BOWL BOUND: App State thumps Georgia Southern, 27-6, for sixth win

BOWL BOUND: App State thumps Georgia Southern, 27-6, for sixth win
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Tight end Collin Reed catches 23-yard pass from Lamb for the Mountaineers’ first TD, midway through the second quarter.

By David Rogers. November 9, 2017.  BOONE, NC — Finally. After two successive weeks of gridiron disappointment on the road against opponents who were supposed to give up the sixth win that made Appalachian State bowl eligible, the Mountaineers soared past longtime rival Georgia Southern, 27-6 in front of 23,110 at Kidd-Brewer Stadium.

COVER IMAGE: There was plenty of fanfare for Heroes Day at Kidd-Brewer Stadium. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

Most college football pundits had App State winning and winning big vs. both UMass and Louisiana-Monroe, but somebody forgot to tell the Minutemen and Warhawks, respectively.

Given the consecutive Mountaineer losses the past two weeks, 27-30 in double overtime at UMass and 45-52 at Louisiana-Monroe, the Eagles of Georgia Southern may have come to the High Country thinking they had a chance to put a a checkmark in the win column. Instead, after a hopeful beginning on national television, the Eagles crashed and burned.

Staton connects on 28-yard field goal early in the third period.

Appalachian State’s defense found its form on Thursday night, holding GSU to less than 200 yards (191) of total offense, while their offensive counterparts led by senior quarterback Taylor Lamb rolled up 417 yards of total offense.  Lamb escaped the game without a sack on the night, completing 7-of-13 passes from 161 yards, while redshirt freshman Marcus Williams gained 131 yards rushing on 28 carries.  True freshman running back Daetrich Harrington rebounded from difficult outings the past two weeks to carry the ball 11 times for 41 yards and one touchdown.

One could argue that Georgia Southern’s offensive performance was even worse than the final statistics indicate, since the Eagles gained 60 yards in the final drive of the night against App State reserves.

Daetrich Harrington has nice first quarter gain around the left side.

Perhaps the play of the night was a 53-yard field goal by Mountaineer redshirt freshman placekicker Chandler Staton as time expired in the first half to give Appalachian a 10-3 lead going into intermission.

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • With the win, Appalachian State becomes bowl eligible for the third time in as many opportunities since becoming a full member of the Football Bowl Subdivision
  • With a 38-22 record, head coach Scott Satterfield is now in a tie for 4th place on the career victory list by an App State coach, tying Sparky Woods 38-19-2 record from 1984-88.  The top three coaches are Jerry Moore (215-87 from 1989-2012), E.C. Duggins (57-25-3 from 1947-50, 1952-55), and Jim Brakefield (47-48-4 from 1971-79).
  • App State improved to 18-13-1 against Georgia Southern. They have played each other every year since 1993. Since moving into the Sun Belt Conference and the FBS level, the Mountaineers are 3-1.
  • This was the 28th time that Appalachian State football games have been televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
  • Quarterback Taylor Lamb is one of only six Sun Belt Conference QBs to reach 11,000 career yards of total offense. With Thursday’s win, Lamb now has 11,158 yards of total offense. He has rushed for 1,852 yards in his career, which is 4th in Sun Belt history for a quarterback.
  • Staton’s 53-yard field goal was the sixth-longest in school history.  Staton told reporters afterwards that his previous longest in a game (in high school) was 49 yards. When asked by Blowing Rock News, he reported that he had kicked from 64 yards in practice this year.

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