GAME 9: Arkansas State Red Wolves (4-4, 2-1) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (5-4, 3-1)
Nov. 9, 2013 | Malone Stadium
Monroe, La. | 6:00 p.m.
Radio: EAB Red Wolves Sports Radio Network (107.9 FM, flagship)
Live Stats: AStateRedWolves.com
ON TAP: Arkansas State concludes a two-game road swing Saturday when it travels to Monroe, La., to play Sun Belt Conference preseason co-favorite ULM in the third of six consecutive league contests to close out the regular season. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN3.com. Every A-State game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area as part of the EAB Red Wolves Sports Radio Network, and the live radio broadcast can be accessed through the A-State athletics Web site (AStateRedWolves.com).
THE PRINCIPALS: The winner of Saturday's game between A-State and ULM will have sole ownership of second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings. The Red Wolves improved to 2-1 in league play last week with a 17-16 road win over South Alabama, while ULM won its third straight game with a 49-37 victory at Troy. A-State will carry a nine-game road winning streak against Sun Belt opponents into the contest, while the Warhawks are 2-2 at Malone Stadium this season.
BY THE NUMBERS . . .
1 of just 16 FBS programs to win at least 20 games over the last two years (2011 & 2012).
1 receiving touchdown needed by Allen Muse to tie the 9th most (9) in school history.
1 rushing touchdown needed by David Oku to tie the seventh most (22) in school history.
1.4 passes defended per game by Rocky Hayes ranks 13th in the nation.
3 ASU was picked to finish 3rd in the preseason Sun Belt Coaches Poll with 45 pts. and 2 first-place votes.
3 consecutive seasons with a victory over the top team in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll.
3 consecutive games with double-figure tackles by Qushaun Lee (14.7 tpg over that span).
3 A-State players (Davis, Hayes, McKissic) ranked 1st in the Sun Belt in at least 1 statistical category.
3 players on the A-State roster from the state of Louisiana (Darius Dunaway, Frankie Jackson, Allen Muse).
5 of the last eight seasons have seen A-State achieve bowl eligibility.
5 players named to one of college football's major award watch lists.
7 consecutive wins in the month of November dating back to the 2011 season.
7 points needed by Brian Davis to break the Sun Belt record for points by kicking in a career (295).
7 preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selections, the most in the league.
8 turnovers lost by A-State is tied for the seventh fewest in the nation.
8 consecutive winning seasons at Liberty Bank Stadium.
8 straight victories in games decided by 7 points or less, the second longest active streak in the nation.
8.3 yards per rush by Michael Gordon is currently the third highest average in school history.
9 game Sun Belt Conference road winning streak held by A-State.
9 players (Albright, Campbell, Carrethers, Haunga, Kennedy, McCants, Muse, Oliver, Williams) already with their degree.
10.4 tackles per game by Qushaun Lee is ranked as the 15th highest average in the nation.
10 win seasons in 2011 & 2012, making ASU the first team in SBC history w/ back-to-back 10-win campaigns.
10 A-State players named to Phil Steele's midseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team.
10 Sun Belt Conference Team Academic Awards over the last 11 years.
11 passes defended by Rocky Hayes is two more than the most by an ASU player for all of last season.
12 consecutive field goals made by Brian Davis for the second longest streak in school history.
12 consecutive victories by A-State when scoring at least 30 points.
13 votes in the final 2012 USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, ranking A-State No. 32 in the nation.
13 A-State players named to at least one preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team.
13 statistical categories in which A-State ranks among the top 50 teams in the nation.
15 players named to the most recent Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List (3.5 GPA or higher).
17 tackles needed by Qushaun Lee to become first ASU player since 2002-03 with 100 stops in consecutive seasons.
17 Sun Belt Conference victories over its last 19 league games.
18 receptions by Darion Griswold are the most by an A-State tight end since Trevor Gillott (24) in 2009.
23 A-State wins over its last 32 regular-season games dating back to 2011.
23 All-Sun Belt Conference selections over the last two years combined.
26.4 yards per kickoff return by ASU is ranked 8th in the nation, and 18.9 ypr KO coverage is ranked 24th.
27 players named to the most recent Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher).
28 votes in the final 2012 Associated Press Top 25 poll, ranking A-State No. 32 in the nation.
30 or more points scored by A-State in 21 of its last 31 games.
41 of J.D. McKissic's 47 receptions have come over the last six games (6.8 per game).
45.9 third-down conversion percentage by A-State is ranked 31st in the nation.
63 tackles by Ryan Carrethers are the most in the nation by a defensive lineman.
68.3 completion percentage by Adam Kennedy is ranked 10th in the nation.
300 yards or more of total offense recorded by ASU in 41 of its last 46 games.
400 or more yards total offense by A-State in five of its first eight games.
425.6 yards total offense per game is the third highest in school history for a single season.
26.7 million-dollar football facility project in Liberty Bank Stadium's north end zone announced.
HEAD COACH BRYAN HARSIN: Bryan Harsin was named the Red Wolves' 29th head football coach on Dec. 12, 2012. Harsin is a 13-year coaching veteran at the NCAA FBS level who has coached in 10 bowl games as either an assistant or offensive coordinator. Harsin, a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award recognizing the top assistant coach in the country, has been associated with two nationally-prominent programs during his rise to A-State's head coach. Working closely with Chris Petersen at Boise State and Mack Brown at Texas, two of the most well-respected coaches in the country, Harsin spent the last seven seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Broncos and Longhorns.
HIGH MARKS: Arkansas State head football coach Bryan Harsin was ranked as the sixth best hire in the nation among 26 new coaches at the time, according to CBSSports.com. The article written by Dennis Dodd said the following when referring to A-State's 29th head coach: "We're talking a Sun Belt program that has changed its AD (once) and coaches (twice) over the last two years. Somehow the Red Wolves went from national championship game offensive coordinator (Malzahn) to Fiesta Bowl-winning offensive coordinator with a stop in Texas (Bryan Harsin). Not too shabby."
STARTING STRONG: With the Red Wolves victory over UAPB, Bryan Harsin became the Red Wolves first head coach to win his inaugural game at the school since Larry Lacewell in 1979. ASU's previous seven head coaches all suffered setbacks in their first game, including Al Kincaid, Ray Perkins, John Bobo, Joe Hollis, Steve Roberts, Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn.
YOUNGEST FBS HEAD COACHES: At 37 years of age, Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin is the fourth youngest head coach in the nation. Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck is the youngest at 32 years old with a Nov. 29, 1980 date of birth.
Coach Age (DOB)
P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan, 32 (11-29-80)
Matt Campbell, Toledo, 33 (11-29-79)
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech, 34 (8-9-79)
Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State, 37 (11-1-76)
Willie Taggart, USF, 37 (8-27-76)
Justin Fuente, Memphis, 37 (7-30-76)
Matt Rhule, Temple, 38 (1-31-75)
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern, 38 (12-2-74)
Garrick McGee, UAB, 40 (4-6-73)
Matt Wells, Utah State, 40 (8-10-73)
THE ARKANSAS STATE - ULM SERIES: A-State has played ULM 34 times, which is the fifth most in school history among all opponents. Arkansas State leads the all-time series with ULM 20-14 since the first meeting in 1959. As Sun Belt foes, ASU leads the series 8-4 after picking up a win over the Warhawks the last three seasons, including a 24-19 victory in Monroe in 2011 and a 45-23 win in Jonesboro last season.
ASU-ULM ALL-TIME SERIES: ASU leads 20-14
ASU-ULM ALL-TIME SBC SERIES: ASU leads 8-4
ASU at ULM (SBC SERIES ONLY): tied 3-3
ULM at ASU (SBC SERIES ONLY): ASU leads 5-1
OLD TIES: While Arkansas State and ULM have met the past 12 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.