Back-To-Back: Apps Down Toledo in Camellia Bowl, 31-28 (2016-12-18 14:44:41)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Appalachian State’s Camellia Bowl showdown delivered in every way, and, fittingly, the Mountaineer seniors were the difference. Senior running back Marcus Cox broke the 5,000-yard mark for his career and linebackers John Law and Kennan Gilchrist led the App defense as the Mountaineers held off Toledo in a wild Camellia Bowl, 31-28.


App State (10-3) becomes the first team to win bowl games in its first two bowl eligible seasons and posts back-to-back 10-win seasons in its first two bowl eligible FBS seasons as well. Toledo’s season ends at 9-4.

For the second straight season, the Camellia Bowl came down to the final minutes and a field goal. Each of the first three Camellia Bowls have gone down to the final minutes, decided by a combined 10 points.

“Every time we scored, they would answer," App State coach Scott Satterfield said.  "That’s the mark of a champion. That’s the mark of a great team and they were able to do that. When we returned the kickoff back, I said ‘now we got the lead back.’ Then they marched right back down and scored again. It was really a wild game, a very entertaining game for the fans, and for ESPN and everybody watching the game. It was a great college football game. When it comes down to the end like that, it takes the small things to win. Our kids never quit, never gave up. The great thing about it is we always were on top. I don’t think we trailed at any point, so that was good. We were always on top, then they would answer and we would have to go back and answer again. That back-and-forth kind of game. We’ve been in some tight games this year and we’ve been able to win most of them. I’m just proud of the resiliency our guys showed."

App State’s Michael Rubino connected on a 39-yarder with 5:14 remaining, but Toledo put itself in a position to answer, just like the Rockets did all night. Toledo drove the ball inside the App 10 inside of two minutes to play, but a stop by Law on third-and-short forced a Rockets’ field goal attempt. Jameson Vest pushed the 30-yarder wide right and App ran out the clock for the win.

Quarterback Taylor Lamb earned the Bart Starr MVP Award rushing for a career high 126 yards and a touchdown. He had a 13-yard touchdown run and kept Toledo off balance with his legs all night. He averaged 14 yards per carry as App piled up 297 yards rushing.

“We thought coming into the game that we’d have the opportunity to run our quarterback," Satterfield said.  "In that league, there’s not many offenses that run the quarterback, which we do. Taylor’s a very effective runner in our run game. I didn’t know he’d have this much success. He was very effective in the run game, broke off some big runs, some big first down runs throughout the game. The touchdown run was huge. He’s one tough cookie. He got hit hard tonight several times. I love when he broke off that big run and he jumped right up and got our crowd going. That’s awesome. That kind of stuff right there is what gets your team going. You don’t see our quarterbacks in the history of our school slide. We don’t slide. That’s the toughness we have and this guy right here is as tough as all of them. It’s unbelievable what he was able to do. Our kids feed off of that. That’s what leaders do. That’s why he’s a winner and that’s why the record that we have right now is because of guys like Taylor and the rest of the guys. They’re so resilient. They refuse to lose. I’m really proud of him and the rest of the guys.”

“That’s a great Toledo team. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy," Lamb said. "It was going to be a fourquarter battle. I think we embraced that. We’ve embraced it all year. The Akron game, we embraced it. You just got to play those four quarters and I think our defense did a great job shutting them down there in the second half. We went down there and should’ve scored a couple touchdowns, but we only got three points out of it. That’s kind of frustrating, but we’re the champs.”

Cox finished with 22 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown, finishing with 5,083 yards for his career. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season in helping App run out the clock. Cox became the ninth FBS player with four 1,000-yard seasons and the 22nd to top 5,000 in his career.



APP STATE  7   7    14   3   -  28

TOLEDO      7  7    14   0   -  31

Team Statistics (Final)
2016 Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State vs Toledo (Dec 17, 2016 at Montgomery, Ala.)
                                                 APP TOLEDO
FIRST DOWNS                               25 14
NET YARDS RUSHING                  297 127
NET YARDS PASSING                   119 247
C o m p l e t i o n s - A t t e m p t s - I n t 14-33-0 18-26-0
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS              416 374
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD       0-0-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD   0-0-0 0-0-0
Possession Time                         35:44 24:16
Third-Down Conversions            8 of 19 4 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions           1 of 2 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances              3-4 3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards              2-8 1-8
Field Goals                                  1-1 0-1
Points off turnovers                        0  0


App. St.
  T. Lamb 14/32 119 1 0
  B. Critcher 0/1 0 0 0
  M. Cox 22 143 1 26
  T. Lamb 9 126 1 31
  J. Moore 16 35 0 11
  I. Lewis 1 -4 0 -4
  I. Lewis 2 24 0 15
  D. Hopkins 2 19 1 16
  B. Burns 2 19 0 13
  S. Meadors 2 18 0 12
  Z. Letman 1 11 0 11
  M. Cox 2 10 0 13
  D. Jones 2 9 0 8
  J. Capel 1 9 0 9
  B. Absher 0 0 0 0
  C. Reed 0 0 0 0
  L. Woodside 18/26 247 2 0
  K. Hunt 22 120 2 26
  D. Jones-Moore 3 8 0 6
  L. Woodside 3 -1 0 7
  C. Thompson 5 99 1 58
  C. Jones 6 72 0 58
  K. Hunt 2 26 0 18
  J. Johnson 2 22 0 12
  M. Roberts 2 19 1 15
  T. Swanson 1 9 0 9