Disbelief – A-State Red Wolves Lose at Home to Appalachian State


All-Century Team Honored at Ceremony

JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes, but Appalachian State made a defensive stand on the Red Wolves’ final drive of the game to escape with a 37-32 victory Saturday afternoon at Centennial Bank Stadium.

The Mountaineers scored 31 straight points to build a 37-20 lead with over two minutes to go in the game, but Terrence Upshaw fumbled a handoff at his own 10-yard line and A-State capitalized on the next play with a pass from Fredi Knighten to Darion Griswold to cut the lead to 37-26.

Following a successful onside kick and recovery by junior placekicker Luke Ferguson, Knighten led the Red Wolves on a four-play, 53-yard drive that culminated with a nine-yard touchdown reception by Johnston White to get A-State within 37-32.

A-State failed to recover its next onside kick attempt, but held Appalachian State to a three-and-out to get the ball with 22 seconds left in the game. Knighten completed a pass to Griswold to get A-State to its 41-yard line, but the next two attempts fell incomplete and the final play ended with a turnover on a lateral attempt to end the Red Wolves’ six game home win streak.

“Obviously I’m very disappointed and I was hoping I would not have to make one of these speeches, especially here at home,” A-State head coach Blake Anderson said. “First of all I think, (Scott) Satterfield and his crew had a great game plan, and executed perfectly. It was obvious that their plan was to run the ball, control the ball, run the clock down and try to shorten the game.”

Arkansas State jumped out to an early 13-0 lead in the first quarter after a one-yard touchdown run by Knighten and 38-yard punt return by freshman Blaise Taylor. Knighten’s touchdown capped a nine-play, 81-yard drive in which all of the Red Wolves’ positive yardage came via the run game. White had the big play on the drive with a 27-yard run to the Appalachian State 14-yard line, and Knighten scored five plays later on fourth-and-goal from the one on a boot leg for the game’s first score.

After a three-and-out by the Mountaineers, Taylor took a short punt and found a seem up the middle and before breaking to the home sideline to push the lead to 13 points midway through the first quarter.

The Mountaineers got on the scoreboard in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox. Bentlee Critcher missed the extra-point attempt to keep the deficit at seven points at 13-6.

A-State answered later in the quarter with a three-play scoring drive that was setup by a 61-yard punt return by Taylor to the Appalachian State 31-yard line. Knighten connected with Tres Houston on a 12-yard pitch-and-catch to push the lead to 20-6 with over seven minutes to go in the half.

The Mountaineers answered before the half on a 24-yard pass from Taylor Lamb to Shaedon Meadors to make it a one score game going into the break. Appalachian State scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter to take a 34-20 lead it would not relinquish.

The Mountaineers tied the contest on a one-yard touchdown run by Lamb and took the lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by Cox, who ran for 112 yards in the second half. He finished the night with 229 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries.

Appalachian State added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard pass from Lamb to Montez McGuire and also got a 24-yard field goal from Critcher to go up 37-20 with 4:10 to go in the game.

“We never got in rhythm offensively and that definitely created problems for us and they ran the ball extremely well,” Anderson said. “Really the only bright spot today was our return game because punt return and kickoff return were both good, but defensively and offensively we never got in a rhythm to get them off the field or to continue drives. The one positive is our guys found some energy right there at the end and tried to make a game of it but obviously, too little, too late.”

Junior linebacker Gage Sharp posted a career-best 13 tackles, while Qushaun Lee finished with 11 tackles to post double-digit tackles for the 11th time in his career. Carderious Dean had the only sack of the night for A-State, while Clifford Thomas and Sterling Young each forced a fumble.

Offensively, Knighten tied a career-high with three touchdowns passes and finished the game 14-for-28 for 147 yards and one rushing touchdown. Michael Gordon led the rushing attack with 87 yards on the ground, while Houston had four catches for 58 yards and a score.

The Red Wolves are on the road for their next contest on Thursday, Nov. 20, against Texas State in San Marcos.  The Sun Belt Conference game, which will be televised live on ESPNU, is slated for an 8:30 p.m. (CT) start.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting the A-State Central Box Office at 870-972-2781 or 1-888-ASU-FANS or online at tickets.astate.edu.

