JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Justice Hansen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores, helping Arkansas State beat Georgia State 51-35 on Thursday night.
Hansen had four touchdowns in the first half — three passing, one rushing — to help Arkansas State build a 34-7 lead. He finished 17-of-28 passing for 257 yards and carried it 11 times for 76 yards.
Hansen set a school record on the first drive of the game with his 68th career touchdown pass, moving past Ryan Aplin?(2009-12). Warren Wand's 91-yard kickoff return set up Hansen's 8-yard sneak for a 13-7 lead. Hansen followed a 33-yard sneak with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Adams Jr. to make it 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Marcel Murray added 115 rushing yards and a touchdown for Arkansas State (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt).
Dan Ellington had 250 yards passing and three touchdowns for Georgia State (2-5, 1-2).
Tamir Jones' first catch of the season went for a 36-yard touchdown to tie it at 7. Ellington threw for his second touchdown, a 37-yarder to Cornelius McCoy, in the third quarter to pull to 34-14.