Thursday's contest will be televised by ESPNU, and every ASU game can also be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area with the live radio broadcast accessible through the Arkansas State athletics Web site (AStateRedWolves.com).

THE PRINCIPALS: Winners in five of its last six games, A-State moved its overall record to 6-3 and Sun Belt Conference mark to 4-1 with a 37-19 road victory over North Texas its last time out.  The Red Wolves' four-game winning streak is their longest since ending the 2011 regular season on a nine-game winning streak.  With a least three games remaining, ASU is one victory away from securing back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1986-87.  ULM suffered its first Sun Belt Conference setback of the year last week with a 40-24 loss against Louisiana-Lafayette, which snapped a five-game winning streak for the Warhawks.  ULM now stands 6-3 overall and will bring a 3-1 road record into Thursday's game at Liberty Bank Stadium, where the Red Wolves also stand 3-1 as well.

BY THE NUMBERS . . .

  • 1 more victory needed by ASU to secure back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1986-87.
  • 1 more conference victory needed by A-State to secure a winning Sun Belt record for the fifth time.
  • 1 ASU's 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt by Rivals, ESPN.com, Scout and 247Sports.com.
  • 1 ASU's rank in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing offense (212.1 ypg).
  • 2 ASU players named an SBC Defensive Player of the Week, including LB's Nathan Herrold and Qushaun Lee.
  • 2 A-State players (David Oku and Rod Smith) with a 100-yard rushing game this season.
  • 2 touchdown receptions needed by Taylor Stockemer to become ASU's career leader in the stat.
  • 2-0 ASU record in midweek games this season and 9-3 mark in midweek contests since 2001.
  • 3 field goals needed by Brian Davis to become ASU's second all-time leader in the stat.
  • 4 or more receptions by J.D. McKissic in every game this season.
  • 5 of the last eight seasons, including 2012, have seen A-State achieve bowl eligibility with at least six victories.
  • 5 games this season in which Brian Davis has made multiple field goals.
  • 5 games this season the ASU defense hasn't allowed 200 yards passing.
  • 5.0 yards per rush by A-State, just under the single-season school record of 5.1 set in 1989.
  • 6 receptions needed by Josh Jarboe to become the 8th player in ASU history with 100 career catches.
  • 6.2 yards per play by the ASU offense, which would be the highest in school history for a single season.
  • 7 consecutive road victories by A-State against conference opponents, the most since 1973-75 (7).
  • 7 consecutive winning seasons at Liberty Bank Stadium, including a 6-0 mark in 2011.
  • 8 A-State games scheduled to be televised by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.com in 2012.
  • 9.0 tackles for loss recorded by Tim Starson, tied for the fifth most in the Sun Belt Conference.
  • 9 of the last 10 years the football team has won the Sun Belt Conference Team Academic Award.
  • 9.2 tackles per game by Nathan Herrold, tied for the 2nd highest avg. in the Sun Belt Conference.
  • 12 A-State victories in its last 13 conference games played, dating back to the 2011 season.
  • 12.1 yards per rush by Rocky Hayes, which would easily break the school record for a season by over 3 ypa.
  • 13 receptions by Josh Jarboe against Oregon, tying the most in ASU history.
  • 14 Brian Davis' national rank in field goals made (1.6 per game).
  • 15 different ASU players with a touchdown this season, which is tied for the fifth most in the nation.
  • 15 first-time starters for A-State this season, tied for the 14th most in the nation.
  • 17 combined true freshmen and redshirt freshmen have played for ASU, tied for the 31st most in the nation.
  • 18 receiving yards needed by Taylor Stockemer for the third most career yards in ASU history.
  • 19 statistical categories in which ASU ranks among the top half of the league, including total offense and defense.
  • 21 combined single game, season and career school records held by Ryan Aplin.
  • 21 J.D. McKissic's national rankin in receptions per game (6.7 pg).
  • 23 A-State's national rank in rushing offense (212.1 yards per game).
  • 23 consecutive games with at least one sack recorded by the A-State defense.
  • 29 ASU's national rank in total offense (460.1 yards per game).
  • 33 games all-time versus ULM, the fifth most against any opponent in ASU history.
  • 35 Ryan Aplin's national rank in pass efficiency (146.23).
  • 38 consecutive games with a reception by Taylor Stockemer, tied for the second most in the nation.
  • 60 receptions by J.D. McKissic, the most ever by an Arkansas State freshman.
  • 116 career receptions by Taylor Stockemer, making him one of 7 players in ASU history with 100+ catches.
  • 125 consecutive passes by Ryan Aplin without an interception, dating back to the WKU game.
  • 160 combined rushing yards allowed by the ASU defense the last two games for an average of just 80 yards.
  • 300 yards or more of total offense recorded by ASU in 32 of its last 34 games.
  • 396 pass yds needed by Ryan Aplin to become just the 2nd player in SBC history to reach 10,000 in a career.
  • 400+ yards of total offense recorded by A-State in six of its first nine games.

