The second fumble recovered in a matter of minutes, freshman safety Kareem Peterson jumped on a Red Wolves fumble to give the ball back to Western for one more chance this half.
That was the second fumble, but the first wasn’t as routine.
Arkansas State had driven down to the Western 29-yard line, but oddity struck the Red Wolves.
Quarterback Ryan Alpin was hit from behind and the ball was ruled an incomplete pass. After a look by the replay booth, the ball was awarded to the Toppers without counting the fumble return, which the referees originally ruled dead.