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Celebratings its 100th season of college football, the Arkansas State Athletics Department announced 28 starters on its All-Centennial Football Team while honoring all 100 members during halftime of the Red Wolves’ home football game against Appalachian State on Saturday.

The entire 100-man squad was announced Thursday, recognizing 100 total lettermen who have significantly impacted the football program and left a lasting legacy at A-State.  Today, all members in attendance were recognized at halftime with the 28 starters revealed along with All-Centennial head coach Larry Lacewell.  Lacewell is Arkansas State’s all-time winningest head coach and led A-State to four consecutive NCAA I-AA playoff appearances, including a trip to the 1986 championship game.

Starting for the Red Wolves at quarterback is two-time Sun Belt Conference player of the year Ryan Aplin, who also led A-State to its first FBS bowl victory, a 17-13 win over No. 25 Kent State in the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl.  Running backs Richie Woit and Calvin Harrell, along with fullback Maurice Carthon, line up in the backfield with Aplin.  Woit, who played from 1950-53, is still A-State’s career leading in rushing touchdowns with 57, while Harrell was a first team All-Southland selection three times.  Carthon was a two-time, all-conference selection and went on to have an eight-year NFL career.

Ray Brown, an All-Pro NFL offensive lineman, was tabbed the starting tight end.  Brown was named an All-Southland Conference player at two different positions during his A-State career, including twice at tight end and once at offensive line.  An All-American, Brown was inducted into the A-State Athletics Hall of Honor in 1996 and Ring of Honor in 2007.

The starting offensive line for the All-Centennial team includes center Dan Buckley, Ken Jones, TJ Humphreys, Bill Phillips, and Randy Barnhill.  Buckley helped paved the way during Harrell’s sophomore season in 1969, when Harrell had five 100-yard games.  Jones and Humphreys both helped A-State to an undefeated 1975 season, while Phillips was part of 1970’s undefeated squad.  Barnhill played for Lacewell and was a member of the 1986 Division I-AA runner-up team.  All five were first team All-America selections.

Current All-Sun Belt standout J.D. McKissic, A-State’s all-time receptions leader for a single game (15), season (103) and career (228), and former NFL All-Pro Fred Barnett were named the starting wide receivers.  Barnett caught 95 passes in his Arkansas State career and led the team in receptions three seasons from 1987-89.

The defense includes Clovis Swinney, Carter Ray Crawford, Marvin Neloms and Alex Carrington along the line.  Swinney was an AP and AFCA first team All-American in 1969, while Crawford garnered AP, AFCA, and Football News first team All-American honors during both of his seasons at Arkansas State.  Neloms earned first team All-Southland accolades from 1984-86 and is A-State’s all-time leader in career sacks with 28 from 1983-86.  Carrington, a third round NFL Draft selection and current member of the St. Louis Rams, was the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and completed his career with 21.5 sacks that ranks second in school history.

Filling out the starting linebacker positions on the All-Centennial Team are Bill Bergey, Jerry Muckensturm, Demario Davis and Carlos Emmons.  All four players went on to play in the NFL following their collegiate career, and Davis is currently a starter for the New York Jets.

Muckensturm and Bergey are ranked first and second, respectively, for career tackles at A-State, with Muckensturm posting 493 from 1972-75 and Bergey 436 from 1965-68.  Davis was a two-time first team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, while Emmons represented A-State on the 1995 All-Big West Conference squad.

Making up the defensive backfield starters are Dennis Meyer, Tyrell Johnson, Elbert Shelley and Greg Lee.  Meyer concluded his career at A-State in 1971 as an AFCA and AP All-America choice and as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 27.  Johnson was named the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the year and still ranks fourth all-time in the conference in career tackles with 363 to his credit.  Lee’s defensive totals included a career-best six interceptions during the 1985 season when he was named AP All-American.  Shelley, who was recognized as an All-Southland pick during his time at A-State, spent 10 years in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and was named to the Pro Bowl four times.

