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GBU: Looks like we got a second half team

See us? We're waving at the cameraTell us if you’ve heard this before.

A much-vaunted team comes out kinda flat in the first half of a game it should – on paper – dominate. It barely leads at the half. During the break it eats some spinach or something, and comes out ready to Rock! Out! And does!

Oh, you HAVE heard this before. Well, it happened again. Leading by just 3 early in the second, and by 10 at the half, App State scored four second-half TDs to skin some Dolphins, 45-14.

The Good. Brian Quick
Six catches. Three scores. 132 yards. A long of 41. 22-yard average a snag. Even more impressive? DP threw his way unsuccessfully just four times, which translates to a 13.2 yard average just for looking his way. Watching him in action, seeing him elongate in stride, … he’s simply Fantastic.

The Bad. The App State D-line
The guys were indeed bad. JU gained just 76 yards rushing, with a sad 3-yard per carry average. No Dolphin kicked for more than 20 yards, and only twice did one go for more than 10. Bobby Bozzo also scored the Apps’ sole sack, good for 11 yards, and there were three other tackles for loss (D.J. Smith, Justin Wray and Jeremy Kimbrough). Not a bad day’s work.

The Ugly. Fumbles
App State dropped the ball six(!) times Saturday, thankfully losing just two. DP, Jamal Jackson, Cedric Baker, First Down and Mr. Fantastic each had a moment of “what the Fahrvergnügen” during the game. Jacksonville? Zero.

QUICK HITS

– DP went for 285 in the air and 101 on the ground. (That’s 386 yards of offense for those of you in Cullowhee). Four of his 20 completions landed in endzone, and he averaged 6.3 yards a rush. And that’s after sitting the final 10 minutes of the game. /tingles up the leg

– For the game App State gained 620 yards; 292 on the ground. App had five more minutes of possession than JU, but ran 31 more plays (88 to 57) and averaged 7 yards a snap.

– The App State secondary looked better. Jacksonville gained 181 through the air, but completed only 14 of 32 attempts (44%). Of those completions, just three went for more than 20 yards (for a combined 92 yards, near half the production). Plus LeGreedy got his first INT of the season.

– Ten .. repeat, 10(!) .. Apps caught passes, and all but two caught one good for plus-10 yards. Quick was tops with 6 catches, followed by three for First Down and two each for five others.

– The announced crowd was 28,708, but it didn’t look quite that big. Rain was near constant until kickoff then .. BAM! .. great football weather. And props to the new stadium PA announcer. When not drowned out by the new fancy boombox, he sounded good.

78 Comments

  1. carbine

    September 11, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    JU's offensive stats turned bad later in the game, but in the first half and part of the third quarter they moved the ball much better against us than they should have. Don't let the late-game dominance against a middling opponent fool you–we've got serious issues on the defensive side of the ball this year. Just as we did last year. And the year before that. If you don't believe it, wait until Elon comes to town.

  2. kevin harward

    September 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    impressed by the size of the crowd for the way the weather was earlier in the day also from my vantage point it appeard the students were packed in even more than normal but overall I felt the atmosphere was lacking I hope that was due to our opponent and not a lackluster fan base

  3. Dan

    September 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Crowd was definitely lame today. A ton of families have infiltrated my section, and there's nothing wrong with bringing your family to the game, but jeez none of these people like to cheer for anything.

  4. appstategrad2008

    September 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    David Jackson mentioned that the students were really getting into the music that was being played at times between plays and it sounded interesting on the radio (I admit I do like some Zombie Nation…), but what was the overall opinion on that? It could be a good thing at times.

  5. Kyle

    September 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    What about the guy who ran on the field

  6. AppUSMC

    September 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I'm a big fan of the added music!

  7. Rick

    September 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    This is off-topic … but wow, is Lane Kiffin a pr***. UVa played decent, their QB was awful, but Kiffin all but snubbed Mike London after the game and ran a running play with 4 seconds left instead of just taking a knee. Had a USC player ejected at the end too. And the West Coast announcers are too arrogant to understand that USC is just not very good.

