JONESBORO, Ark. (12/8/13) – The Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State football team will play Mid-American Conference member Ball State in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl, it was announced Sunday after the Cardinals accepted an invitation to the Jan. 5 bowl game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The Red Wolves accepted an invitation last Monday, Dec. 2, to play in the GoDaddy Bowl for an unprecedented third consecutive year in the game's 15-year history. Arkansas State dropped a 38-20 decision to Northern Illinois in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl, but claimed a 17-13 victory over then-ranked No. 25 Kent State in last year's version of the bowl game.
Ball State completed the regular season with a 10-2 overall record and as the Mid-American Conference's West Division runner-up behind Northern Illinois with a 7-1 league mark. The Cardinals reached 10 victories for the third time in school history, winning eight of their last nine games to conclude the regular season.
Led by 13 All-MAC selections, Ball State will be making a bowl-game appearance for the second consecutive season. The Cardinals dropped a 38-17 decision against UCF last season at the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl that brought their final 2012 record to 9-4.
The 2014 GoDaddy Bowl will mark the first ever meeting between Arkansas State and Ball State. The Red Wolves won four of their final five regular-season games this season to finish with a 7-5 overall record, which included a 5-2 league mark that placed them atop the final Sun Belt Conference standings with Louisiana-Lafayette.
Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets only through the A-State Ticket Office to directly support the Red Wolves and to ensure they receive priority seating within the designated A-State area.
Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office. Tickets will be available for purchase at the pep rally event, but fans can also go to AStateRedWolves.com and click on 'Bowl Game Central' (AStateRedWolves.com/BowlGame) to order tickets. The A-State Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance, is also taking walk-up or telephone (870-972-2781) orders.