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.
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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.
• 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.|
|New Mexico||Colorado State 48, Washington State 45|
|Las Vegas||USC 45, Fresno State 20|
|Idaho Potato||San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24|
|New Orleans||Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21|
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s||East Carolina 37, Ohio 20|
|Sheraton Hawaii||Oregon State 38, Boise State 23|
Little Caesars Pizza
|Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27|
|Poinsettia||Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14|
|Military Bowl||Marshall 31, Maryland 20|
|Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17|
|Washington 31, Brigham Young 16|
New Era Pinstripe
|Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16|
|Belk||North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17|
|Louisville 36, Miami 9|
Buffalo Wild Wings
|Kansas State 31, Michigan 14|
|Armed Forces||Navy 24, Middle Tenn. State 6|
|Music City||Mississippi 25, Georgia Tech 17|
|Alamo||Oregon 30, Texas 7|
|Holiday||Texas Tech 37, Arizona State 23|
|Arizona 42, Boston College 19|
|Sun||UCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12|
|Liberty||Mississippi State 44, Rice 7|
|Texas A&M 52, Duke 48|
|Gator||Nebraska 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|
|Cotton||Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 31|
|Orange||Clemson 40, Ohio State 35|
|Compass||Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24|
|GoDaddy||Arkansas State 23, Ball State 20|
|BCS||Florida State vs. Auburn||Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.||5:30 p.m., ESPN|