Johnnie Lang has rush TD, receiving TD, kick return TD; Arkansas State beats ULM

Arkansas State RB returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD Saturday in a win over ULM.
Arkansas State RB returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD Saturday in a win over ULM.(Source: KAIT)
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 10:39 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2022 at 12:54 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Johnnie Lang joined some rare company Saturday night.

The Arkansas State running back became the first Sun Belt player in 12 years to have a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a kickoff return for a touchdown in the same game. The Red Wolves beat ULM 45-28 to improve to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in Sun Belt play. Lang had an 18 yard receiving TD in the 2nd quarter, a 1 yard rushing score plus a 98-yard kickoff return for a TD in the 3rd quarter.

Saturday marked the 13th straight Red Wolves win in the series over the Warhawks. QB James Blackman was 25 of 32 passing for 254 yards and 2 TD. Te’Vailance Hunt returned to the Red Wolves lineup, he had a receiving TD in the 1st quarter.

Eddie Smith and Jordan Carmouche had 6 tackles each to pace the pack. Carmouche also had 2 TFL and a sack. Dennard Flowers tacked on a TFL and a sack for A-State. All-Sun Belt defensive end Kivon Bennett returned to action on Saturday, he recorded 3 tackles, 0.5 TFL, and 0.5 sack.

Dominic Zvada continued his perfect start to his Red Wolves’ kicking career. The freshman from Arizona drilled a 46-yard field goal in the 1st quarter. He’s 7/7 this season in FG and 19/19 in extra points.

Next up for Arkansas State is a matchup with 4-0 James Madison. The Red Wolves and Dukes play on October 8th at Centennial Bank Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:00pm, the game will be nationally televised on NFL Network.