Jan 5, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves running back Sirgregory Thornton (21) is congratulated by offensive linesman Cliff Mitchell (63) and teammates after scoring a touchdown in the first half at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

GoDaddy Bowl 2014 final score: Arkansas State blocks game-tying field goal attempt to defeat Ball State 23-20


The Ball State Cardinals were just a 38-yard field goal away with two seconds to go in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl to keep their hopes alive of achieving their first bowl win in the history of the program. Unfortunately, the Arkansas State Red Wolves had other ideas as they blocked that attempt and won their second consecutive GoDaddy Bowl, 23-20.

Once again with interim coach John Thompson, the Red Wolves took home the trophy behind the efforts of dual-threat quarterback Fredi Knighten.

Knighten had the performance of the game, throwing for 115 yards on 15-of-20 passing with one touchdown, while also rushing the ball 19 timed for 97 yards in leading his team to the win.

Ball State looked to have that first bowl victory in hand when they drove 80 yards in 16 plays and took a 20-16 lead on a one-yard TD run from running back Jahwan Edwards with 1:33 left to go in the game.

When Arkansas State got the ball back, they put together a nice drive of their own, spanning 59 yards and resulting in Knighten’s only touchdown pass of the evening, a 13-yarder to Allen Muse for what would end up being the winning score.

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