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Originally published Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM

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Arkansas State blocks late field goal to beat Ball State in GoDaddy Bowl


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MOBILE, Ala. — Backup quarterback Fredi Knighten threw a 13-yard pass to Allen Muse with 32 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.

Ball State had a chance to tie at the end of regulation, but Scott Secor’s 38-yard field-goal attempt was blocked as time expired.

Arkansas State (8-5) won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter. It was the Red Wolves’ third straight trip to Mobile.

Knighten had 115 yards passing and 97 yards rushing.

Ball State (10-3) pushed ahead 20-16 with 1:33 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahwan Edwards, but couldn’t hold the lead. Edwards finished with a game-high 146 yards rushing.

Keith Wenning capped his Ball State career with 215 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.

Notes

• Versatile Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Thomas announced the decision on Sunday via GoDucks.com, the school’s athletic website.

• Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is off to the NFL, person familiar with the junior wideout’s decision said. Watkins set school season and career records for catches and tied the school career mark with 27 touchdowns.

The source also said two other Tigers — receiver Martavis Bryant and cornerback Bashaud Breeland — were also going to enter the NFL draft.

• Miami coach Al Golden released a statement saying he is not a “candidate for another position.” Golden’s alma mater, Penn State, reportedly target him as a top candidate to become its next coach.

2013-14 bowl games
The BCS National Championship is Monday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
BowlTeamsDate, locationTV
New MexicoColorado State 48, Washington State 45
Las VegasUSC 45, Fresno State 20
Idaho Potato San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24
New Orleans Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21
Beef ‘O’ Brady’sEast Carolina 37, Ohio 20
Sheraton HawaiiOregon State 38, Boise State 23

Little Caesars Pizza

Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27
PoinsettiaUtah State 21, Northern Illinois 14
Military Bowl Marshall 31, Maryland 20

Texas

Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17

Fight Hunger

Washington 31, Brigham Young 16

New Era Pinstripe

Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16
BelkNorth Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17

Russell Athletic

Louisville 36, Miami 9

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kansas State 31, Michigan 14
Armed ForcesNavy 24, Middle Tenn. State 6
Music CityMississippi 25, Georgia Tech 17
AlamoOregon 30, Texas 7
HolidayTexas Tech 37, Arizona State 23

AdvoCare V100

Arizona 42, Boston College 19
SunUCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12
LibertyMississippi State 44, Rice 7

Chick-fil-A

Texas A&M 52, Duke 48
GatorNebraska 24, Georgia 19
Heart of Dallas North Texas 36, UNLV 14
Capital One South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24
Outback Louisiana State 21, Iowa 14
Rose Bowl Michigan State 24, Stanford 20
Fiesta Central Florida 52, Baylor 42
Sugar Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31
CottonMissouri 41, Oklahoma State 31
Orange Clemson 40, Ohio State 35
CompassVanderbilt 41, Houston 24
GoDaddyArkansas State 23, Ball State 20
BCS Florida State vs. Auburn Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.5:30 p.m., ESPN


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