Recap & Rundown: Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern

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By Jake Auten. October 25, 2018. — The quest for supremacy in the Sun Belt continues into Week 9 of the college football season, with former Southern Conference foes clashing for bragging rights and possible control within the division.

NUMBERS DON’T LIE

Three FCS national championships, and twenty conference titles later, the Appalachian State football team has managed to obtain Division I gold status and is nationally ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history.

Coming into last week versus Louisiana-Lafayette, the Mountaineers were the only FBS team that ranked in the top 11 in scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense, and total defense.

With a decisive 27-17 victory over the Ragin’Cajuns, riding on the legs of sophomore RB Darrynton Evans’ career-best 183yards on 26 carries, complacency with winning isn’t on anyone’s mind as far ashead coach Scott Satterfield is concerned. ”We know it’s going to be veryshort, and we’re playing in five more days. You have to put this one to bedreally quickly and move forward because on Wednesday we’ll be heading toGeorgia.”

OVERCOMING THE TREND

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For just the second time in school history, the Georgia Southern Eagles acquired bowl eligibility last week, securing a high-octane scoring affair win over New Mexico State 48-31.

Jacksonville, FL native, and redshirt freshman Logan Wright was part of a one-two punch combo with sophomore Savannah, GA native Wesley Kennedy III on the ground, combining for a total of 4 touchdowns and 233 yards rushing on just 33 carries between the duo.

Despite coming off their fourth win in a row, GSU has lost three straight consecutively to the boys from Boone, with six of the past seven ending in Mountaineer victories. “This will be a big-time challenge,” Eagles head coach Chad Lunsford said. “On paper, I don’t know if we’ve got a chance. I hope our players will step up and play over their heads and give us a shot.”

Game Notes

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  • This will be the fifth straight Thursday night game in the series, dating back to 2014.
  • Appalachian State has improved to30-3 in its last 33 Sun Belt Conference games and now has a 30-5 overall recordin the league
  • Georgia Southern holds a 7-5all-time advantage over ASU when playing the ’Neers at home in Paulson Stadium.

THE RUNDOWN

  • Georgia Southern’s program has forced a turnover in 10 consecutive games dating back to November 2017’s matchup with South Alabama. Under HC Chad Lunsford, the Eagles have won eight of the nine games in which they’ve won the turnover battle. Up against Appalachian’s deadly scoring offense that makes little mistakes, GSU just needs to stay the course and play heads-up football, because an onslaught could be headed their way.
  • The triple option attack brought forth by Georgia Southern has made little to no headway in recent years versus ASU, with Satterfield’s group outscoring the Eagles 92-29 total in the past three head-to-head. App State is averaging an FBS-best 6.33 defensive three-and-outs a game, forcing six on UL-Lafayette’s first nine drives last week. Engaging the run, closing lanes, and keeping the GSU offense off the field should seal the deal for the Mountaineers. 

Game Time

Thursday, October 25th – 7:30 EST

Allen E. Paulson Stadium – Statesboro, GA

TV: ESPNU (Doug Sherman & Roddy Jones)

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