Offense, Defense, Special Teams Notes

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JUSTICE SERVED:  Senior quarterback Justice Hansen was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3, recognizing his record-setting performance against Southeast Missouri State.  He set a school record with six touchdown passes and finished the night 26-of-36 passing with 423 yards.  All six touchdowns went to different receivers, and he became the first Sun Belt quarterback to toss six or more touchdown passes since Giovanni Vizza of North Texas had eight against Navy on Nov. 10, 2007.


RUSHING RED WOLVES:  Arkansas State has rushed for at least 170 yards in every game this season, marking the first time the Red Wolves have posted at least 170 in three consecutive games since the 2015 season.  The Red Wolves rushed for at least 170 yards in four games total for the entire 2017 season.


300-PLUS: Dating back to the 2010 season, Arkansas State has posted at least 300 yards of total offense in 94 of its last 105 games (.895 percentage).  A-State has produced 300 yards in 49 of 54 games under head coach Blake Anderson, including the last 15 in a row.


2014 season 13 of 13 games
2015 season 11 of 13 games
2016 season 10 of 13 games
2017 season 12 of 12 games
2018 season 3 of 3 games
TOTALS 49 of 54 games


400-PLUS:  Arkansas State has hit the 400-yard total offense mark 35 times over its last 54 games (65 percent) since 2014, which was Blake Anderson’s first season as head coach.  The Red Wolves went over 400 yards in nine of its 12 games last season.  A-State is ranked 29th in the nation this season at 490.7 yards per game, one year after it posted a school-record 494.8 average that ranked 10th in the nation.


2014 season 9 of 13 games
2015 season 9 of 13 games
2016 season 5 of 13 games
2017 season 10 of 12 games
2018 season 2 of 3 games
TOTALS 35 of 54 games


LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD:  Including 14 of the last 20 contests, the Red Wolves have now posted at least 30 points in 55 of their last 85 regular-season games (65 percent) dating back to the 2011 season. The Red Wolves have won 43 of their last 48 games when scoring at least 30 points.


HITTING THE MARK:  Junior quarterback Justice Hansen has thrown at least one passing touchdown in 19 of his last 20 games and two or more touchdown passes in 14 of his last 17 outings.  He has thrown multiple scoring passes in 19 career games.  The former Oklahoma transfer has thrown for at least 200 yards 20 times, 300 ten times and 400 five times during his three-year career at A-State.  Dating back to the 2015 season, Hansen has passed for at least 200 yards in 18 of his last 22 games.


ECLIPSING 2,000:  Running back Warren Wand has pushed his career rushing total to 2,456 yards, making him one of 14 players in A-State history to post 2,000 in a career.  He recorded 709 yards in 2015 for the most by a true freshman at A-State since Lamont Zachery ran for 846 in 1996.




A LOSS ON THE PLAY:  Dating back to the 2015 season, the Red Wolves have posted at least five stops behind the line of scrimmage in 30 of its last 32 games.  A-State posted a season-high 13 tackles for loss in 2017 versus Texas State and has now recorded at least 10 in six of the last 10 games.


Yr. Avg. Rank
2016 9.6 1st
2017 8.3 6th
2018 8.3 20th


GETTING TO THE QUARTERBACK:  A-State has ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in sacks four of the last five years, posting a combined 152 sacks over that span.  The Red Wolves have recorded at least one sack in 27 consecutive games dating back to the 2016 season.


Yr. Avg. Rank
2014 2.9 17th
2015 2.4 41st
2016 3.3 6th
2017 2.9 19th
2018 3.0 23rd


UNDER 300:  Arkansas State held five opponents under 300 yards total offense each of the previous two years (2016-17), matching its combined total for the two seasons prior to that (2014-15).  Dating back to the 2016 campaign, the Red Wolves have held 10 of their last 19 opponents to under 300 yards total offense.


PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES:  A-State has put up strong defensive numbers in third and fourth-down situations over the last five seasons (2014-18), ranking no worse than 36th nationally in either category four of those seasons.  The Red Wolves’ best third-down ranking (for a full season) came in 2015 at No. 19, while they finished among the top 10 teams on fourth down each of the last two seasons (2016-17).  While A-State’s third-down percentage defense ranks 81st in the nation this season at 40%, it is actually just 28% (8 of 29) excluding the Alabama game – that would rank 18th in the nation.  Likewise, its fourth-down percentage defense in games excluding Tulsa is .000 (0 of 1).


Yr 3rd% Rank 4th% Rank
2014 .359 27th .435 36th
2015 .335 19th .333 11th
2016 .356 30th .250 4th
2017 .330 21st .364 9th
2018 .409 81st .750 107th


PICK IT OFF:  A-State has proved to be an opportunistic defense the previous four seasons (2014-17) when the ball has been put in the air, intercepting a combined 67 passes over that time that ranked as the fourth most in the nation over that span.  The only teams with more interceptions were San Diego State (77), Louisville (71) and Ohio State (71).  Sophomore safety Demari Medley picked off the first pass this season for A-State last week against Tulsa, and he returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.


Yr No. Rank
2014 16 15th
2015 26 1st
2016 .11 58th
2017 14 32nd
Totals 67 4th


FORCING TURNOVERS:  Arkansas State has recorded at least one turnover gained in 45 of 54 games (83 percent) under defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen.  The Red Wolves

have ranked among the top 29 teams in turnovers gained three of the previous four years as well (2014-17), and their combined 108 forced turnovers over that span were the fifth most in the nation.  While it recorded just one turnover (vs. Alabama) gained over its first two games, it recorded a season-high three last week against Tulsa.


Yr Turnovers Gained Rank
2014 28 21st
2015 34 2nd
2016 22 46th
2017 24

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