Sunday's Bowl Preview
BY Associated Press
Sunday, January 06, 2013
1/06/13 at 7:36 AM
No. 25 Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3)
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
Line: Arkansas State by 4
Series record: First meeting
What's at stake
Kent State wants to finish a breakout season in style. It's the first time the Golden Flashes have been to a bowl game in 40 years and they've already set a school record for wins in a season. Arkansas State gets a second chance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl after losing last season to Northern Illinois.
Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin against the Kent State defense: Aplin owns nearly every passing record in Arkansas State history after throwing for 10,545 yards and 66 touchdowns in his four seasons. His final game will be against a Kent State defense that has forced 38 turnovers this season, which is the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Players to watch
Kent State: Junior RB Dri Archer has been the Golden Flashes' primary playmaker, rushing for a team-high 1,352 yards and 15 TDs this season.
Arkansas State: Junior RB David Oku has had a productive season after transferring from Tennessee, rushing for 1,054 yards and 15 touchdowns.