ASU Tops Blue Raiders in First SBC GameOctober 5, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Hines Totes the Mail: Blue Raider QB Andrico Hines came into today's game against Arkansas State having rushed for 187 yards on the season. He continued his running today with 76 yards on 18 carries. Hines also tallied a 6-yard rushing score in the third quarter for his second career rushing touchdown. The yardage tally is the best of Hines' career, besting his 63-yard effort against Tennessee earlier in the season.
Proby Starts ... But Where?: Senior Jonathan Proby was in the starting lineup against Arkansas State today, but he started in the third different position in as many games. Over the past three contests, Proby has started at tight end, left tackle and right tackle. Proby's natural position is left tackle.
Billings Still Strong: Punter Robert Billings kept putting up impressive numbers today against Arkansas State. Billings booted three punts, averaging 43.3 yards per kick including a long of 49 yards. Billings also pinned ASU inside the 20 yard line once.
No TD's against the D: For the first time this season, the Blue Raider defense kept the opposing offense out of the endzone. The Blue Raider defense held ASU to only two field goals in the game, both coming in the first quarter. The only touchdown for Arkansas State in the contest came on an interception returned for a score in the third quarter. The defense also limited Arkansas State to 288 yards, the lowest total by the opposition this year.
Quick Hitters: LB Kenny Edward made his first career start today against the Indians ... WR David Youell extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 27 ... WR Reggie Jones made his first career catch in the third quarter ... Freshman QB Josh Harris saw his first career action today when he came in to relieve Andrico Hines in the fourth quarter ... LB Brandon Lynch equaled his career high in tackles with eight ... The Blue Raider offense outgained its opposition for the first time this year ... Middle Tennessee starts the year 0-5 for the first time since 1980 ... The loss is only the second ever suffered by the Blue Raiders in Sun Belt Conference play.
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