Four starting players make up the special teams, including kicker Brian Davis, punter Joe Slayton, return specialist Terry Whiting and utility player Jimmy Lisko.  Davis, a two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist, is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leading scorer and he is ranked first all-time at A-State for career points by kicking.  Slayton, a two-time All-Southland Conference selection, recorded 9,269 punting yards from 1976-79.  Lisko, who played defensive end from 1972-75, posted eight career blocked kicks that stand as the most in school history.  Whiting, a defensive back from 1986-71, holds the school records for career punt returns (66), punt return yards (748) and highest return average (19.4 ypr in 1971).


QUARTERBACK:  Ryan Aplin (2009-12)
RUNNING BACK:  Richie Woit (1950-53)
RUNNING BACK:  Calvin Harrell (1968-71)
FULLBACK:   Maurice Carthon (1979-82)
TIGHT END:  Ray Brown (1983-85)
CENTER:  Dan Buckley (1966-69)
OFFENSIVE LINE:  Ken Jones (1972-75)
OFFENSIVE LINE:  TJ Humphreys (1973-76)
OFFENSIVE LINE:  Bill Phillips (1968-71)
OFFENSIVE LINE:  Randy Barnhill (1984-86)
WIDE RECEIVER:  Fred Barnett (1986-89)
WIDE RECEIVER:  JD McKissic (2012-current)

DEFENSIVE LINE:  Clovis Swinney (1967-69)
DEFENSIVE LINE:  Carter Ray Crawford (1984-85)
DEFENSIVE LINE:  Marvin Neloms (1983-86)
DEFENSIVE LINE:  Alex Carrington (2006-09)
LINEBACKER:  Bill Bergey (1965-68)
LINEBACKER:  Jerry Muckensturm (1972-75)
LINEBACKER:  Demario Davis (2008-11)
LINEBACKER:  Carlos Emmons (1992-95)
DEFENSIVE BACK:  Dennis Meyer (1968-71)
DEFENSIVE BACK:  Tyrell Johnson (2004-07)
DEFENSIVE BACK:  Elbert Shelley (1983-86)
DEFENSIVE BACK:  Greg Lee (1984-87)

Utility:   Jimmy Lisko (1972-75)
Return Specialist:   Terry Whiting (1968-71)
Kicker:   Brian Davis (2010-13)
Punter:   Joe Slayton (1976-79)

