JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After an historic win in Mobile, the Red Wolves made the long trip back to Jonesboro Monday. The team was welcomed home by fans that lined the street at Liberty Bank Stadium.
As the busses full of Red Wolves were escorted back home by police, fans welcomed home the bowl winners.
"Wow, it'll just bring you to tears," fan, Ken Stuart told Region 8 News about the win. He and his family left Mobile Monday morning.
"Just drove in. We haven't even been home. We drove straight to the stadium," Stuart said. They made it in time to welcome the football players home.
Another fan who welcomed home the team is ASU Freshman, Wes Watts. He and his friends watched the game from home as the Red Wolves beat the Golden Flashes 17-13.
"We were all really happy when they won. Screaming, jumping around," Watts described.
Other fans who spoke with Region 8 News seemed to have that same general reaction for ASU's first bowl game win in 42 years.
"My kids thought I was nuts because I was the most excited one in the house," Kimberly Tribble said. "I was jumping and screaming. It was very exciting," she told Region 8 News.
Though fans admitted the game was a bit nerve wracking at times.
"I was kind of nervous in the fourth quarter when they were driving against us," Watts said. "But I think we all realized that these seniors didn't want to go out with a loss."
Seniors like Ryan Aplin, Taylor Stockemer, Nathan Herrold and Neely Sullivent who've been through the many obstacles and coaching changes the football team has faced over the past five years.
It's something Stuart said makes the win all that more memorable
"It had to have been special for all they've been through. Especially the five year seniors, through all the coaches and having lost the game last year, you know, it was just...they made up their minds that they were gonna win that game."
The Red Wolves made it back into town around 4:15 Monday afternoon.