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App State versus the triple option

Return of the Stone Curtain?

While App State helped popularize the dreaded spread, three other schools have gone with a much lackluster, workmanlike offense – the triple option.

And it’s given the Mountaineers fits on occasion.

The El Cid fan site Sports Arsenal has a preview up for the big game Saturday, and amongst the notes is a reflection on how App State has fared against those three triple-option teams in the SoCon.

Good news! The Mountaineers are pretty resilient at home.

Appalachian State’s defense last year versus the SoCon’s three triple-option teams:

– at Wofford; allowed 407 yards of total offense, 24 first downs, 5.5 yards per rush
– Georgia Southern; allowed 201 yards of total offense, 11 first downs, 2.6 yards per rush
– at The Citadel; allowed 361 yards of total offense, 15 first downs, 5.9 yards per rush

In 2010:
– The Citadel; allowed 197 yards of total offense, 10 first downs, 3.7 yards per rush
– at Georgia Southern; allowed 301 yards of total offense, 18 first downs, 3.5 yards per rush
– Wofford; 275 yards of total offense, 17 first downs, 3.6 yards per rush

At home not one foe went for more than 275. On the road, App can’t keep ’em under 300. /whistles

El Cid’s should be a great test run for the triple option D.

After two games, the Bulldogs are averaging 5.7 yards a carry, and have scored eight rushing TDs. Granted, most of that was gained against Charleston Southern (Stink kept them in check at 3.8 a run), but there has been some production.

Not enough to inspire fear … yet … but enough to make sure you stay focused. Otherwise, you stink.

Beat El Cid.

* photo by Appfan Chad.

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