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Wild ending leads to Arkansas State upset of Ball State in GoDaddy Bowl

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Maybe Arkansas State should just hire interim coach John Thompson as its permanent coach.

For the second-straight year, Thompson picked up the pieces of a coaching staff in turmoil — the result of Brian Harsin being hired away by Boise State — and led the Red Wolves to a postseason victory, this time defeating favored Ball State, 23-20, in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile on Sunday night.

This one featured a wild finish, as Ball State rallied from a 16-10 third-quarter deficit to take a 20-16 lead with 1:33 to play.

But ASU came back and went 59 yards in five plays, with Fredi Knighten finding Allen Muse for a 13-yard touchdown pass to put the Red Wolves up, 23-20, with 32 seconds left.

The Cardinals weren’t finished. Keith Wenning passed Ball State into Red Hawk territory, then completed a first-down throw to Willie Snead with two seconds left at the ASU 36 yard line. A late hit penalty advanced it to the 21 and BSU had a chance to pull out the victory with a field goal.

But Scott Secor’s 38-yard attempt was blocked and ASU secured the wild win.

The Red Wolves finished up the year 8-5, while Ball State fell to 10-3.

With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 0-7 in bowl games. Arkansas State moved to 2-2 in bowls and can now embark upon its coaching search with a little bit of momentum behind it.

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5 Responses to “Wild ending leads to Arkansas State upset of Ball State in GoDaddy Bowl”
  1. tmb333 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:08 AM

    This loss is on Ball States coach. They should have ran more clock when the had it first and goal at the one instead of the quick snaps. They should have used the gale force wind and kicked the ball out of the end zone instead of short kicking and giving ASU he ball at the 40.

    Coaches may know the game but most have no clue how to manage the clock or their time outs. It appeared BSU was trying to leave time on the clock for ASU.

  2. Brian Basher says: Jan 6, 2014 1:10 AM

    “Arkansas State moved to 2-2 in bowls and can now embark upon its coaching search with a little bit of momentum behind it.”

    NEWSFLASH Arkansas Sate hired Blake Anderson on Dec 19th that’s almost a month ago

    First you listed Arkansas State a PAC 12 team then listed the Go Daddy Bowl as being in Birmingham instead of Mobile and now this…

    Seriously have you EVER heard of fact checking or do you just prefer to make sh*t up on the fly?

  3. meatcarroll says: Jan 6, 2014 4:14 AM

    Ball State, more like Balls Tate. Golden Tate’s brother.

  4. barnesaintnoble says: Jan 6, 2014 9:33 AM

    Does Ball State want Brady Hoke back?

  5. doctorlb says: Jan 6, 2014 11:35 AM

    Ball State plays football, but they have not had a Letterman for decades………….

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