HEAD COACH:  Larry Lacewell


Jonathan Adams (RB, 1998-2001)
Ryan Aplin (QB, 2009-12)
Josh Arauco (K, 2006-09)
Reggie Arnold (RB, 2006-09)
Fred Barnett (WR, 1986-89)
Randy Barnhill (OL, 1984-86)
Bill Bergey (LB, 1965-68)
Everett Bolton (ATH, 1939-40, 1946-47)
Gene Bradley (QB, 1976-79)
Jon Bradley (DL, 2000-03)
Dwane Brown (QB, 1984-87)
Ray Brown (TE, 1983-85)
Dan Buckley (OL, 1966-69)
Johnie Burnett (ATH, 1927-29)
Bill Caldwell (QB, 1957-59)
Jeff Caldwell (K, 1993-96)
Ryan Carrethers (DL, 2010-13)
Alex Carrington (DL, 2006-09)
Maurice Carthon (FB, 1979-82)
Michael Cline (DL, 1983-85)
Howard Cissell (DB, 1954-57)
Gary Crane (DE, 1967-68)
Carter Ray Crawford (DL, 1984-85)
Brian Davis (K, 2010-13)
Demario Davis (LB, 2008-11)
Tommy Davis (OL, 1958-59)
Dick Dixon (DL, 1972-75)
Doug Dobbs (K, 1976-79)
Wayne Dorton (OL, 1968-71)
Carlos Emmons (LB, 1992-95)
Frank Farella (OL, 1954-57)
Rick Fishback (DB, 1981-82)
Dwayne Frampton (WR, 2010-11)
Charlie Fredrick (NG, 1984-87)
Bruce Gartman (P, 1980-82)
Terry Gwin (RB, 1965-66)
James Hamilton (QB, 1968-71)
Foy Hammons (1913-15; 1919)
Calvin Harrell (RB, 1968-71)
Leroy Harris (FB, 1975-76)
David Hines (QB, 1972-75)
Joe Holliman (DB, 1971-74)
TJ Humphreys (OL, 1973-76)
Rickey Jemison (FB, 1983-86)
David Johnson (TE, 2005-08)
Lennie Johnson (WR, 1995-98)
Garry Johnson (OL, 1999-2002)
Tyrell Johnson (DB, 2004-07)
Brandon Joiner (DE, 2010-11)
Ken Jones (OL, 1972-75)
Gerald Jumper (WR, 1964-67)
Robert Kilow (WR, 1998-2000)
John Koldus (WR,1950-52)
Tim Langford (QB, 1980-83)
Harry Larche (LINEMAN, 1946-48)
Greg Lee (DB, 1984-87)
Qushaun Lee (LB, 2011-current)
Cleo Lemon (QB, 1997-2000)
Corey Leonard (QB, 2006-09)
Jimmy Lisko (DE, 1972-75)
Doug Lowery (OL, 1970-73)
Mike Malham Jr (LB, 1972-75)
Matt Mandich (OL, 2005-08)
JD McKissic (WR, 2012-current)
Dennis Meyer (DB, 1968-71)
Mike Morris (LB, 1979-82)
Dan Mullen (DE, 1972-75)
Jerry Muckensturm (LB, 1972-75)
Marvin Neloms (DL, 1983-86)
Okey Oldham (ATH, 1927-29)
Roy Painter (DB, 1973-76)
Bill Phillips (OL, 1968-71)
Mike Ray (OL, 1987-89)
Tom Reese (RB, 1962-65)
Kyle Richardson (P, 1992-95)
Don Riggs (RB, 1955-58)
Dick Ritchey (DB, 1964-67)
Scott Roper (K, 1986-87)
Joe Slayton (P, 1976-79)
Elbert Shelley (DB, 1983-86)
James Simmons (DB, 1970-72)
Jerome Sims (DB, 1982-85)
Danny Smith (RB, 2000-02)
Robert Speer (DE, 1973-76)
Tommy Spiers (QB, 1954-56)
Ron Smith (LB, 1976-79)
Taylor Stockemer (WR, 2009-12)
Dan Summers (OL, 1962-65)
Clovis Swinney (DL, 1967-69)
Ron Teat (TE, 1996-99)
(Billy) Joe Turner (OL, 1960-62)
Tommy Walker (OL, 1980-83)
Antonio Warren (RB, 2002-05)
Terry Whiting (DB, 1968-71)
Sammy Weir (QB, 1960-62)
Clarence Williams (DE, 1995-98)
Corey Williams (DL, 2000-03)
H.T. Winters (ATH, 1929-32)
Jim Wiseman (C, 1984-87)
Richie Woit (RB, 1950-53)

HEAD COACH:  Larry Lacewell

David Mitchell (Hall of Honor Player/Coach)
Tim Keane (Hall of Honor Player/Coach)
Leslie Speck (Hall of Honor Player/Coach)
Bill Templeton (Hall of Honor Player/Coach/Ring of Honor)
Bill Davidson (Hall of Honor Player/Coach)
Ron Carroll (Hall of Honor, Trainer)
Ike Tomlinson (Hall of Honor/Ring of Honor, AD/Coach)

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, alumnus ‘68
Terry Mohajir, A-State Director of Athletics, letterman
Gina Bowman, former A-State Sports Information Director
Dick Clay, retired media (passed August ’14)
Mike Gleghorn, letterman and Letterman’s Club President
Larry Lacewell, former head FB coach andAD, Ring of Honor, Hall of Honor
Dr. Tim Langford, letterman, Ring of Honor, Hall of Honor, Board of Trustees
Mickey Ryan, former A-State Associate AD, historian
Jerry Schaeffer, former A-State Sports Information Director
Jerry Scott, A-State Sports Information Director
Kevin Turbeville, current media


