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story.lead_photo.caption Interim Arkansas State coach John Thompson (center) celebrates the Red Wolves’ victory in the Bowl on Sunday with Kyle Coleman (12) and others. Thompson now returns to his duties as defensive coordinator for new coach Bryan Harsin. - Photo by Rick McFarland

Arkansas State’s seniors were the catalysts for back-to-back conference titles and had won 19 games in two seasons before Sunday night.

Photo by Rick McFarland
Arkansas State’s Qushaun Lee (right) stops Kent State’s Spencer Keith (Pulaski Academy) in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

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Sports, Pages 13 on 01/07/2013

Print Headline: Nitty-gritty victory/ASU’s defense bends, confounds Kent State


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  • Jackabbott
    January 7, 2013 at 8:05 a.m.

    Congrats to ASU. Right now, they are best football team in Arkansas. And they did it without Gus.

  • Ragmop
    January 7, 2013 at 8:54 a.m.

    What a great job by stAte. John Thompson and all the coaches did an excellent job preparing the team and calling an excellent game. The players represented ASU well.

  • Veda
    January 7, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.

    ASU made Arkansans proud last evening. Their uniforms looked great too on national television.

  • hogfan2012
    January 7, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.

    Go Arkansas State! Congratulations on the win and thank you for representing Arkansas well. And to think - they did it with some actual players from Arkansas. And great defense!!!! U of A might could learn a lesson or two....

  • pdh
    January 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

    Congratulations to ASU. I noticed that some of the UA boosters that normally go to UA bowl games flew to Mobile to watch ASU this year.

  • pcritter
    January 7, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.

    A lot of credit to the seniors on that team. They went through a lot together. Good job.

  • Ran2133
    January 7, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Red Wolves. It wasn't pretty but, they made the plays when they needed to, both offense and defense. A win is a win.

  • cliffcarson
    January 7, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.

    Through the First Quarter and early in the Second, it looked like ASU was going to get embarrassed. But ASU showed the toughness mentality of "You've got to beat me , I'm not about to quit, and soon enough you are going to realize it". It reminded me of that year they beat Texas A&M.
    I believe this state would be well served if ASU, UCA, and Uof A played every year. The money would stay in Arkansas and the fans would look forward to the possibilities. Let all the games be at War Memorial. That means each team would play in Little Rock twice per year.