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Red Wolves Stay Unbeaten in Sun Belt Play

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Arkansas State's Blaise Taylor returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown one of two special teams scores for the Red Wolves in a 31-16 conference road win over Georgia State on Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

The Red Wolves have won four in a row after losing their first four games of the season. They have won 13 consecutive Sun Belt games.

Arkansas State's Cody Brown blocked a field-goal attempt and Chris Humes scooped it up and raced 57 yards for the only touchdown of the first half. The Red Wolves led 10-3 at halftime.

Georgia State quarterback Conner Manning returned after missing two games with an arm injury and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Keith Rucker that tied the score 10-10 with six minutes left in the third quarter.

Manning completed 22 of 46 passes for 237 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Johnston White scored on a 2-yard run on 4th-and-goal to give the Red Wolves a 17-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter and Taylor followed minutes later with his punt return for a touchdown to put the Red Wolves up two scores.

Georgia State (2-7 1-4 Sun Belt) answered with its own big play on special teams with freshman Tra Barnett returning a kickoff 90 yards for a score to give the Panthers life.

Down 24-16 with just over two minutes to play Georgia State went for it on fourth down from inside their 5-yard line but failed to convert.

Arkansas State (4-4 4-0) capitalized with another short touchdown run by White to seal the win.

Courtesy of USA Today Sports