    One thing we don't have to worry about at App, our coach has class and our annoucers are great.

    Oh, and the rap music sucked big-time! Stick with the AC/DC, THATS football music!

    And our defensive secondary looks as lost as nuns in a whorehouse.

  8. dore

    September 11, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    -Can't say I'm a fan of the music. It's fun, but it takes away the intimidating sound and doesn't really get the crowd pumped (just distracted). Overall, the atmosphere wasn't as intense as it usually is. Hopefully with some better weather (or weather so bad nobody cares any more) more people will get into the game. Maybe we just need to play someone stronger. I'm not sold on the band being on the other side either. I thought it was a good idea at first because they'd be pointing at my side :D, but we really drown 'em out when we're cheering. Plus nobody was getting into the GOOOOO APPALACHIANs.

    -I still can't believe we don't open up on offense more. We've shown how explosive we can be: we have phenomenal WRs; we have a QB who's playing extremely well — why not throw the ball more? It seems like we're trying to open up the passing game by running the ball a lot, but I think with our weapons it'd be more effective to open up our running game by passing a lot.

    -Our DBs scare me. And not in a good way :

    -Best hit of the game: security guard laying out that dude running on the field

    -Refs were a little better in this game. Everyone's gonna miss a few calls throughout a game, but I didn't really notice anything egregious like the fiasco that was the first half of the 'Nooga game. Hopefully we won't get those guys again.

  9. SKIP BAYLESS

    September 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    THE MUSIC WAS AWFUL. GET THAT RAP CRAP OUT OF MY FOOTBALL STADIUM.

  10. nomadb

    September 12, 2010 at 3:11 am

    i can say that section 207 is like a library….the folks around me were nice enough, but they acted like they were watching a game of scrabble…..one lady was reading a book……give that ticket to someone who wants to cheer.

    i had my wife and little girl with me, but we managed to get up and cheer! many of the people around me didn't get up the entire game

  11. Appaneer420

    September 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Montana lost!!! We will probably be new #1 team. Woot woot!!!

  12. hapapp

    September 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

    There may a time for the music (and the students did get into some of the music) but not before every play. It was annoying. At times they played the music over top of the PA announcing.

  13. appnaysayer

    September 12, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I went. The team showed up. They won. Otherwise, with the exception Brian Quick, it was a fairly lackluster effort. DP is a workhorse and got it done, but for some reason, there seemed to be no energy, no pizzazz. Even at 17-14, the game lacked excitement. Could be this is one of those intangibles that came with Armanti and is now missing. The play-calling was as predictable as usual. Hence, the quietest 28K on record.

    Our secondary? We got a couple of guys back there who couldn't cover a slice of bread with peanut butter. LeGree made one big play and botched coverage on several others along with Gainey and Sanders. One of the reasons JU had so few yards rushing is that they rightly threw whenever they had the chance. I believe they averaged something like 4.2 yards per play overall.

    Don't like the music, especially since even a geezer like me has now heard these "jump on it" and "everybody clap your hands" songs ad nauseam. I did dig the announcer who I believe to be Steve White. Anyone know for sure? I liked the "tackled by a school of dolphins," although technically the correct term is "pod" what with dolphins being mammals and all. And enough with the "that's another Mountaineer first down" already. It's outdated and lame.

    Security deserves a big raspberry for excessive force on the guy who ran onto the field. What's next? Tasers? I like the new exit policy. Things seemed to flow smoother.

  14. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Watch on GoASU TV and obseved the following:

    *Music was GREAT and added to the atmosphere. It's nice to see App fans actually fired up.

    *Quick is a man among boys (most have had a few B.Quick Grooves before the game)

    *Defensive secondary (Gainy) looked awful.

