Apps Earn Share of SBC Title.... (2016-11-27 02:11:38)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Taylor Lamb accounted for three touchdowns, Jalin Moore ran for 111 yards and a score and Appalachian State cruised to a 37-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.


The win, coupled with a loss by Arkansas State earlier in the afternoon, guarantees the Apps a share of the Sun Belt title. Arkansas State and Troy are both 6-1 in conference play and play next weekend, while App State (9-3, 7-1) has completed its regular season.

Lamb completed 20 of 28 passes for 220 yards and a score and added 71 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Marcus Cox had 140 yards rushing and Michael Rubino kicked field goals of 20, 31 and 27 yards for Appalachian State (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt).

App will wait until Dec. 4 to find out their bowl destination and matchup.

The Aggies, who were celebrating Senior Day, were riddled with injuries coming in to the game, most notably missing Tyler Rogers at quarterback. Throughout the contest, the Aggies suffered more injuries and were left with one starting offensive lineman by the time the fourth quarter started which allowed the Mountaineers defense to capitalize on a young front-five.

Moore scored on a 1-yard run and Lamb hit Shaedon Meadors for a 42-yard touchdown to make it 17-0 with 5:43 left in the first quarter.

A 54-yard touchdown pass from Conner Cramer to Tyrian Taylor pulled New Mexico State (3-8, 2-5) within 10, but Appalachian State scored the final 20 points - including scoring runs of 4 and 48 yards by Lamb.

The Mountaineers had 604 total yards and limited New Mexico State to 240-zero in the first quarter. The defense held New Mexico State without a first down until the middle of the second quarter. Interceptions by Josh Thomas and Mondo Williams pushed App’s season total to 20, which enters the evening as the most in the country.

App’s offense wasted no time getting started. Moore broke loose for 63 yards in the Mountaineers’ second snap to set up a chip-shot field goal from Michael Rubino for a 3-0 lead. Rubino was 3-for-4 on the day, only missing from 47 yards.

The Apps quickly pushed the lead to 10-0 as Cox found space over the left side for 47 yards, setting the table for a 1-yard Moore plunge, his 10th rushing TD of the season.

The Mountaineers struck again after a short punt by New Mexico State. Quarterback Taylor Lamb connected with Shaedon Meadors for a 42-yard on the first play of the drive as App took a 17-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

The defense kept giving Lamb and the App offense a chance to put the game out of reach. Linebacker Eric Boggs had a tipped pass, intercepted by Thomas, and fellow backer John Law had an early sack to end two early Aggie drives. App had six tackles for loss in the game and harassed both NMSU quarterbacks throughout.

The Mountaineers held NMSU to 2-of-12 on third down conversions and 0-of-2 on fourth downs.

App pieced together a pair of 10-play drives to close the first half and open the second to extend the lead to 23-7 as Rubino connected from 27 and 31 yards.

Lamb’s balance helped App put the game away. The junior finished 20-of-28 for 220 yards and a touchdown, but did the Apps’ late damage with his legs. His 4-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds to play put the game out of reach. He showed an impressive burst of speed to win a footrace up the left sideline on a 48-yard TD run to caps the scoring in the game.

Punter Bentlee Critcher punted only once for 53 yards, but downed the ball inside the NMSU 3-yard line, but his best highlight came on a 28-yard run on a fake punt to open the third quarter. Critcher raced up the middle to pick up the first down and extend the drive.

Wide outs Jaquil Capel and Ike Lewis each had five catches in the win. Meadors had four receptions for a game high 72 yards.

Lamb finished with 72 yards rushing and Darrynton Evans added 34 yards on two carries.



Appalachian State  (9-3) 17 3 10 7 37
New Mexico State  (3-8) 0 7 0 0 7
APLST Michael Rubino 20 yd FG
APLST Jalin Moore 1 yd run (Michael Rubino kick)
APLST Shaedon Meadors 42 yd pass from Taylor Lamb (Michael Rubino kick)
NMEXST Tyrian Taylor 54 yd pass from Conner Cramer (Parker Davidson kick)
APLST Michael Rubino 31 yd FG
APLST Michael Rubino 27 yd FG
APLST Taylor Lamb 4 yd run (Michael Rubino kick)
APLST Taylor Lamb 48 yd run (Michael Rubino kick)
First Downs 22 10
Third Down Efficiency 6-16 2-12
Fourth Down Efficiency 3-5 0-2
Plays-Net Yards 76-604 55-240
Rushes-Yds 48-384 28-148
Passing Yds 220 92
Kick Return Yds 0 0
Punt Return Yds 11 0
Passes 20-28-0 12-27-2
Punts 1-53 7-263
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yds 6-53 2-15
Time of Poss. 37:42 22:18
APLST: Marcus Cox 16-140, Jalin Moore 17-111, Taylor Lamb 10-71, Darrynton Evans 2-34, Bentlee Critcher 1-28, Jake Easter 1-2, Team 1--2
NMEXST: Conner Cramer 9-74, Xavier Hall 5-37, Larry Rose III 11-34, Johnathan Boone 1-5, Nick Jeanty 2--2
APLST: Taylor Lamb 20-28-220-0
NMEXST: Conner Cramer 10-24-93-2, Nick Jeanty 2-3--1-0
APLST: Jaquil Capel 5-52, Ike Lewis 5-36, Shaedon Meadors 4-72, Barrett Burns 2-23, Zy Letman 1-19, Dante Jones 1-10, Marcus Cox 1-7, Darrynton Evans 1-1
NMEXST: Tyrian Taylor 3-59, Johnathan Boone 2-19, Larry Rose III 2--1, Anthony Muse 1-8, Jaleel Scott 1-5, Xavier Hall 1-2, Isaiah McIntyre 1-1, Royce Caldwell 1--1