In a miserably hot environment, App State played three quarters great but wilted late in a 35-13 loss at East Carolina. It was the fifth anniversary of the All Time Upset at Michigan. Since then, App is 0-5 against FBS teams, losing twice to ECU and once each to Florida, Virginia Tech and LSU.
WORRY STAT, OFFENSE – 32 rushing attempts.
The Satterfield mojo was evident from the start, particularly with a no-huddle offense that really pushed the tempo at times. Jamal Jackson was productive passing (300 yards on 23 of 40 passing) but just couldn’t move the ball with his feet, running seven times for just 34 yards. He’s gonna have to be more daring for the spread to click. Only three other Apps ran the ball, Steven Miller (14 attempts for 47 yards), Rod Chisholm (9 for 37) and Ricky Fergerson (2 for 3).
BE HAPPY STAT, OFFENSE – 8 Apps with a catch
Jackson spread his 23 completions around. Tony Washington was his favorite target (102 yards on 7 catches), with Andrew Peacock (77 on 5) and Malachi Jones (5 for 69) getting some love. Simms McElfresh caught two, and four others one. Nice to see some depth.
WORRY STAT, DEFENSE – Cramps strike back
Karma, we respect thee. The heat took out more than one App defender. In the past conditioning was never questioned – the limps were on the other legs back when App played ECU in ’09 – and we doubt there will be any Greenville climate repeats this year. Plus, more than 300 people “needed some sort of treatment because of heat-related problems.” So this is a minor complaint.
BE HAPPY STAT, DEFENSE – Just 192 through 3
Through most of three quarters, ECU gained only 192 yards of offense. It barely cranked out four yards a play. That D wilted during the Pirates’ final three drives, when they went for 198 yards and an 8.25 snap average. In short, after one game, we’re hyped for some outstanding defense this season.
WORRY STAT, HONORABLE MENTION – 11 penalties
We don’t normally whine about refs. That said, App State was flagged 11 times for 100 yards, while just two thrown at ECU (25 yards). App was called for multiple pass interferences and holding.
BE HAPPY STAT, HONORABLE MENTION – 45.2 punt average
Sam Martin punted six times. Two landed behind the 20. One was a touchback. The longest went 53 yards.
Your turn. What has ya worried? What has ya happy?