    *Play calling is still weak, in my opinion

    *I know we won big, but we didn't look like a #1 team and I hope we aren't ranked #1. The problem with App teams is they start believing the hype and set themselves up for a let down.

  15. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 4:11 am

    sorry about my spelling, I'm still asleep this AM.

  16. JMcCray

    September 12, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Not a big fan of the music being played quite so frequently. Did they at least play football on the big screen to accompany it? I think we need people there for a football game, not a dance party; just tone it down a bit.

    Heh, Naysayer complaining about something getting old and outdated.

    How many hurries did we get against their QB? If we don't get some penetration against O-lines, we are gonna be in trouble. On one note, if our players can adjust to the new D-scheme, it looks like it could keep us in the game against Florida.

  17. yosef82

    September 12, 2010 at 4:36 am

    We have without a doubt, the best college band in the nation. Why do we choose to play cheesy music at KBS and drown out their efforts. It is just stupid! It makes us look like we are trying too hard to have a cool atmosphere.

    The secondary is still missing assignments and playing like crap. I think we need to send a message to our new secondary coach by sending a Mayflower Truck to his house. He ain't gettin the job done.

    Somebody has got to put together an offensive game plan. There was a 12 year old kid that sat in front of us during the game and called almost every play before we ran it! I was tempted to ask him to go to the sideline and ask for a headset. When a 12 year old kid has your offense figured out, ya got issues.

    BENCH 28 BENCH 28 BENCH 28! He could not cover his grandmother with a blanket!

    Great crowd. We had fun with our fellow Mountaineers. Everyone in our section was in great spirits.

  18. appnaysayer

    September 12, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Addendum:

    Irvin played personal-foul-free for once. And I didn't see him tackle anyone on the sideline.

    I also didn't see Coco in attendance.

    We took Rod Chisholm over the Breitenstein kid from Watauga who's now at Wofford. That's worked out well.

    Jackson throws a nice spiral with TOUCH.

    Why is it that, even when garbage bags and recycling areas are provided, the pigs in the Raley Lot (and it's mostly students) can't pick up their trash? Same thing in the student section of Greenwood. Broken glass everywhere after the game. Rivers Street Deck folks get an A+ for neatness!

    Good videos to start the game, but also reminders of how low the excitement level sank yesterday.

  19. bigjohn

    September 12, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Gotta love the constant criticism of playcalling. Looked to me like they were trying to get Moore involved early and keeping things safe with DP (who I agree is playing great). Plus, we've got to get our rushing attack on track from someone besides DP.

    I expect the D to get better and would not be surprised to see some shifting around of personnel by next weekend (both of these comments based on Coach Moore's post-game comments).

    I don't mind a little bit of the music, but not when the band is playing and not while the PA is talking.

    Student section looked packed. Love it.

    Agree that the crowd was quieter than 28k Apps should be, but props for coming out with the weather looking more than iffy.

    Quick is great, the Blalock kid on special teams–wow!

  20. JMcCray

    September 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The coaches need to get back to play calling like they did with Richie Williams. The team needs to focus on winning the ten yard battles on both sides of the ball.

    If Legree is modeling himself after Lynch, he needs to make sure he knows when to pull the trigger on routes. Lynch's style of play can either work well for you, or leave you flat on your face with a receiver dancing his way to a big play.

    At the end of the day it comes down to team work. You have to make your assignments.

  21. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 5:21 am

    If the music's too loud, you're too old.

    Note to David Jackson: The first few hundred times you used the word "pay dirt", it sounded cool. Now, it's cliche and a tired act. Your vocabulary is more expansive than that!

  22. Dan

    September 12, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I'm usually one of the people who kills him, so I must say Vitaris did a good job.

    There was a complete lack of energy from everyone in that stadium wearing App colors. Everyone.

    The music was annoying because it wouldn't get stopped in time for the next play, it really makes it hard to be disruptive when our D is on the field because we're being drowned out by Kriss Kross.

