College Football
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Toledo vs Arkansas State
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 4, 2015
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

GODADDY BOWL STORYLINES

1. Arkansas State makes its fourth consecutive appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl when the Red Wolves face Toledo in Mobile, Ala. Toledo won seven of its final nine regular-season games, but the Rockets will be tested by a Red Wolves team that has compiled 35 victories over the past four seasons. Arkansas State is seeking its third straight GoDaddy Bowl victory after beating Ball State 23-20 last season.

2. Toledo is led by the running back tandem of Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson, who combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Hunt finished second in the nation in yards per carry at 7.9. The duo will likely receive a heavy workload against an Arkansas State squad that ranks 91st nationally in run defense at 191.9 yards per game.

3. Both teams struggled in non-conference play this season, with Toledo allowing a total of 107 points in back-to-back losses to Missouri and Cincinnati. The Rockets also fell 37-30 to an Iowa State team that finished 2-10. Arkansas State lost to Tennessee and Miami before recording an impressive 21-14 overtime win over Utah State on Sept. 20.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Toledo -4

ABOUT TOLEDO (8-4, 7-1 MAC): Hunt missed three games with an ankle injury but still rushed for 1,360 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Rockets, who average 34.4 points per game. Quarterback Logan Woodside, who threw for 19 scores with seven interceptions, finished the regular season on a high note with a career-high five touchdown passes in a 52-16 victory over Eastern Michigan. Linebacker Junior Sylvestre recorded a team-high 94 tackles and leads a unit that ranked 11th in the MAC in pass defense.

ABOUT ARKANSAS STATE (7-5, 5-3 Sun Belt):
Dual-threat quarterback Fredi Knighten passed for 2,874 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and has also rushed for 775 yards and 11 scores. The dynamic junior accounted for 449 total yards and four touchdowns in a 68-35 victory over New Mexico State in the Red Wolves’ regular-season finale. Linebacker Qushaun Lee and cornerback Artez Brown each had four interceptions to lead the defense, which allowed an average of 39 points in its last three games.

PREDICTION: Toledo 41, Arkansas State 35
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Toledo 8-4 W2 34.4 29.3 5-1 3-3 0-1 0-0 7-1
Arkansas State 7-5 W1 36.1 27.8 5-1 2-4 0-2 0-1 5-3
Last Meeting
Toledo Arkansas State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/5/92 ARST 0 TOL 49 0 0 0 0 0 0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Toledo N/A
Arkansas State N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Toledo N/A
Arkansas State N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Toledo N/A
Arkansas State N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Toledo N/A
Arkansas State N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Toledo L. Woodside 61.0 2087 19 7
Arkansas State F. Knighten 61.3 2874 19 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Toledo K. Hunt 173 1360 7.9 11
Arkansas State M. Gordon 149 1064 7.1 13
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Toledo C. Jones 66 812 12.3 5
Arkansas State D. Paschal 37 642 17.4 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Toledo K. Hunt 11
Arkansas State M. Gordon 14
Quickchart Matchup
Toledo Off vs  Arkansas State Def
486.2 yards
411.2 yards
5.7 yards/rush
4.5 yards/rush
7.8 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt
Arkansas State Off vs  Toledo Def
478.1 yards
402.9 yards
5.1 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt