December 21, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Ball State (10-2, 7-1 MAC) vs. Arkansas State (7-5, 5-2 Sun Belt)
Sunday, January 5, 2013 • 9:00 pm ET • Mobile, Ala. • Ladd -Peebles Stadium (40,646)
ESPN • Announcers: Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (analyst), Allison Williams (sideline reporter)
Ball State Notes:
• Ball State has won 16 of their past 18 regular season contests and 12-1
in its last 13 MAC contests.
• Ball State has posted 10 victories in 2013, which marks only the third
time in the school’s 89-year football history the Cardinals have won at
least 10 games in a season (10-1 in 1978 and 12-2 in 2008).
• Ball State’s seven MAC wins marks only the fifth time since joining the
league in 1975 they have tallied at least seven wins in the MAC.
• Ball State has reached bowl eligibility for a third straight season.
• This marks the second time the Cardinals have played in back-to-back
bowl games. Ball State played in the 2007 International Bowl and the
2008 GMAC Bowl plus played in the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
Bowl and now the GoDaddy Bowl.
• The Cardinals have scored 481 points this season, which ranks as the
second highest single-season total in school history. The school standard
for points in a year is 489 in 2008.
• Ball State reached the 40-point mark for the seventh time this season
when it won its regular season finale 55-14 over Miami, setting the school
record for the most games of 40 or more points in school history. Ball
State scored 50 or more points three times in 2013, a school record.
• Ball State ranks No. 1 in the MAC and ninth in the country in passing
offense (333.3) plus is No. 2 in the MAC and 13th in the nation in scoring
• Ball State leads the country with 18 fumble recoveries and lead the
MAC and are eighth in the nation for fewest penalties per game (3.83)
and are No. 7 in the NCAA in fewest penalty yards per game (31.58).
Wenning Ways: Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning holds
the Ball State career records for touchdown passes (91), passing yards
(11,187), pass completions (1,012) and pass attempts (1,598). Wenning
also ranks in MAC career rankings including: touchdown passes (4th),
passing yards (6th), pass completions (4th) and pass attempts (4th).
Wenning is the only FBS quarterback in the country with at least 299
passing yards in 10 games this year. He ranks fifth in the nation with
3,933 passing yards, sixth with 327.8 passing yards per game, 27th in
the country with 13.29 passing yards per completion and 10th with 331.5
total offense yards per game.
Touchdown Machine: Jahwan Edwards, who ranks 20th in the nation
in rushing touchdowns, set the Ball State record for total touchdowns
in a career with 38 scores. Edwards has scored all 38 of his TDs on the
ground and also holds the school record for rushing touchdowns in a
career. Edwards has had three 100-yard rushing games this season and 11
in his career. His 11 100-yard rushing games in a career is tied for fourth
on Ball State’s all-time list.
Willie Snead IV: Willie Snead, who ranks fourth in the nation with 14
receiving touchdowns, broke the school record for TD catches in a season
with his two vs. Central Michigan. He ranks second on Ball State’s
career list for receiving TDs with 25, while the all-time leader is Darius
Hill (31, 2005-08). Snead has 10 touchdown receptions in the past seven
games. He leads the nation with nine games this season with 100 or more
yards receiving. Snead also ranks fourth in the nation in receiving yards
per game (119.1) and eighth in receptions per game (8.1).
Leading the D: Ben Ingle leads the team with 105 tackles, while Brian
Jones has 90 and Zack Ryan is third with 85. Jones leads the club with
four fumble recoveries and is one shy of tying the single-season school
record. Jonathan Newsome leads the Cardinals with 11.5 tackles for loss
Arkansas State Notes:
• Arkansas State finished the regular season with a 7-5 overall record, 5-2
in the Sun Belt and the Red Wolves won their third consecutive Sun Belt
Conference championship and trip to the GoDaddy Bowl.
John Thompson To Lead A-State As Interim Head Coach: Arkansas
State defensive coordinator John Thompson was named Interim Head
Coach on Dec. 11 following Bryan Harsin’s acceptance of the Boise State
Head coaching position.
Lee and McKissic Named to SI.com All-America Team: Arkansas
State junior linebacker Qushaun Lee and sophomore wide receiver J.D.
McKissic were named to Sports Illustrated’s Honorable Mention All-
Lee, a two-time All-Sun Belt pick, ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference
and 18th in the nation in tackles with 9.9 per game. His 119 total
stops are the most by an A-State player since 2003. Lee has also recorded
six tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles this
McKissic, Arkansas State’s all-time leader in receptions, has put together
another stellar season after earning Freshman All-America honors in
2012. He earned All-Sun Belt Conference recognition at three different
positions this season, including first team accolades at wide receiver and
all-purpose while achieving second team honors as a return specialist as
One year after breaking the school record for receptions in a season with
103 to his credit, he has recorded a Sun Belt Conference-leading 72
catches this season. He piled up 590 receiving yards, the second most on
the team, to run his two-year total to 1,612 that ranks as the seventh most
in A-State history.
Nationally, he ranks third in kickoff returns (30.0 ypr), 35th in receptions
(6.1 rpg), 36th in punt returns (8.4 ypr) and 42nd in all-purpose yards
A-State with 12 on All-Sun Belt Team: Arkansas State placed a leaguehigh
12 players on the 2013 All-Sun Belt Conference Team, including
four first-team selections.
Arkansas State had six offensive, five defensive and one special teams
players earn a spot on the team at 14 different positions. A-State, which
claimed its third consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship in 2013,
led the conference in total players selected for the fourth straight year.
Sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic, junior linebacker Qushaun Lee,
senior defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers and senior kicker Brian Davis
all represented the Red Wolves on the first team. In addition to earning
first-team accolades at wide receiver, McKissic was an all-purpose
choice on the top team and a second-team pick as a return specialist.
A-State’s second-team selections included sophomore running back Michael
Gordon, sophomore tight end Darion Griswold, senior offensive
lineman Steven Haunga, sophomore offensive lineman Bryce Giddens
sophomore cornerback Rocky Hayes and junior safety Sterling Young.
Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy and sophomore defensive end Chris
Stone made the squad as honorable mention picks.