Time to talk some Griz-App football
- Updated: December 9, 2009
App State leaves Thursday to face the .. say it with us … coldcold weather and hugehuge crowd for which Montana is known.
For the “underdog” Apps, it’s nuttin but .. /straightens tie .. bid’ness.
Linebacker D.J. Smith said: “It’s a business trip. But a lot of our guys haven’t been that far out West so it is a little different.
“It’s the playoffs and they’re the No. 1 team in the nation, so it’s going to be a big challenge, but I’m pretty sure we’re up for it,” Smith said. “We don’t put too much on rankings. It’s all about being the best team in that stadium on that day.”
Linebacker Jacque Roman said: “They’re a good fundamental team, maybe not the greatest athletes, but they get the job done. They’re big up front, but usually we can take advantage of big guys with our speed, and we have good speed from our defensive line to our back seven so we should be good on that.”
There’s that App State cliche – speed! And don’t think the Griz haven’t noticed.
“Appalachian State’s speed really stood out,” Montana coach Bobby Hauck said. “I thought Richmond, after the game last year, ran very well and had a lot of team speed. But the Mountaineers were certainly faster.
“The other thing that stood out to me was how stout they are up front on both sides of the ball. They have really physical players on both sides of the ball.”
Meanwhile, the Charlotte paper seems downright pessimistic on the App’s chances.
Unlike Montana, which cruised through the quarterfinals, Appalachian State had to make two fourth-quarter comebacks to stay alive, sealing its victory at Richmond on a touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining.
Trailing by 10 points with less than 10 minutes to play, Appalachian State scored three late touchdowns to advance.
“Coach Moore told us that 99 out of 100 teams probably would have given up in the game because of the position we were in,” Mountaineers’ linebacker Jacque Roman said. “It shows the character of our team.”