THE ASU-ULM SERIES: ASU has played ULM 33 times, which is the fifth most in school history among all opponents.  Arkansas State leads the all-time series with ULM 19-14 since the first meeting in 1959.  As Sun Belt foes, ASU leads the series 7-4 after picking up a win over the Warhawks the last two seasons, including a 24-19 victory in Monroe last year.
ASU-ULM ALL-TIME SERIES:  ASU leads 19-14
ASU-ULM ALL-TIME SBC SERIES:  ASU leads 7-4
ASU at ULM (SBC SERIES ONLY):  tied 3-3
ULM at ASU (SBC SERIES ONLY):  ASU leads 4-1

OLD TIES:  While Arkansas State and ULM have met the past 11 seasons as Sun Belt Conference opponents, it is not the first time the two teams have shared a league. Both the Red Wolves and the Warhawks were members of the Southland Conference at the same time from 1982-86.

A-STATE vs. THE SUN BELT: A-State is 75-64-1 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.  Since the league's inaugural football season in 2001, the Red Wolves hold a 46-37 on-field record against all opponents that have been a member of the league.  Against current members of the conference, ASU is 41-33 since 2001.  The Red Wolves hold their most all-time victories against Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette with 19 against both.  The Red Wolves have defeated every team in the SBC since the football league was formed.

AN A-STATE VICTORY WOULD . . . :  Secure back-to-back winning seasons for the Red Wolves for the first time since 1986-87 . . . Guarantee the Red Wolves a winning home record for the eighth consecutive season . . . Secure the Red Wolves a winning Sun Belt Conference record for the fifth time . . . Give it 10 victories over its last 11 home games . . . Make it 10-3 in midweek games since joining the Sun Belt in 2001, including a 3-0 record this year . . . Be its third straight against ULM and give the Red Wolves their 20th all-time victory against the Warhawks, which would be their most all-time against a current Sun Belt member . . . Give it 13 wins over its last 14 conference games . . . Give the Red Wolves their second most wins ever since joining the FBS in 1992, behind only their 10 posted last season.

CODE RED:  A Code Red alert has been issued by proclamation from the mayor of the City of Jonesboro and will be in effect for this Thursday's (Nov. 8) Arkansas State football game versus Louisiana-Monroe.  Red has been designated as the official game day color for the ESPNU televised gridiron matchup and the City of Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin is encouraging everyone to not only attend the A-State football game but show their Red Wolves pride by wearing red-colored apparel in his proclamation.

GAME PROMOTIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:  A number of pregame festivities are planned for Thursday, which include a performance by the Jonesboro Firefighters Pipes and Drums along with USA military recognition, and a flag presentation by the ASU ROTC . . . Holt AgriBusiness is the game sponsor and will give away a Rally Towel to the first 6,000 fans in attendance . . . As part of the Code Red and Hero Day, all military, fire, police, medical, and emergency service personnel will be admitted free with uniform or proper ID.  All guests and family members will be admitted to the game at the $9 group rate per individual . . . Prior to the contest, the traditional Red Wolf Walk will commence at 3:45 p.m. (CT).  This Thursday has also been designated ASU Student Appreciation Day with a student tailgate featuring a live band to begin at 2 p.m. (CT) in the Pines on the east side of Liberty Bank Stadium.  A-State students with proper  ID attending this Thursday's game will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last and have an opportunity to win one of two 32" flat screen televisions along with several other gift cards and prizes.

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