    Student section looked good from my side, could not hear the band at all, since they're basically underneath us now. This resulted in a several off-time Go Apps, Fight Apps chants.

    There may be a Gainey Island, but that's only because he's lost on it by himself. I hope he gets things figured out soon.

  23. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Music: No more Cottonmouth Joe. Makes us look like a bunch of hicks.

  24. Randy

    September 12, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Looking forward to seeing Tony Washington in the future. I was surprised he held on to that punt after getting drilled and also a nice catch near the end of the game.

  25. Dan

    September 12, 2010 at 5:32 am

    "Music: No more Cottonmouth Joe. Makes us look like a bunch of hicks."

    Seriously. Not to mention, crappy song.

  26. Bcoach

    September 12, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Blalock gets my vote for player of the game. I have no idea in the world how that much heart fit in that size body.

    It was Steve White.

    Coco was on the sidelines in a black rain suit.

    Someone has kidnaped Gainy and stolen his uniform. In a very bold move that theif has taken the field. For some unknown reason security has not caught him while he runs around on the field during plays.

    Kickoff better we are no longer giving the 40 on every kickoff.

    Like the band where we can hear them.

    Talk about OLD, rap at sporting events sucks.

    Idiot move of the day. I am not going to give a number but the coach turns to a player to send him in and the guy has to run back by a bench to get his ( big black thing to put on his head ) when he gets back sorry sent sombody else. Son there are only two places in the world that thing belongs during a game. On your head or in your hand. I still miss Andy Massey

  27. cfowl

    September 12, 2010 at 5:45 am

    36 first downs, 620 total yards on offense, 45 points, with 6 fumbles! What a bunch of idiots posting comments about play calling and the noise level of the crowd…in a 45-14 game!?

    Your ignorance is embarrassing.

  28. hapapp

    September 12, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Must say CoCo was playing a very positive role on the sidelines. I saw him meet players numerous times as they left the field. He was doing his best to provide some lift to his teammates especially after a miscue or mistake.

  29. skibbers

    September 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

    No point in playing music for 2.3 seconds and turning it off. I don't mind some music, but in between every play is annoying and comes of as amatuer. Miley Cyrus? seriously? Thought I was supposed to be at a football game, not glitter night at the roller rink. Hopefully they will clean it up as the season goes on and iron out the kinks.

    Crowd was pretty quiet, maybe the weather, maybe the opponent, hopefully we'll show up when it counts.

    Best hit of the game goes to the security guard, but excessive.

  30. Bcoach

    September 12, 2010 at 6:28 am

    DP is doing a great job. The very sad thing is that he will have to do much better if we are to beat Elon. If something does not happen with our secondary we will need a lot more than 45 points to beat them. Their QB will have a record day.

    My low for the day was watching our dbs chestbump after the Jacksonville guy drops a pass that hit him in the numbers. GUYS!! you blew the cover he was open! he just couldn't hold on to the ball. What the heck happened to you guys over the summer????

  31. biggie

    September 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Music between each play has to go. We were Furman from last year with less bass.

    Music is fine for timeouts, between quarters etc, though the band should be in that.

  32. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Bcoach- You read my mind. I saw that chest bump and was thinking the same thing. He was wide open!

    What is the official word on Coco. Is he sitting for health or DUI reasons?

    cfowl- I assum your playcalling comment is directed at me. Everyone on this board knows that we are playing with fire by not performing well in the first half of every single game. That is coaching and poor play calling. Dumb strategy.

    Did you see Alabama last night. They went up big and pulled their starters in the 3rd and 4th. Why run the risk of losing the game and injuring players by having more aggressive play calling later in the game????

  33. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 6:48 am

    My beef with the music is less about the volume, but more about the timing and the music selections. I understand that we want to get students fired up with Lady Gaga (who sucks, by the way…stop copying Missing Persons and Madonna), but music can also motivate 40, 50, and 60 year olds if the proper selection is made. Playing a Miley Cyrus song at a football game is just wrong.

