Arkansas State 23, Ball State 20

Date - Sunday, January 5, 2014 9:00 PM
Location - Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Attendance - 36119

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Arkansas State 0 10 6 7 23
Ball State 7 3 0 10 20

Recap


Arkansas State 23, Ball State 20: Fredi Knighten tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Allen Muse with 32 seconds left and the Red Wolves blocked a 38-yard field goal try as time expired to stun the Cardinals at the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Knighten relieved the injured Adam Kennedy at quarterback early in the second quarter and passed for 115 yards and the touchdown and ran for another 97 yards to lead the Red Wolves (8-5). J.D. McKissic was the top target, catching 10 passes for 82 yards for Arkansas State.

Jahwan Edwards rushed for 146 yards and his 1-yard touchdown run with 1:33 remaining seemed like it might hold up until Arkansas State’s final drive. Keith Wenning passed for 215 yards and a touchdown in his final college game for the Cardinals (10-3), connecting nine times with Willie Snead for 87 yards and a touchdown.

After Edwards gave Ball State a 20-16 lead with his touchdown run, Knighten completed a 26-yard pass to McKissic to move the ball to the Ball State 19 and, two players later, Knighten connected with Muse for a 23-20 lead.

Wenning was able to move the ball near midfield with 11 seconds left, then got a break when Arkansas State was called for a 15-yard personal foul after a 10-yard completion to Snead, putting the ball at the 21-yard line. Secor lined up for his third field-goal try of the game but the kick was blocked by Ryan Carrethers, dropping Ball State’s record to 0-7 in bowl games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ball State came in 11th in the nation at 40.1 points and had scored no less than 27 in every previous game this season. … Edwards surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. … Kennedy re-aggravated a knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale and Knighten took all the snaps at quarterback after the opening drive of the second quarter.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 3:07
Ball State   TD  Ball State 7 - Arkansas State 0
2nd Quarter - 10:18
Arkansas State   FG  Ball State 7 - Arkansas State 3
2nd Quarter - 4:09
Ball State   FG  Ball State 10 - Arkansas State 3
2nd Quarter - 0:48
Arkansas State   TD  Ball State 10 - Arkansas State 10
3rd Quarter - 10:45
Arkansas State   FG  Ball State 10 - Arkansas State 13
3rd Quarter - 7:21
Arkansas State   FG  Ball State 10 - Arkansas State 16
4th Quarter - 12:58
Ball State   FG  Ball State 13 - Arkansas State 16
4th Quarter - 1:33
Ball State   TD  Ball State 20 - Arkansas State 16
4th Quarter - 0:32
Arkansas State   TD  Ball State 20 - Arkansas State 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  Arkansas State Ball State
W/L 8 - 5 - 0 10 - 3 - 0
Conference 5 - 2 - 0 7 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Arkansas State Ball State
Score 23 20
First Downs 17 27
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-13
31%
9-for-18
50%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
1-for-3
33%
Total Yards 331 363
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 39-202 39-148
Average/Rush 5.2 3.8
Passing
Comp-Att 18-26 23-44
Passing Yards 129 215
Average/Pass Play 4.6 4.7
Penalties-Yards 10-86 3-25
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 26:36 33:24

PLAYER STATS

Arkansas State (8 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
F. Knighten 15/20 115 1 1
A. Kennedy 3/5 14 0 0
T. Houston 0/1 0 0 0
Ball State (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Wenning 23/44 215 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
F. Knighten 19 97 5.1 0
M. Gordon 6 37 6.2 0
R. Fleming 1 27 27.0 0
J. McKissic 2 21 10.5 0
S. Thornton 3 14 4.7 1
A. Kennedy 6 10 1.7 0
D. Oku 1 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Edwards 28 146 5.2 1
T. Williamson 3 14 4.7 0
K. Wenning 5 -1 -0.2 0
K. Schmidt 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. McKissic 9 72 8.0 0
A. Muse 3 14 4.7 1
R. Fleming 2 13 6.5 0
D. Griswold 1 11 11.0 0
J. Jones 1 11 11.0 0
T. Houston 1 4 4.0 0
D. Oku 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
W. Snead 9 87 9.7 1
J. Smith 4 56 14.0 0
J. Williams 4 34 8.5 0
Z. Fakes 4 28 7.0 0
D. Curry 2 10 5.0 0