January 6, 2014
Mobile, Alabama - Just when it looked like Ball State would collect its first win in bowl history, the Cardinals found a way to lose 23-20 to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. A Red Wolves win became even more improbable when the 8-point underdogs lost quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter.
Ball State took a 20-16 lead with 1:33 left on a 1-yard run by Jahwan Edwards, only to see the Arkansas State return the ensuing kickoff to its own 41. Five plays later, the Red Wolves were back on top 23-20 on a 13-yard pass from Fredi Muten to Allen Muse with 32 ticks remaining.
With the clock winding down under 10 seconds on the following Ball State drive, Keith Wenning found Willie Snead on the sideline for a 10-yard gain and a late hit advanced the ball to the Arkansas State 21 to set up a 38-yard game-tying field goal attempt.
New life in overtime appeared to be inevitable for Ball State, but Scott Secor's kick was smothered as time expired.
It was the second GoDaddy.com Bowl win in as many years for Arkansas State, which notched both victories with defensive coordinator John Thompson serving as interim head coach.
Bryan Harsin accepted the Boise State opening and North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson now takes over as head coach of the Red Wolves. Thompson coached last year's bowl game when Gus Malzahn left for Auburn.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected Ball State as an 8.31-point winner.