MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -
rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown and kicker
made three field goals to lead Memphis to a 29-17 over Arkansas State on Saturday.
added a pair of touchdown runs for the Tigers (2-3), who won their second straight.
had won the last two games in the series on a final-play desperation pass in 2006, and a second-half rally that erased a 31-6
Memphis lead last year.
This time, the Tigers had enough of a cushion to hold off the
(3-2), the final Tiger score coming on Steele?s 2-yard run with 2:12 left.
The Memphis defense was effective in the game, allowing Arkansas State only 124 yards in the second half and holding the Wolves
scoreless. Defensive tackle
recorded four sacks in the game.
Arkansas State quarterback
completed 11 of 23 passes for 173 yards.
? rushers with 79 yards on 11 carries.
The Wolves led 17-16 at the half, the difference being a blocked extra point after the Tigers? second touchdown. Zaccario
was doing the Tiger kicking after regular kicker
suffered a hip injury before the game.
Zaccario converted a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter, and added kicks of 37 and 40 yards in the second half.
Memphis, which had success with it running game last week against Nicholls State, started on the ground Saturday. Jones scored
on runs of 3 and 7 yards, while Steele recorded 70 yards on the ground for the Tigers in the half.
offense was stymied on the first two drives before their ground attack got untracked with Leonard?s fakes and the running
Leonard opened the Arkansas State scoring with a 23-yard run, and Arnold added 9-yard touchdown.
?s 33-yard field goal with 18 seconds left before halftime gave the
the lead heading into the break, but it would be their last points.
Arkansas State, which had 145 yards rushing in the half, was limited to 83 yards through the air, most of them coming when
Leonard facing third-and-10 at his own 6, connected with Arnold on a screen pass for 51 yards leading to the Wolves? second