JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -
threw three touchdown passes to lead Arkansas State to a 31-14 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.
Leonard turned in the best offensive night of his career with 366 total yards. He passed for 292 yards (17-of-31) and added
74 yards rushing.
for a pair of scores and added a third toss to
(3-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) won their conference opener for the seventh time in eight years. The 3-1 mark is the best start for ASU
since 1986. Middle Tennessee (1-3, 0-2) had won five straight against Arkansas State.
built a 17-0 halftime lead, the last score coming on a 14-yard pass to Johnson with 36 seconds left.
Arkansas State had opened the scoring on a 17-yard screen pass from Leonard to Arnold with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
Arkansas State made it 10-0 on
's 35-yard field goal with 8:30 left in the half.
made it 24-0 after the opening drive of the second half. Leonard hit Johnson with a 2-yard scoring pass with 8:35 left in
the third quarter.
scored on a 2-yard run for Middle Tennessee with 2:19 left in the third quarter for 24-7.
scored on a 14-yard run with 12:34 left to make it 31-7.
grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass from
with 9:17 left.
Middle Tennessee had 315 yards offense, only 44 yards rushing. ASU produced 440 yards, 292 passing and 148 rushing. ASU had
no turnovers while Middle Tennessee gave up two interceptions.