Strong Finish Means History, Records for Apps (2016-11-16 01:57:50)

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State will try to bounce back from their first Sun Belt loss of the season on Saturday when the Mountaineers host UL Monroe at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at The Rock. The game will be carried on ESPN3.


With a win, App (7-3, 5-1) can stay on pace for a 10-win season and have a chance to add two impressive credentials to the program’s resume since the jump to FBS. The Apps can become the first program to win back-to-back bowl games in their first two seasons at the FBS level and join Marshall as the only schools to win 10 games in consecutive seasons after the step up.

The Sun Belt race will shape itself even more on Thursday night as Arkansas State and Troy, both unbeaten in league play, square off on ESPNU. App State still needs help to finish at the top of the Sun Belt, but a win Saturday will keep the Mountaineers very much in the hunt.

“We have to finish strong,” App State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “Who knows? (Troy) has got several more games, Arkansas State as well. All we can control is us. We’re going to play hard against Monroe.” 

UL Monroe comes in one of the hotter teams in the conference. Once 0-3 in Sun Belt play, the Warhawks are 3-3 n conference play and have put together back-to-back wins over South Alabama (42-35 in OT) and 37-23 at Georgia State. ULM needs a win on Saturday to stay in the hunt for a bowl berth under first year head coach Matt Viator. Losses at Georgia Southern (23-21) and at home to Idaho (34-31) mean the Warhawks are just two field goals from potentially being 5-1 in league play.

App Notes

• Appalachian State hosts UL Monroe with a perfect 4-0 slate at home in Sun Belt play on the line. A win would also keep the Mountaineers on pace for back-to-back 10-wins seasons. 

•  Running back Marcus Cox has 4,667 career rushing yards and needs 138 yards to pass Kevin Richardson (4,804, 04-08) to become App’s all-time career rushing leader. 

•  App continues to lead the Sun Belt in Scoring Defense (11th nationally, 18.0 ppg), Total Defense (16th Nat., 331.1 ypg), and is second in Rushing Defense (14th nationally, 113.7). 

•  App will honor 17 seniors prior to Saturday’s game. Alex Gray, Mondo Williams, Kennan Gilchrist, Marcus Cox, Jaquil Capel, Toronto Thomas, Nate Norwood, Dezmin Reed, Darian Small, Jamie Collmar, Tyson Fernandez, Parker Collins, Hunter Nunn, Mykel Golden, Barrett Burns, John Law, and Bentlee Critcher will all play their final home game at The Rock. The group was key to App State’s successful transition into FBS football and has a chance to become the first team to ever win back-to-back bowls in their first two seasons at the FBS level.

•  App is No. 2 nationally in passes intercepted. The Mountaineers had their second defensive touchdown of the season on Saturday as A.J. Howard stripped a bobbled pass away from a Troy receiver and raced 71 yards for a touchdown. 

•  CB Clifton Duck is fifth nationally in interceptions with five, while CB Mondo Williams and Eric Boggs are both 43rd with three each. 

•  RB Jalin Moore had two rushing touchdowns and 90 yards in Saturday’s loss. He continues to lead the Sun Belt with 1,121 rushing yards and has nine rushing TDs. 

•  Quarterback Taylor Lamb is second on App’s career list for touchdown passes, tied with Richie Williams at 59. Lamb did not have a TD pass on Saturday.

•  The loss at Troy was the first for App State on the road since September of 2014. The Mountaineers streak of consecutive conference road wins was snapped at nine.


Photo Courtesy: Marcus Cox, App State Athletics