It was again one of those odd games. Back and forth. Ying and yang. Give and take.
Swag would score. Then so would App State. Swag would grab a goal line INT. Then so would App State. Swag calls timeout with less than a minute to go and game done. Well, of course, so would App State.
The edge went to which team could score twice in a row, and that team was the good guys. Jamal Jackson hit Andrew Peacock for a 25-yard TD to end the third quarter App up, 21-17. That was followed by a Jackson to Steven Miller 23-yard pass that put App State up for good.
Final, 35-23, Black and Gold. App State goes to 4-2, and stays steady with three other one-loss SoCon teams. Wofford remains perfect.
DON’T WORRY, OFFENSE – Jamal Jackson
He’s got an arm, no doubt. He finished with 304 passing yards on 20 completions among 29 throws. But today he also had the legs of ZZ Top. He knew how to use them, running for a game – and career – high 94 yards on 17 carries. His total offensive output was 398 yards of offense, 5 total TDs, and 66% of the App State snaps. Three of his four passing TDs went for 23 or more yards, including a 54-yard reception by Tony Washington.
BE HAPPY, OFFENSE – Wide world of receivers
Five Mountaineers caught two or more passes – three caught a TD pass – and all had at least 37 yards. Steve Miller had 97 yards on 5 catches, including a 48-yarder. Peacock caught 7 for 71. Malachi Jones and Sean Price each caught three for 38 and 37, respectively. Washington caught two for 61. That’s depth.
MAYBE WORRY, DEFENSE – Hot receiver
Swag’s Aaron Mellette finished with 13 catches for 237 yards and 3TDs, one of which he ripped from the hands of an App defender. He’s not the first foe to get big receiving numbers. Montana had two 100-yard receivers, led by 145 by Dan Moore on just 3 catches. Citadel also had a 100-yard receiver (123 on 3 catches). Then again ….
BE HAPPY, DEFENSE – Sticky Fingers
Three Mountaineers were credited with interceptions – Jeremy Kimbrough, Demetrius McCray and Jamill Lott. Kimbrough snagged his on the goal line, and ran it back 36 yards. Two plays later Washington finished his 54-yard dash to paint. McCray also nabbed one when the birds were in App State land, picking it off on the 12. Lott’s steal basically ended the game, coming with 2:49 left.
HERE’S A FEW MORE NOTES WE WROTE.
- Steven Miller matched Jackson with 17 carries, but gained just 75 yards. He longest went for 37, on App’s second to last possession of the game. He also lined up as a receiver on a few possessions.
- For some stupid reason, Swag felt the need to burn a time out with 56 seconds to go and the game decided. Crowd couldn’t boo loud enough.
- App State retaliated with a timeout and 8 seconds left on the clock. But they had a reason. Should we let Sam Martin try a field goal from 61 yards out? OH YES WE WILL! It sadly fell j-u-s-t short of crossing the upright, but it was probably the most exciting play we’ve seen this season.
- App State has broken 400 yards of offense in all six games this season, the first time it’s done that since becoming D1 in 1972.
- The announced attendance was a generous 29,073.
- Next up is a trip to Lil Sammy, which had 5,872 on hand for the big win over The Citadel today. Like Elon, the Bulldogs have never beaten App State in a SoCon game.
* photo stolen from the twitters