Thoughts on App State

It has been a while since we’ve had this feeling. In what more like a 1990s type game, Appalachian State dominated the Red Wolves (6-4, 4-2) to the point that it created a helpless feeling.


The Mountaineers dominated the line of scrimmage, and thus kept the ball away for A-State.

There was a little flurry there are the end, but A-State was never, ever really in this one in the second half. Actually the domination started in the second quarter, and when App State (5-5, 4-2) scored on their final possession of the half to make it 20-13 you could sense the tide turning.

“It was pretty rough to stand over there and see them and not be able to stop them on 3rd and 4th down, picking up 6 or 7 yards a pop,’’ said coach Blake Anderson. “It was pretty miserable.”

Arkansas State had a 20-7 lead after Tres Houston grabbed a 12-yard touchdown pass from Fredi Knighten with 7:10 left in the half. From there it was nothing good for the Red Wolves until the 4 minutes. After that score App State ran off 31 straight points.

“Obviously very disappointed, I was hoping not have to make one of these speeches, especially at home this season. First of all I thought Satterfield and his crew had a great game plan and executed perfectly. Obviously their plan was to run the clock down, to run the ball, control the ball and shorten the game. With the time of possession we never got on rhythm. And that created problems for us and they ran the ball well.”

And they did. Running back Marcus Cox carried 40 times for 229 yards and App State had 294 yards rushing and 255 yards passing.

Also going down in flames was a chance for a fourth conference title with the defeat.

SOME BRIGHT SPOTS

Blaise Taylor. The freshman had two punt returns for 104 yards, including a 38-yarder for a touchdown.

Darryl Rollins-Davis. The freshman running back had 2 returns for 64 yards, with a long of 37.

Michael Gordon. The junior running back played well and played with pain, according to Anderson. He had 87 yards rushing on 15 carries, most of that in the first quarter.

Johnson White. The walk-on running back had 47 yards on 5 carries and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass.

A FEW NUMBERS

*The most glaring is 0-13 on third downs. That is down where you keep drives going and A-State fell flat.
*Appalachian State ran 26 more plays and 245 more yards.
*Fredi Knighten was 3 of 9 for 20 yards in the first half.
*Stephen Hogan punted three times for a 58 yard average.
*13 tackles for reserve linebacker Gage Sharp, pressed into duty when Xavier Woodson was ejected for targeting. Q Lee finished with 11 stops.

QUOTABLE:

“We really didn’t play at the energy level that we pride ourselves in.” – Blake Anderson.

“They just ran the ball and they controlled the clock. Hats off to them. “ – A-State DE Chris Stone.

“This was a huge win for us. This is a three-time-in-a-row Sun Belt Champion, and to come to their place, on their field makes a huge statement for our football team and our program.

The star: Blaise Taylor, who had a big game on two punt returns.

What it means: The Red Wolves will not win a fourth straight conference title and need to win at least one of their final two to pretty much ensure a bowl berth.

The crowd: The announced attendance was at 20,016.

Up next: The Red Wolves have a quick week, playing at Texas State on Thursday night. That game will be shown on ESPNU.