GAMEDAY College Football

Louisiana-Lafayette 28, Arkansas State 27

Associated Press

JONESBORO, ARK. - Freshman Montrell Johnson took a handoff 99 yards for a school and Sun Belt Conference record-long touchdown, Chris Smith rushed for 238 yards and the game-winner and Louisiana-Lafayette battled past Arkansas State 28-27.

Johnson and Smith scored all of the Ragin' Cajuns points as Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) rolled for 424 rushing yards. Johnson, who gained 150 yards, had scoring runs of 99 and 3 yards. Smith scored from the 6 and and added a game-winning 74-yard touchdown run.

Louisiana-Lafayette pushed its win streak to six games, but didn't escape without a fight as the teams exchanged a furious burst of points late in the first half, with a tie and four lead changes. Arkansas State (1-6, 0-3) built a 27-21 lead with a touchdown and a field goal off of two Louisiana turnovers.

Smith, whose fumble led to Arkansas State's 24-21 lead, carried the Cajuns on his back late in the third quarter with runs of six and 74 yards to score the winning, come-from-behind touchdown.

Layne Hatcher completed 16 of 31 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Wolves, answering Louisiana-Lafayette score for score through the middle quarters.

Taylon Doss made a career-high 11 tackles and EJ Alexander added 12 for Arkansas State.

Johnson's 99-yard TD was the second in as many games given up by the Red Wolves, who had allowed a 99-yard pass play to then No. 15 Coastal Carolina Oct. 7.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter UL-LafArkSt
ArkSt TD 5:38 Corey Rucker 6 yard TD pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 0 7
UL-Laf TD 5:19 Montrell Johnson 99 yard TD run (Nate Snyder Extra Point) 7 7
ArkSt FG 2:21 Blake Grupe 32 yard field goal 7 10
UL-Laf TD 0:28 Chris Smith 6 yard TD run (Nate Snyder Extra Point) 14 10
Third Quarter UL-LafArkSt
ArkSt TD 14:07 Te'Vailance Hunt 76 yard TD pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 14 17
UL-Laf TD 12:35 Montrell Johnson 3 yard TD run (Nate Snyder Extra Point) 21 17
ArkSt TD 9:05 Emmanual Stevenson 15 yard TD pass from Layne Hatcher (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 21 24
ArkSt FG 3:23 Blake Grupe 35 yard field goal 21 27
UL-Laf TD 2:37 Chris Smith 74 yard TD run (Nate Snyder Extra Point) 28 27
Team Stats
  Louisiana Arkansas State
First downs 25 23
  Rushing 19 7
  Passing 6 9
  Penalty 0 7
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 53-424 35-113
Passing Yards 122 300
Return Yards 83 88
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-20-1 16-31-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-6 2-17
Punts 3 4
Fumbles Lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-78 8-63
Louisiana Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Lewis 11 20 122 0 1
Arkansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Hatcher 16 31 300 3 0
Louisiana Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Smith 24 238 9.9 2
M. Johnson 17 150 8.8 2
E. Bailey 4 27 6.8 0
L. Lewis 6 11 1.8 0
Arkansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Pare 11 52 4.7 0
J. Lang Jr. 10 45 4.5 0
A. Lamar 4 12 3.0 0
L. Hatcher 10 4 0.4 0
Louisiana Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Fleming 2 47 23.5 0
P. LeBlanc 5 34 6.8 0
K. Lacy 2 27 13.5 0
N. Johnson 1 10 10.0 0
C. Smith 1 4 4.0 0
Arkansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hunt 3 83 27.7 1
J. Foreman 2 64 32.0 0
C. Rucker 3 53 17.7 1
J. Lang Jr. 1 26 26.0 0
E. Stevenson 2 24 12.0 1
R. Ealy 1 20 20.0 0
D. Green 1 19 19.0 0
L. Pare 3 11 3.7 0
Louisiana Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arkansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Harris 1 35
Louisiana Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Byrns 3 151 50.3
Arkansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Hanson 4 184 46.0
Louisiana Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Garror 1 6 6.0
Arkansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lang Jr. 2 0 0
A. Lamar 1 0 0
Louisiana Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Smith 4 58 14.5
T. Amos 1 19 19.0
Arkansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Lamar 4 53 13.3
Louisiana Missed FG
Player Length
Arkansas State Missed FG
Player Length




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