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Football Team to Face Arkansas State at GoDaddy Bowl

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: January 04, 2014
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GoDaddy Bowl -- Game #13

Ball State's Bowl Central

Ball State Cardinals (10-2; MAC 7-1)
Head Coach:  Pete Lembo
Career Record:  104-48/13th year
At Ball State:  25-12/3rd year


Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5; Sun Belt 5-2)
Interim Head Coach:  John Thompson
Career Record:  4-20/2 years
At Arkansas State:  1-0/2013 GoDaddy Bowl

Quote from Ball State head coach Pete Lembo:  "We are excited about the opportunity to represent the Mid-American Conference against a terrific Arkansas State team in this year's GoDaddy Bowl.  The trip to Mobile, Ala., will be an excellent experience for our team, families and fans.  We are very grateful for this opportunity."

GameDay Information
Sun., Jan. 5, 2014 -- 8 p.m. CST/9 p.m. EST
Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Capacity: 40,000)
Mobile, Ala.

Ball State Radio Network
Flagship Station - WLBC FM 104.1
Joel Godett, play-by-play
Mark O'Connell, color analyst
Luke Martin, sidelines
Jeff Weller, host

WCRD-Radio (Ball State Student Station)
91.3 FM
Tyler Bradfield, play-by-play
Sean Stewart, color analyst

ESPN Television
Carter Blackburn, play-by-play
Danny Kanell, analyst
Allison Williams, sideline

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Twitter: @Pete_Lembo
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Ball State Football Quick Hits 

Ball State finished the regular season with a 10-2 overall record and 7-1 in the Mid-American Conference . . . The Cardinals have won 16 of their past 18 regular season contests . . . Ball State is 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 . . . The Cardinals were 10-1 overall in 1978 . . . Ball State was 12-2 overall in 2008. 

Ball State's seven MAC wins marks only the fifth time since joining the league in 1975 the Cardinals have tallied at least seven wins in the MAC . . . The Cardinals were 8-0 in 1978 and 2008, 7-0-1 in 1993 and 7-1 in 1996.

Ball State finished second in the MAC's West Division, which is the best finish for the program since winning the West in 2008.

Ball State has reached bowl eligibility for a third straight season . . . The last time the Cardinals won at least six games in three straight seasons came when the team reached the mark in four straight campaigns from 1988-91 . . . Ball State won six games in 2011, nine games in 2012 and 10 in 2013 . . . 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 University, setting the school record for the most games of 40 or more points in school history . . . The Cardinals scored 50 or more points three times in 2013, which is a Ball State school record.

Ball State ranks No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference and ninth in the country in passing offense (333.3) plus is No. 2 in the MAC and 13th in the nation in scoring offense (40.1) . . . The Cardinals rank No. 7 in the nation in turnovers gained (30), ninth nationally in turnover margin (+1.0) and fourth in the MAC in scoring defense (24.8) . . . Ball State leads the country with 18 fumble recoveries . . . The Cardinals 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).

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