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App State Suffers First Sun Belt Loss (2018-10-26 08:02:22)

STATESBORO, Ga. — No. 25 Appalachian State suffered its first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season Thursday, falling 34-14 at league co-leader Georgia Southern.

 Anthony Flory had a team-high 10 tackles for the Mountaineers, who were playing their first game as a ranked team at the FBS level. They lost starting quarterback Zac Thomas to an injury three plays into the game and second-leading tackler Jordan Fehr to a targeting penalty in the first quarter.
 
Georgia Southern finished with 24 points off the five turnovers it forced, and App State was held to 288 yards of offense. Peyton Derrick and Jacob Huesman took snaps at quarterback the rest of the way after Thomas left the game, and Huesman threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Malik Williams with 10 seconds remaining.
 
The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1) return to action Nov. 3 at Coastal Carolina (4-3, 1-2).
 
Demetrius Taylor's blocked punt and D'Marco Jackson's 15-yard return to the Georgia Southern 31 created the first scoring opportunity on a rainy night at Paulson Stadium. The Eagles (7-1, 4-0) immediately followed a goallineinterception and long return to start the second quarter with Shai Werts' 57-yard touchdown pass to Darion Anderson.
 
App State answered back quickly, using Marcus Williams Jr.'s 23-yard run and backup quarterback Derrick's 50-yard pass to Corey Sutton to set up a 1-yard touchdown run from Williams.
 
App State's defense forced a three-and-out, with MyQuon Stout and Flory converging for the stop on a third-and-3 carry, but the Eagles made a fumble recovery at the Mountaineers' 10 following a muffed punt in heavy traffic.
 
Wesley Fields' 10-yard touchdown run on the next play put Georgia Southern ahead for good, and a three-and-out possession preceded a six-play scoring drive for the Eagles, who took a 17-7 lead on Tyler Bass' 42-yard field goal.
 
After Georgia Southern forced a three-and-out to open the second half, Fields rushed for 32 yards on a third-and-7 conversion and Werts scored on a 47-yard option keeper. The Eagles moved ahead 27-7 late in the third quarter on a 43-yard field goal that followed an interception on a tipped pass.
 
Huesman took over at quarterback for App State late in the third quarter, and one of the Eagles' four interceptions set up Fields' 18-yard touchdown run with 3:28 remaining. Huesman led a late scoring drive and threw the first touchdown pass of his career in the closing seconds.
 
POSTGAME NOTES
 
Appalachian State is now 30-4 in its last 34 conference games and 14-3 in its last 17 conference road games.
 
A week after batting down two passes, Demetrius Taylor recorded the first blocked punt of his career. With Steven Jones blocking two punts against Gardner-Webb and Tae Hayes blocking a field goal against South Alabama, the Mountaineers have four blocked kicks this season, a total that's tied for third place nationally.
 
Corey Sutton, who entered the game with a yards-per-catch average of 21.53 that ranked No. 9 in the nation, had his third reception of at least 40 yards this season. He hauled in a 50-yard reception to set up a first-half touchdown.
 
Cole Garrison, a sophomore, made his first career start at right guard.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 34, APPALACHIAN STATE 14
 
 
 Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Appalachian St 0 7 0 7 14
Georgia Southern 0 17 10 7 34

2nd
14:37 GS - Anderson, Darion 57 yd pass from Werts, Shai (Bass, Tyler kick), 1-57 0:09 0 - 7
12:11 APP - Williams, Marcus 1 yd run (Staton, Chandler kick), 5-75 2:26 7 - 7
09:53 GS - Fields, Wesley 10 yd run (Bass, Tyler kick), 1-10 0:06 7 - 14
04:45 GS - Bass, Tyler 42 yd field goal, 6-31 3:34 7 - 17

3rd
10:05 GS - Werts, Shai 47 yd run (Bass, Tyler kick), 5-85 2:46 7 - 24
01:34 GS - Bass, Tyler 43 yd field goal, 8-49 4:41 7 - 27

4th
03:28 GS - Fields, Wesley 18 yd run (Bass, Tyler kick), 5-33 2:55 7 - 34
00:10 APP - Williams, Malik 4 yd pass from Huesman, Jacob (Staton, Chandler kick), 13-75 3:18 14 - 34

Team Statistics

                                                                  APP GS
FIRST DOWNS                                              14 14
NET YARDS RUSHING                                   149 277
NET YARDS PASSING                                   139 57
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS                               288 334
Fumbles: Number-Lost                               2-1 3-0
Penalties: Number-Yards                       11-91 2-11
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD             0-0-0 4-62-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD           0-0-0 0-0-0
Possession Time                                  27:16 32:44
Third-Down Conversions                     5 of 15 4 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions                      2 of 2 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                        2-3 3-3
T o u c h d o w n s                                  2-3 2-3
Field goals                                             0-3 1-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards                        0-0 2-11
Points off turnovers                                   0 24

Individual Statistics

Appalachian St
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Evans, Darrynton 17 64 1 63 0 17 3.7
Williams, Marcus 11 60 1 59 1 23 5.4
Derrick, Peyton 5 26 5 21 0 12 4.2
Thomas, Zac 1 5 0 5 0 5 5.0
Huesman, Jacob 3 7 6 1 0 4 0.3
Totals 37 162 13 149 1 23 4.0

Georgia Southern
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Werts, Shai 14 138 9 129 1 47 9.2
Fields, Wesley 18 99 1 98 2 32 5.4
Wright, Logan 6 24 1 23 0 13 3.8
Kennedy III, Wesley 3 19 2 17 0 15 5.7
Garrett, Monteo 6 14 1 13 0 6 2.2
TEAM 1 0 1 -1 0 0 -1.0
Bargnare, Davarius 2 5 7 -2 0 5 -1.0
Totals 50 299 22 277 3 47 5.5

Appalachian State
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Huesman, Jacob 8-14-2 67 1 18 1
Derrick, Peyton 3-12-2 73 0 50 1
Thomas, Zac 1-1-0 -1 0 0 0
Totals 12-27-4 139 1 50 2

Georgia Southern
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Werts, Shai 1-3-0 57 1 57 0
Totals 1-3-0 57 1 57 0

Appalachian State
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Sutton, Corey 4 64 0 50
Hennigan, Thomas 3 28 0 18
Williams, Malik 2 10 1 6
Reed, Collin 1 17 0 17
Virgil, Jalen 1 13 0 13
Absher, Brad 1 7 0 7
Totals 12 139 1 50

Georgia Southern
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Anderson, Darion 1 57 1 57
Totals 1 57 1 5
 
 


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