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College Football: Red Wolves, ULM battle for second

JONESBORO — Arkansas State concludes a two-game road swing Saturday when it travels to face University of Louisiana-Monroe at Malone Stadium in a key Sun Belt Conference contest starting at 6 p.m.

The game will be televised by ESPN3.com and every A-State game can be heard through the school’s athletic website (AStateRedWolves.com).

The winner of Saturday’s game between A-State and ULM will have sole ownership of second place in the SBC.

The Red Wolves improved to 2-1 in conference play last week with a 17-16 road win at South Alabama. ULM won its third consecutive game, 49-37, at Troy.

A-State carries a nine-game road win streak against SBC foes into the contest. The ULM Warhawks are 2-2 at home this season.

A-State has faced ULM 34 times, which is the fifth-most in school history among all opponents. The Red Wolves lead the series 20-14 since the first meeting back in 1959. As Sun Belt foes, ASU leads 8-4 and has won the last three, including the 45-23 win in Jonesboro last season.

While A-State and ULM have met the past 12 seasons as SBC members, both teams were members of the Southland Conference between 1982-86.

David Oku leads Arkansas State’s rushing attack with 436 yards on 114 carries and five touchdowns. Six different players have recored a rushing score for the Red Wolves this season. Adam Kenney is the primary signal caller for A-State. He had completed 164 of 240 attempts with seven touchdowns, four interceptions and 1,799 yards.

ULM (5-4, 3-1 SBC) won its third straight game as it defeated Troy, 49-37, on Halloween.

Quarterback Kolton Browning is in his second game since he came back from an injury. Browning completed 21 of 31 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns (a career high) and no interceptions.

Centarius Donald recorded his second consecutive 100-yard game for the Warhawks. He had 115 yards on 22 attempts and one rushing score against Troy. The week before, Donald rushed eight times for 126 yards and one TD against Georgia State.

Last season, both teams played a close game as A-State led 17-10 at the break. ULM tied up the game on a 37-yard pass from Cody Wells to Rashon Ceasar with 13:00 remaining in the third quarter. The Red Wolves reeled off 21 consecutive points to take the lead for good.

Former Van Buren standout Taylor Stockemer got things moving along when he finished a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Aplin. Oku, who finished 132 yards on 22 totes last season, scored two of his three touchdowns on short gains.

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