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Deja vu for Red Wolves football team

A-State accepts GoDaddy Bowl bid for third year straight

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 15:12

It’s déjà vu for the Red Wolves’ football team as they are going bowling in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. for the third consecutive year. This will mark A-State’s 10th bowl game of all-time.

While many were hoping for new scenery, senior wide-receiver R.J. Fleming is just happy they received the bid.

“It’s an answered prayer,” Fleming said. “I get to battle with my brothers one last time. Everyone is excited to be able to continue playing. Only thing we are really worried about now is winning it.”

While the Red Wolves dropped a 38-20 decision to Northern Illinois in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl, they took home the trophy in last year’s match-up with Kent State, claiming the 17-13 victory. A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir encourages Red Wolf Nation to make this year a little bit more memorable.

“The GoDaddy Bowl officials have shown extreme loyalty based on what we’ve been able to do in the past,” Mohajir said in a press release. “We need to express our appreciation to (bowl president) Jerry Silverstein, the GoDaddy Bowl selection committee and the city of Mobile by showing up in record numbers. I challenge our fans to have the largest attendance in the history of the bowl.”

The Red Wolves finished with a 7-5 overall record, including a 5-2 Sun Belt mark to currently place them second in league standings. A-State is guaranteed at least a runner-up finish, but could also still finish as co-champions with Louisiana-Lafayette depending on the outcome of the Ragin’ Cajuns game this Saturday against South Alabama.

It’s a recurring theme in the attitude of the players as the bowl announcement was made this afternoon. Senior linebacker Eddie Porter is excited to be able to play one last time with this team.

“I’m glad we made it to the GoDaddy. After the loss against Western Kentucky, I didn’t think we would be able to go to any bowl, so I’m glad I get another chance to play with my team again,” Porter said.

Junior defensive back Kyle Coleman mentioned he did wish it could’ve been somewhere else, but is “still looking forward to competing one last time with this senior class.”

 “It is three times in a row, but something is better than nothing,” sophomore tight end Darion Griswold said. “We’re all just going in with the mindset to dominate whoever the opponent is.”

The Red Wolves have done just that, compiling a winning record this year for the third consecutive season for the first time since 1985-87. The team has won 20 of their last 23 Sun Belt Conference games and has 27 victories over the last three seasons to rank among the top 20 teams in the nation in total wins over that span.

Coach Harsin said in a press release that getting a bowl bid was one of the goals that can be checked off for the year.

“Our players, coaches, support staff and administration have all worked extremely hard to make this a reality. We look forward to another chance to take the field and finish our season strong.”

A-State will face a Mid-American opponent on Jan. 5th at 8 p.m. in Mobile, Ala. Bowl tickets are $45 per ticket when purchased through the ASU Ticket Office.

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