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Aplin, stingy defense lead Arkansas St. to 17-13 win over No. 25 Kent St. in GoDaddy.com Bowl

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    Kent State running back Dri Archer (1) crosses the goal line to score against Arkansas State in the second quarter of the GoDaddy.com Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)The Associated Press

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    Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold (40) reaches out to intercept a pass in the end zone intended for Kent State tight end Tim Erjavec (42) in the second quarter of the GoDaddy.com Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)The Associated Press

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    Kent State coach Darrell Hazzell talks with his offense as they come off the field following an interception by Arkansas State in the first quarter of the GoDaddy.com Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)The Associated Press

Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night.

Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.

Kent State was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Neither team scored a touchdown in the second half.

The Golden Flashes were playing in their first bowl game since 1972.