WONDER BOYS ROLL IN HEART OF TEXAS BOWL
Updated: December 6, 2015
By – ATU Sports Information
COPPERAS COVE, Texas — Arsenio Favor completed 19 of 30 passes for 357 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 84 yards and two more scores, Bryan Allen rushed for 150 yards, while Logan Genz broke his own single-game tackles record with a 25-tackle performance as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team (9-3) rolled to a 51-35 win over Eastern New Mexico (6-6) in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl on Saturday.
Arkansas Tech 7, Eastern New Mexico 0 – 13:20 1st quarter – Jabyes Cross 48-yard pass from Arsenio Favor (Perez kick). 5 plays, 78 yards, 1:40.
Arkansas Tech 9, Eastern New Mexico 0 – 13:09 1st quarter – Logan Genz 5 yard safety
Arkansas Tech 16, Eastern New Mexico 0 – 10:35 1st quarter – Chris Eastburn 2-yard pass from Arsenio Favor (Perez kick). 10 plays, 57 yards, 2:27.
Arkansas Tech 16, Eastern New Mexico 7 – 7:12 1st quarter – Kamal Cass 2-yard run (Callian kick). 7 plays, 50arkansas yards, 3:16.
Arkansas Tech 23, Eastern New Mexico 7 – 5:51 1st quarter – Arsenio Favor 8-yard run (Perez kick). 4 plays, 83 yards, 1:16.
Arkansas Tech 23, Eastern New Mexico 14 – 11:08 2nd quarter – Aaron Johnson 27-yard pass from Jeremy Buurma (Callian kick). 19 plays, 60 yards, 6:52.
Arkansas Tech 30, Eastern New Mexico 14 – 3:06 2nd quarter – Jermaine Murdock 8-yard pass from Arsenio Favor (Perez kick). 6 plays, 57 yards, 1:41.
Arkansas Tech 30, Eastern New Mexico 21 – 2:00 2nd quarter – Aaron Johnson 65-yard pass from Jeremy Buurma (Callian kick). 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:06.
Arkansas Tech 37, Eastern New Mexico 21 – 1:36 2nd quarter – Jabyes Cross 69-yard pass from Arsenio Favor (Perez kick). 1 play, 69 yards, 0:17.
Arkansas Tech 37, Eastern New Mexico 28 – 0:06 2nd quarter – Adrian Horton 1-yard pass from Jeremy Buurma (Callian kick). 9 plays, 60 yards, 1:23.
Arkansas Tech 37, Eastern New Mexico 35 – 5:20 3rd quarter – Kamal Cass 1-yard run (Callian kick). 13 plays, 82 yards, 4:15.
Arkansas Tech 44, Eastern New Mexico 35 – 12:30 4th quarter – Brayden Stringer 37-yard pass from Arsenio Favor (Perez kick). 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:22.
Arkansas Tech 51, Eastern New Mexico 35 – 9:16 4th quarter – Arsenio Favor 21-yard run (Perez kick). 7 plays, 58 yards, 2:20.
Favor was named bowl MVP after his performance. The senior accounted for seven touchdowns which tied a Great American Conference record.
Genz broke his own school and GAC single-game tackles record – previously 24 against Arkansas-Monticello in 2013.
Genz finished his career with 480 career tackles – the fourth-highest total in Division II history. Only Deric Sieck (Winona State, 517 tackles 2000-03), Jason Ocean (Livingstone, 516 tackles 2000-03), and Nate Drieling (Pittsburg State, 491 tackles 2010-13) have more.
Bryan Allen finished his freshman campaign with 1,150 rushing yards. His total is the third-highest single-season rushing total in Arkansas Tech history behind Robert Marley (1,298 yards in 1965) and Larry Brown (1,192 yards in 1970).
Favor’s two rushing touchdowns gave him 17 on the season – tying John Tucker for the second-highest single-season total in school history, set in 1921. Tucker’s 1922 season (19 touchdowns) is the only higher total.
Favor also threw for 2,269 yards on the season – the sixth-highest total in school history and the highest single-season mark since Tanner Marsh threw for 2,874 yards in 2012. His five touchdown passes for the game was one shy of the school record and the most passing TDs by an Arkansas Tech quarterback since Nick Graziano threw for five scores against Henderson State in 2009.
The first five drives of the game all ended with scores (one being a defensive score). In all, 11 of 14 first-half drives ended with points on the board. That decreased sharply in the second half as points were scored on just three of 10 drives.
Tech outgained ENMU 620-to-503, and outgained the nation’s third-ranked rushing offense 263-248 on the ground.
COACH MONICA SAYS
On his team’s turnaround from last season – “We felt like we had a good nucleus coming back on defense. I told the coaches if we could be as good as we were on defense last year, we had a chance. The coaches did a great job and statistically we were better. Offensively, coach Dearmon did a great job coming in and putting in the Auburn system. Our guys got better and better. Today, Arsenio Favor came out on a mission from the first snap, and I kind of sensed that coming into the game. I felt like he had a great chance of having a huge game and he did. I’m proud of our guys.”
On key performances today by Arsenio Favor and Logan Genz – “When you have a quarterback who can make plays and a linebacker who can make plays, those are the two spots you have to have making the plays. And all year long we’ve had good play from those positions.”