Thornton's touchdown sparks big road win
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 18:11
After a poor showing offensively against Louisiana-Lafayette, the Red Wolves had 11 days to figure out what to correct offensively.
The Red Wolves were not putting up points as people had been accustomed to seeing the past few years.
On Saturday, A-State would take to the field in a pivotal road matchup against the Jaguars of South Alabama.
By the slimmest of margins, the Red Wolves would escape with a 17-16 victory at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The Red Wolves offense, as a whole, would play exceptionally better than they did 11 days ago, though they were outgained in total offense; 371 yards for the Jaguars, 349 for the Red Wolves.
Though both teams would struggle offensively early, South Alabama would get on the board first when they capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive with a 27-yard field goal from freshman kicker Aleem Sunanon with 10:55 to go in the second quarter to go up 3-0.
After a 42-yard completion to place the ball at the A-State 18-yard line in the second half, junior defensive-back Sterling Young intercepted Metheny’s pass in the end zone and the Red Wolves’ offense did not waste the opportunity.
A-State would take advantage and get on the board, scoring their first points of the night on a 12-yard run by senior quarterback Adam Kennedy.
Senior Brian Davis’ extra point would give the Red Wolves their first lead at 7-6 with 8:12 to go in the third quarter.
The Jaguars would immediately respond, scoring a touchdown on their very next drive, needing only eight plays and 65 yards to get the job done.
In the fourth, the Red Wolves would claw back to 13-10 after a 50-yard field goal kick from Davis.
South Alabama would answer with a field goal of their own, going up 16-10 after another Sunanon kick with 9:58 to play.
From there, the Red Wolves would respond, in what arguably may have been their biggest drive of the season.
A-State would go 75 yards in nine plays, tying the game after a three yard run by senior Sirgregory Thornton with 6:29 remaining.
The Davis extra point would give the Red Wolves a one-point lead and win over the South Alabama Jaguars 17-16.
Senior wide-receiver Allen Muse would haul in seven receptions for 58 yards, while Thornton only had 15 yards rushing, but scored the game winning touchdown.
The Red Wolves will return to action Saturday, Nov. 9 for a road matchup with Louisiana-Monroe.