    Let's get the whole place rocking, not just the first five rows!

  34. Bcoach

    September 12, 2010 at 6:59 am

    We also need to cut the music while our own team is trying to call the play. That happened 3-4 times. Elon is supposed to do that to us not us to outselves.

  35. Bcoach

    September 12, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Coco out for DUI but I was told 3 games not 2 which I agree with. Can anyone confirm?

  36. App Band

    September 12, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I have to say this even though it will fall on deaf ears with the powers-that-be: As a former band member who sits with them at home games, I HATE SITTING ON THE OTHER SIDE! I HATE BEING ACROSS THE FIELD FROM OUR TEAM! The players I know have told me that they don't like this move either. They want us RIGHT BEHIND them because we help get them pumped and are die-hard, non-stop, LOUD and supportive and I'm not just talking about the music. WE YELL!!!!! I hope this move is only for one season and then we can get back to the traditional "home" side where we belong.

  37. appfantoo

    September 12, 2010 at 7:04 am

    All summer to work on the playlist and MC Hammer's "Can't touch this" gets 1st Quarter air time…

    C'mon man.

  38. AppGrad78

    September 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

    "I still can’t believe we don’t open up on offense more."
    — Dore

    Yeah, I hate it when our offense is limited 620 yards.

  39. MIDWEST

    September 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

    This was not a great JVille team, so we can brag all we want about 620 yards, but a good team will be leading 28-7 if we continue to play like this in the first half. That is the point, AppGrad. What's wrong with opening it up right out of the shoot. This strategy will come back to haunt us if it continues.

    Again, we need to be up 35-14 in the third and start pulling starters.

  40. AppBeAllUCanBe

    September 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

    For those that follow the Sagarin football ratings: after this weekend's games, here's a dash of cold water. Out of 245 teams, App is ranked 92nd. Strength of schedule is ranked 193. Our opponents current rank: Chatt (160), Jacksonville (180), NC Central (231), Samford (152), Elon (127), Citadel (147), W. Carolina (172), Furman (97), Ga Southern (149), Wofford (148),and Florida (4). In 2007, App finished in the 40's. Other FCS teams: JMU (33), Delaware (65), U Mass (69), Villanova (71), N. Iowa (73), Jacksonville State (99. Pity poor Chattanooga that really outplayed App, and then lost at the very end AGAIN to Jacksonville State. I see a lot of arrogance and a sense of entitlement on the players' part. How many were here in 2007? Live on your own glory, not past ones. Don't get cocky when you barely outplay cream puffs.

  41. Bcoach

    September 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

    App Band
    I feel your pain but here is the other side of the coin. When you were on this side we could not hear you over here. When a visiting team brings their band we feel like we are at an away game because we can hear them but not you. Not sure what the solution is but I love it now because I can hear you. At least you are wanted.
    Would also rather hear you guys than that lame c—p they are playing on the PA.
    Keep up the good work. We love you.

  42. Dan

    September 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    The other FCS teams' ratings will fall as they get into their FCS schedules. They're helped by the FBS teams they've played right now (JMU especially, rightfully so).

    Being in the FCS means this stuff doesn't matter that much. If we get to the playoffs, we have to earn it on the field.

  43. Dan

    September 12, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Bcoach – did you just censor 'crap'?

  44. appnaysayer

    September 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I like the band where it is now. Sounds better on the home side.

    I thought it was "Cotton-EYED Joe?"

    Agree with Midwest on Miley Cyrus. Puh-leeze
    Basically, this is the playlist from last basketball season.
    Keep AC/DC and Guns n Roses. Otherwise, start over. First new song? Hendrix, The Wind Cries Mary.

    This is Jacksonville's what–3rd or 4th year– of having a team? And we're bragging about beating them in the last 20 minutes of the game? And crowing about 620 yards of offense?

