Late drive lifts Red Wolves

MOBILE, Ala. — The Arkansas State Red Wolves won their ninth straight conference road win by defeating the South Alabama Jaguars 17-16 Saturday night.

ASU (4-4, 2-1 Sun Belt) scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a touchdown by senior running back Sirgregory Thornton — his third of the season.

It gave the Red Wolves a 17-16 lead with 6:29 left in the game.

Senior kicker Brian Davis made a career-long 50-yard field goal to put ASU with 13-10 with 14:12 left in the game. Davis is now 10-of-10 on field goals this season and has made his last 12 dating back to last season.

He broke the school record for points by kicking with 289.

After ASU had cut South Alabama’s lead to just three points, Aleem Sunanon made a 30-yard field goal to take a 16-10 lead with 9:58 left. ASU quarterback Adam Kennedy answered with a nine-play drive which was capped off by Thornton’s 3-yard run for a touchdown.

Kennedy sparked the drive with a 33-yard completion to Julian Jones and a 14-yard run for a first down.

Kennedy was 15-of-17 for 136 yards and had 16 carries for 65 yards with a touchdown to lead the Red Wolves in both categories. Backup quarterback Fredi Knighten was 6-of-8 for 24 yards and had 10 carries for 54 yards.

Ross Metheny led South Alabama (3-5, 1-3) going 15 of 29 for 228 yards and one interception. He also had 17 carries for 77 yards.

Sunanon made two field goals in the first quarter (27, 19 yards) to give South Alabama a 6-0 lead with 1:34 left.

ASU took its first lead of the game at 7-6 on a 12-yard touchdown run by Kennedy with 8:12 left to play in the first half.

The Red Wolves will continue their road trip next week when they face conference foe Louisiana-Monroe beginning at 6 p.m.