QUARTERBACK:  Ryan Aplin (2009-12), Gene Bradley (1976-79), Dwane Brown (1984-87), Bill Caldwell (1957-59), Corey Leonard (2006-09), Cleo Lemon (1997-2000), James Hamilton (1968-71), David Hines (1972-75), Tim Langford (1980-83), Tommy Spiers (1954-56), Sammy Weir (QB, 1960-62)
FULLBACK/RUNNING BACK:  Jonathan Adams (1998-2001), Reggie Arnold (2006-09), Maurice Carthon (1979-82), Terry Gwin (1965-66), Calvin Harrell (1968-71), Leroy Harris (1975-76), Rickey Jemison (1983-86), Tom Reese (1962-65), Don Riggs (1955-58), Danny Smith (2000-02), Antonio Warren (2002-05), Richie Woit (1950-53)
TIGHT END:  Ray Brown (1983-85), David Johnson (2005-08), Ron Teat (1996-99)
OFFENSIVE LINE:  Randy Barnhill (1984-86), Dan Buckley (1966-69) Tommy Davis (1958-59), Wayne Dorton (1968-71), Frank Farella (1954-57), TJ Humphreys (1973-76), Ken Jones (1972-75), Garry Johnson (1999-2002), Harry Larche (1946-48), Doug Lowery (1970-73), Matt Mandich (2005-08), Bill Phillips (1968-71), Mike Ray (1987-89), Dan Summers (1962-65), (Billy) Joe Turner (1960-62), Tommy Walker (1980-83), Jim Wiseman (1984-87)
WIDE RECEIVER:  Fred Barnett (1986-89), Dwayne Frampton (2010-11), Lennie Johnson (1995-98), Gerald Jumper (1964-67), Robert Kilow (1998-2000), John Koldus (1950-52), JD McKissic (2012-current), Taylor Stockemer (2009-12)

DEFENSIVE LINE:  Jon Bradley (2000-03), Ryan Carrethers (2010-13), Alex Carrington (2006-09), Michael Cline (1983-85), Gary Crane (1967-68), Carter Ray Crawford (1984-85), Dick Dixon (1972-75), Charlie Fredrick (1984-87), Brandon Joiner (2010-11), Jimmy Lisko (1972-75), Dan Mullen (1972-75), Marvin Neloms (1983-86), Robert Speer (1973-76), Clovis Swinney (1967-69), Clarence Williams (1995-98), Corey Williams (2000-03)
LINEBACKER:  Bill Bergey (1965-68), Demario Davis (2008-11), Carlos Emmons (1992-95), Qushaun Lee (2011-current), Mike Malham Jr (1972-75), Mike Morris (1979-82), Jerry Muckensturm (1972-75), Ron Smith (1976-79)
DEFENSIVE BACK:  Howard Cissell (1954-57), Rick Fishback (1981-82), Joe Holliman (1971-74), Greg Lee (1984-87), Tyrell Johnson (2004-07), Dennis Meyer (1968-71), Roy Painter (1973-76), Dick Ritchey (1964-67), Elbert Shelley (1983-86), Jerome Sims (1982-85), James Simmons (1970-72), Terry Whiting (1968-71)

ATHLETE:  Everett Bolton (1939-40, 1946-47), Johnie Burnett (1927-29), Foy Hammons (1913-15; 1919), Okey Oldham (1927-29), H.T. Winters (1929-32)

Kicker:   Josh Arauco (2006-09), Brian Davis (2010-13), Jeff Caldwell (1993-96), Doug Dobbs (1976-79), Scott Roper (1986-87)
Punter:  Bruce Gartman (1980-82), Kyle Richardson (1992-95), Joe Slayton (1976-79)

HEAD COACH:  Larry Lacewell

(based on most years in one decade for players that crossed over into two different decades):