    Samford has a more than decent qb. Unless the secondary gets a lot better fast, that could be a rude awakening for app fans.

  45. yosef82

    September 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

    36 first downs, 620 total yards on offense, 45 points, with 6 fumbles! What a bunch of idiots posting comments about play calling and the noise level of the crowd…in a 45-14 game!?

    Your ignorance is embarrassing.

    Comment by cfowl 09.12.10 @ 9:45 am

    Okay, which one of the coaches are you? You have to be a coach because every fan in the stadium thought the play calling sucked!

    Yes were were able to run up some yards on a team that should not even be on the same field with us. Whoopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

    If Jacksonville was in the SOCON the would be in a neck and neck shootout with Western for last place.

    Damn that 620 yards gives me a "Warm Fuzzy"

  46. Gwaltineer

    September 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Pull Gainy and put in the endzone security guard.

  47. Bcoach

    September 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Dan
    Oh crap!
    I did. I feel bad about it and will never do it again. Don't know what came over me. Maybe because it was Sunday?

  48. Appstatefan67

    September 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I was in the student section and the Miley Cyrus was actually a big hit in the student section..but most are right the music was not timed right between plays and we are not wake forest please stop with their theme music

  49. Nate

    September 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I agree with everyone about too much lame music from the PA. I have mixed feelings about the band's new home, but I must say the student section did look mighty impressive on the home side without the band.

  50. yosef83

    September 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Everything about how the music was played over the PA yesterday was bush-league.

  51. DRM

    September 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I would like to see the band in special stands immediately behind the south end zone, in the oval and, if need be, onto the track. Make them movable, if we have to, for track use. Then maybe both sides of the stadium could hear the band. We'd have to build seating to elevate grassy bank fans so they could see over the band, but horseshoeing the south end zone wouldn't disappoint me.

  52. dore

    September 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    We could just put some huge acoustic shells in front of the trees. Sure, it'll kill the atmosphere, but you won't have to worry about the sound exiting out of the stadium :D

  53. Big Dave

    September 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    The announcer was terrible…No quality or passsion to his voice. He sounded like someone who was hlding his nose and talking. JU is a team that beat ODU last week a team that won 9 gmaes last yer. JU is good and they were big. MW you need to do some work…… The music was okay IF YOU WANT TO BE LIKE THE NFL. We don't need it….I'm in 206 and we can't get people to cheer…I'm 58 and I want to make a difference! Where else in America oes it clear up for a game then get cloudy right after its over?????????????

    Our new coaches show……….We got work to do…………

  54. parking lot

    September 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    huge fan of the music. if you dont like rap get over it.

    they play rap at every stadium. majority of the guys on the field are rap fans…

  55. moehler

    September 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Was really excited to watch the game on the home computer, wanted to see this brand new aggressive, blitzing defense the coaches had been talking about all sprng/fall camp…..still waiting….. dam…hope we are saving the "new" defense for conference play, if not we better score 45 a game.

  56. section212

    September 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    The new sound system was great, but the timing of the songs was terrible. The selections didn't bother me as much as the awkward timing. I don't need to hear something between each play! Definately conflicted w/ the band several times and played right up to the offense running plays. I also thought the announcer sucked… he was giving a recap of the play while we're about to run another play and took forever to say 'another App State first down' (sorry, i like it). Hope they get the kinks worked out before next week.

  57. clayton

    September 13, 2010 at 3:01 am

    And now I list my game thoughts if the coffee lets me remember…

    1. Presley is a cool, relaxed player. Irvin snapped a quick one that Presley obviously wasn't expecting and after a quick bobble, Presley fired a pass to Elder without hesitation.

    2. I always thought that cool demeanor helped Presley's predecessor win a QB spot over the more excitable Coco and I think the same applies to Presley over Cadet.

