JONESBORO, Ark. -- — Marcel Murray had a 75-yard run for a touchdown and Trevian Thomas added a 27-yard pick-6 and Arkansas State held off a late UMass rally to take a 35-33 non-conference win on Saturday.
The Red Wolves took a 35-19 lead after three quarters when Johnnie Lang capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive with a 12-yard run for a score.
UMass (1-9) cut the deficit to 35-27 on a 4-yard run by Ellis Merriweather, who then caught the two-point conversion pass from Garrett Dzuro early in the fourth quarter. Dzuro added a 27-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Ross with 18 seconds left to set the final margin.
James Blackman was 10-of-18 passing for 142 yards and threw two touchdown passes and an interception. Murray finished with 123 yards rushing on eight carries for Arkansas State (3-7).