Red Wolves Headed Back to Mobile Howlabama
Sources familiar with the bowl negotiations indicated that once the NCAA resolved the Georgia Southern bowl eligibility appeal, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl indicated they would take Louisiana Lafayette and the GoDaddy Bowl then elected to use the second selection to take AState.
Arkansas State will be making a fourth consecutive appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl. The Red Wolves add a new wrinkle to the trip by playing the game for the first time without an interim head coach. AState the only school to play in three GoDaddy Bowl games now becomes the first to play in the game four times.
The Red Wolves past history of bringing large crowds to the city played a major role in being selected as the game had three Sun Belt teams to select from including 7-5 Texas State and Mobile based 6-6 South Alabama. All three teams tied in the Sun Belt standings and split the regular season games against each other. AL.com is reporting that South Alabama will be invited to the Raycom Camellia Bowl.
AState will enter the game coming off the biggest offensive out-pouring in school history in the final regular season game amassing over 700 yards offense against New Mexico State.
The GoDaddy Bowl has an announced payout of $750,000 but approximately half of that payout is in tickets to be sold by Arkansas State. To receive the full payout tickets have to be purchased from the AState ticket office. AState will assign tickets in priority based on donation level, years of giving, and ticket purchases.
Red Wolves GoDaddy History
AState 23 Ball State 20
Fredi Knighten's 13 yard TD pass to Allen Muse gave AState the lead and Ryan Carrethers blocked Ball State's field goal attempt to tie the game at the horn.
AState 17 Kent State 13
Kent State cut the AState lead to 17-13 with a FG in the third quarter. Kent put together a final rally that was snuffed out on fourth down when Qushaun Lee stopped Kent QB Spencer Lee just short of the first down marker.
AState 20 Northern Illinois 38
The Red Wolves posted a 13-0 lead after twice settling for field goals in the first quarter. NIU then posted 31 unanswered points to lead 31-7. AState cut it to 20-31 but got no closer. The NIU out-gained AState 401 to 381.
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