    3. Devon Moore isn't 100 percent. I hope it's not a lingering issue.

    4. I think I read that Coco's suspension was 2 games but, I might be making that up. He was on the sidelines in a track suit and was in the middle of the wide receiver pregame motivational huddle (as he was last year). We missed him late last year and I'll be excited to see #6 back on the field.

    5. Brian Quick is becoming the player everybody thought he should be. His 3rd TD was beautiful.

    6. What was so wrong with the play calling? Were you guys watching the game? We did start slow in the scoring column but, there were early turnovers and a couple of barely missed TD opportunities. Quick and Jorden both had TDs go off the tips of their fingers and Cline seemed to have one called incomplete (the crack KBS staff made sure we missed the replay).

    7. We punted once. No 3 and outs.

    8. If we played like this against ____, we would've lost. Everybody loves saying that. Guess what? We didn't play ____. We played Jacksonville. We beat Jacksonville.

    9. In the past 5 seasons, we have lost 8 games in September. In the past 5 seasons, we have lost 3 games after Halloween. Do we not get that it's hard to be sharp early in the season and much more important to fire on all cylinders late in the season?

    10. Cadet was better.

    11. The secondary is the weak link so far this season.

    12. The music was a little annoying and could've been timed better. I'd prefer to hear the band but, there is room for both bad pop songs and the band.

    13. Not sure about the public address announcer.

    14. The crowd did seem a little lackluster. Hopefully, because of the early rain and the opponent.

    15. The unofficial Jason Vitaris fan club (featuring TJ Courman) was hilarious in the last 5 minutes of the game. My personal favorite was when Legree walked over to the kickers area and they started a Mark Legree chant. As soon as Legree turns and waves, they yell "sucks!" Maybe it's just my humor.

    16. I need some help finding a new hat. It's hard for me. I have a large head.

    17. No disrespect to the guy making the tackle but, it's embarrassing to watch fat security guards run after college kids.

    18. It's a good sign to see young players making plays on special teams.

    19. Sam Martin looks a little like Corey Lynch.

    20. I had a semi watching Trey Elder throw passes to Daniel Wilcox before the game.

    21. John Holt wants to be the new Shawn Elliot.

    22. Jackson looked fine but, I hope he can get more work this week.

  58. nomadb

    September 13, 2010 at 3:34 am

    spot on clayton.

  59. mikem

    September 13, 2010 at 4:11 am

    The way the student smoked that fat cop down the sideline – I thought it was a staged comedy act until that nasty takedown by the security guy. Then the fat cop piles on, that part was embarrassing. But the takedown was the best defensive hit of the day.

  60. The BoogieMan

    September 13, 2010 at 4:36 am

    App is ranked 92nd. Strength of schedule is ranked 193. Our opponents current rank: Chatt (160), Jacksonville (180).

    This is the harsh reality. DB's get it right or come October 9th, it going to be a long day.

  61. herbstreitsucks

    September 13, 2010 at 5:03 am

    My thoughts:

    Steve White did a good job in his first time as PA. The music cutting him off was annoying especially when he was calling out what the flag was for or what the yardage was. I would rather hear whats going on in the game then a flashback of MC Hammer or House of Pain. I mean really.

    There were two instances where Steve was talking, the band was playing, and then the music started up and cut both of them off.

    It was ridiculous. I felt like I was at some back yard football game where some High School A/V nerds decided to setup their experiment.

    Thankful for the nicer weather though.

  62. yosef83

    September 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Is this by any chance the same Steve White who taught history at ASU?

  63. Waco Kid

    September 13, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Naysayer agrees with Midwest and now I find myself agreeing with Naysayer… this must be the Hope and Change we were promised!

    The band needs to be in the end zone. Anyone more than 1 section away from them in the deck can't hear a sound. The new traffic flow is ok, but those of us in Justice Lot got held up for 30+ minutes until the Stadium Lot was nearly empty.

  64. JMcCray

    September 13, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Monday poll is out, we're still 3rd. And Montana is 1st. SIU jumped to 2nd from 5th?! and they are 1-1. They thumped Quincy University 70-7 and lost to Illinois, 35-3.

