Boxscore
Arkansas State 17, Kent State 13
Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:00 PM
Location - Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Attendance - 37913

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Kent State 0 10 3 0 13
Arkansas State 0 14 3 0 17

Recap


Arkansas State 17, Kent State 13:
J.D. McKissic set the Arkansas State single-season record for receptions, and made the go-ahead touchdown catch as the Red Wolves won the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

McKissic had 113 yards receiving on 11 catches - nine of which came in the first half - and finished with 101 receptions this season. Ryan Aplin, the most prolific passer in Sun Belt Conference history, completed 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards in his final game with the Red Wolves (11-3).


Dri Archer, Kent State's versatile All-American, generated 117 all-purpose yards but suffered a knee injury that sidelined him during crunch time. It was the final game for Golden Flashes coach Darrell Hazell, who's been hired by Purdue. Arkansas State's coach, Guz Malzahn, already left for Auburn. Defensive coordinator John Thompson served as interim coach before Bryan Harsin takes over next season.

Archer accounted for Kent State's only touchdown - a 16-yard run in the first quarter. The Golden Flashes maintained that 7-0 lead until Aplin got hot late in the first half, completing 10 consecutive passes on two touchdown drives. Arkansas State's David Oku capped the first with a 10-yard touchdown, and a 31-yard scoring strike from Aplin to McKissic finished the other.

Arkansas State's defense, which led the Sun Belt in points allowed as the Red Wolves repeated as conference champs, held Kent State scoreless for the final 16:44 to wrap up the win.


GAME NOTEBOOK: Arkansas State lost last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl to Northern Illinois, a team that beat Kent State in the MAC championship this season and earned a BCS bowl bid as a result of that victory. ... Kent State came into this game with 38 takeaways, but didn't force a single turnover. ... The MAC had won the previous three GoDaddy.com Bowls, and this marked the first-ever win in that game for a Sun Belt team. 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 12:10
Kent State   TD  Arkansas State 0 - Kent State 7
2nd Quarter - 5:40
Arkansas State   TD  Arkansas State 7 - Kent State 7
2nd Quarter - 1:13
Arkansas State   TD  Arkansas State 14 - Kent State 7
2nd Quarter - 0:19
Kent State   FG  Arkansas State 14 - Kent State 10
3rd Quarter - 8:35
Arkansas State   FG  Arkansas State 17 - Kent State 10
3rd Quarter - 1:44
Kent State   FG  Arkansas State 17 - Kent State 13
TEAMS

Team Records

  Kent State Arkansas State
W/L 11 - 3 - 0 10 - 3 - 0
Conference 8 - 1 - 0 7 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Kent State Arkansas State
Score 13 17
First Downs 19 19
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-15
20%
5-for-14
36%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-3
67%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 350 285
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 36-193 38-72
Average/Rush 5.4 1.9
Passing
Comp-Att 17-33 21-30
Passing Yards 157 213
Average/Pass Play 4.6 6.7
Penalties-Yards 7-68 3-35
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 33:05 26:55

PLAYER STATS

Kent State (11 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Keith 17/33 157 0 1
Arkansas State (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Aplin 21/30 213 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Archer 9 77 8.6 1
T. Durham 20 68 3.4 0
J. Durden 1 32 32.0 0
S. Keith 6 16 2.7 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Hayes 8 57 7.1 0
D. Oku 18 37 2.1 1
J. Jarboe 1 -1 -1.0 0
R. Aplin 8 -5 -0.6 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Hurdle 6 72 12.0 0
D. Archer 4 22 5.5 0
C. Humphrey 3 22 7.3 0
T. Durham 2 19 9.5 0
T. Erjavec 1 18 18.0 0
E. Adeyemi 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. McKissic 11 113 10.3 1
D. Griswold 3 54 18.0 0
J. Jarboe 3 24 8.0 0
T. Stockemer 2 16 8.0 0
R. Hayes 2 6 3.0 0