1910-1919: Foy Hammons (1913-15; 1919)
1920-1929: Johnie Burnett (ATH, 1927-29), Okey Oldham (ATH, 1927-29)
1930-1939: H.T. Winters (ATH, 1929-32)
1940-1949: Everett Bolton (ATH, 1939-40, 1946-47), Harry Larche (LINEMAN, 1946-48)
1950-59: Howard Cissell (DB, 1954-57), Bill Caldwell (QB, 1957-59), Tommy Davis (C, 1958-59), Frank Farella (OL, 1954-57), John Koldus, (WR,1950-52), Tommy Spiers (QB, 1954-56), Don Riggs (RB, 1955-58), Richie Woit (1950-53)
1960-69:  Dan Buckley (OL, 1966-69), Gary Crane (DE, 1967-68), Bill Bergey (LB, 1965-68), Terry Gwin (RB, 1965-66), Gerald Jumper (WR, 1964-67), Tom Reese (RB, 1962-65), Dick Ritchey (DB, 1964-67), Clovis Swinney (DL, 1967-69), Dan Summers (OL, 1962-65), (Billy) Joe Turner (C, 1960-62), Sammy Weir (QB, 1960-62)
1970-79:  Gene Bradley (QB, 1976-79), Dick Dixon (DL, 1972-75), Doug Dobbs (K, 1976-79), Wayne Dorton (OL, 1968-71), James Hamilton (QB, 1968-71), Calvin Harrell (RB, 1968-71), Leroy Harris (FB, 1975-76), David Hines (QB, 1972-75), Joe Holliman (DB, 1971-74), TJ Humphreys (OL, 1973-76), Ken Jones (OL, 1972-75), Jimmy Lisko (Utility, 1972-75), Doug Lowery (OL, 1970-73), Mike Malham Jr (LB, 1972-75), Dennis Meyer (DB, 1968-71), Jerry Muckensturm (LB, 1972-75), Dan Mullen (DE, 1972-75), Roy Painter (DB, 1973-76), Bill Phillips (OL, 1968-71), James Simmons (DB, 1970-72), Joe Slayton (P, 1976-79), Ron Smith (LB, 1976-79), Robert Speer (DE, 1973-76)
1980-89:  Fred Barnett (WR, 1986-89), Randy Barnhill (OL, 1984-86), Dwane Brown (QB, 1984-87), Ray Brown (TE, 1983-85), Maurice Carthon (FB, 1979-82), Michael Cline (DL, 1983-85), Carter Ray Crawford (DL, 1984-85), Charlie Fredrick (NG, 1984-87), Rick Fishback (DB, 1981-82), Bruce Gartman (P, 1980-82), Rickey Jemison (FB, 1983-86), Tim Langford (QB, 1980-83), Greg Lee (DB, 1984-87), Mike Morris (LB, 1979-82), Tommy Marvin Neloms (DL, 1983-86), Mike Ray (OL, 1987-89), Scott Roper (K, 1986-87), Elbert Shelley (DB, 1983-86), Jerome Sims (DB, 1982-85), Tommy Walker (OL, 1980-83), Terry Whiting (Return Specialist, 1968-71), Jim Wiseman (C, 1984-87)
1990-1999: Jeff Caldwell (K, 1993-96), Carlos Emmons (LB, 1992-95), Cleo Lemon (QB, 1997-2000), Lennie Johnson (WR, 1995-98), Robert Kilow (WR, 1998-2000), Kyle Richardson (P, 1992-95), Ron Teat (TE, 1996-99), Clarence Williams (DE, 1995-98)
2000-2009: Jonathan Adams (RB, 1998-2001), Josh Arauco (K, 2006-09), Reggie Arnold (RB, 2006-09), Jon Bradley (DL, 2000-03), Alex Carrington (DL, 2006-09), Corey Leonard (QB, 2006-09), David Johnson (TE, 2005-08), Tyrell Johnson (DB, 2004-07), Garry Johnson (OL, 1999-2002), Matt Mandich (OL, 2005-08), Danny Smith (RB, 2000-02), Antonio Warren (RB, 2002-05), Corey Williams (DL, 2000-03)
2010-current:  Ryan Aplin (QB, 2009-12), Ryan Carrethers (DL, 2010-13), Demario Davis (LB, 2008-11), Brian Davis (K, 2010-13), Dwayne Frampton (WR, 2010-11), Brandon Joiner (DE, 2010-11), Qushuan Lee (LB, 2011-current), JD McKissic (WR, 2012-current), Taylor Stockemer (WR, 2009-12)


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