Ball State looks to win first bowl game
Arkansas State mobilizes entire state to win more
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State Football Coach Pete Lembo has worked since day one to win a bowl game and the GoDaddy Bowl against Arkansas State might just be the one to make history.
Sure it is a great matchup between the 10-2 Cardinals and 7-5 Red Wolves that has teams of mostly seniors and veterans that know how to win.
After a crazy week of coaches taking jobs, and the usual bowl hype, Lembo and his staff that now includes new offensive coordinator Joey Lynch, a legacy and former Ball State quarterback, was working Tuesday to plan a game winning strategy at the GoDaddy Bowl.
And that game plan pits a nationally recognized quarterback, Keith Wenning who leads the Cardinals against a strong defensive team with senior quarterback Adam Kennedy who has won a bowl game.
Lembo sees the threat of Red Wolves receiver J.D. McKissic who had 73 catches this season with 590 yards and runner Michael Gordon with 106 carries for 717 yards this season..
That compares to runner Jahwan Edwards who ranks 20th in the nation for rushing touchdowns and has the Ball State record with 38. And there;s receiver Willie Sneed who ranks fourth in the nation in receiving yards per game at 119 and eighth in receptions per game with eight.
Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson was confident that the Red Wolves had the talent and energy to win another bowl game after a practice last weekend. Thompson took over that head coach Bryan Harsin got a job at Boise State.
The Red Wolves sports machine is mobilizing the entire state to come to the bowl game that is only a couple states from Arkansas State. Ball State sports is counting on its fan base to travel to the gulf coast on Jan, 5 as it did to the Beef 'O Brady;s Bowl last year in St. Petersburg, Fla. where the Cardinals lost to Central Florida.