    Wait, their loss is to Quincy? Who is Quincy you may ask? A Div. II Franciscan-Founded University with a student population of under 1200 students and ~13K Alumni.

  65. Dan

    September 13, 2010 at 7:07 am

    How is Montana still #1? Nova should be back on top.

  66. CamelCityAppFan

    September 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I think you are looking at last week's poll, updated with this weeks game results but not rankings.

    App should move up this week.

  67. JMcCray

    September 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

    could be. Camel City

  68. JMcCray

    September 13, 2010 at 7:26 am

    yep. nevermind

  69. Chris Townsend

    September 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Based on a lot of the comments I'm seeing, there are alot of folks who seem to have the glass being half-empty metality rather than it being half full. Please keep in mind that it is still early on in the season. Yes, there are problems, but they can be worked on….and I have no doubt the Mountaineers will be there in the thick of things when it really starts to count.
    Personally, I thought the Mountaineers did quite well considering. Their opponent, Jacksonville, beat a very good Old Dominion team up at their place last week and it is a veteran unit. Those guys came to play. I'm glad the Mountaineers were playing these guys rather than the sisters of the poor that Montana and some SoCon temas seem to be playing early on. This game was my family's first Mountaineer game in 6 years….and believe me things have changed big time since then! I would never have dreamed that things would have gotten so big that we would have had to take a shuttle bus to get to the game! The atmosphere was pretty charged…to us at least and we got up and yelled and screamed as much as anybody where we were sitting and probably more. And the band was great!

  70. bcoach

    September 13, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I believe it is Steve White ticket mgr

  71. DRM

    September 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

    "2. I always thought that cool demeanor helped Presley’s predecessor win a QB spot over the more excitable Coco and I think the same applies to Presley over Cadet."

    That may be why Presley is QB and Cadet isn't. Coco would have needed a lot more than just becoming less excitable to beat out Edwards.

  72. CamelCityAppFan

    September 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Sports Network poll is out (coaches poll not yet).

    1 Villanova (74) 1-1 3338 2
    2 Appalachian St. (25) 2-0 3269 3
    3 James Madison (30) 2-0 3100 12
    4 Jacksonville St. (9) 2-0 2948 5
    5 Southern Ill. 1-1 2510 4
    6 Montana 1-1 2415 1
    7 Elon 1-1 2382 8
    8 New Hampshire 1-1 2151 6
    9 Richmond 0-1 2086 7
    10 Stephen F. Austin 1-1 2050 10
    11 Delaware 2-0 1991 16
    12 William & Mary 1-1 1968 11
    13 UNI 1-0 1769 14
    14 South Carolina St. 1-1 1508 15
    15 Liberty 2-0 1419 19
    16 Massachusetts 2-0 1418 18
    17 Cal Poly 2-0 1210 NR
    18 Eastern Wash. 1-1 1149 17
    19 McNeese St. 1-1 1077 13
    20 South Dakota St. 0-1 1052 9
    21 Weber St. 1-1 788 20
    22 Montana St. 1-1 532 24
    23 North Dakota St. 1-1 497 21
    24 Furman 1-0 407 NR
    25 South Dakota 1-1 324 NR

  73. Appnaysayer

    September 13, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Clayton has apparently turned into DRM. Did you have to get up and go to bathroom before you got all that down in the post? Must have been the coffee.

  74. DRM

    September 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Pay attention more, Nay–MTD has long since eclipsed all records–past, present and future–for lengthy posts.

    Besides, if I'd written a 22-point list, there would have been at least 22 meaningful points (some points likely would have been worth more than one). I think Clayton had about four.

  75. clayton

    September 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    That hurts my feeling.

  76. DRM

    September 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Which one?

  77. clayton

    September 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Only have the one.

  78. asu7

    September 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Clayton's points 3, 4, 9 and 13 are spot on.

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