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Recap: App State beats ‘Whee ….*yawn* … again

Gettin juggy with itApp State needed just 95 seconds to score its first TD Saturday, and led by as much as 38-13 to start the fourth, on the way to a pedestrian 38-27 win in the ‘Whee.

The game was made memorable by who helped engineer it. Logan Hallock, a walkon from Wilkes County who started the season as the third-string QB, played just over three quarters of near flawless passing football.

The sophomore connected on his first 20 throws, before registering his first incompletion on his final attempt. He finished with 230 yards and two TDs. His longest was a 36-yarder the Phenom on a first-and-10 midway through the second quarter. (Sean Price finished with 142 yards on 11 catches).

For the game App State collected 579 yards of offense.

Jamal Jackson started the game, but left in the first with a knee injury. He was later cleared by team doctors to return, but the coaching staff stayed with Hallock. Jackson is officially listed now as day-to-day.

App State is now 6-3, 4-2 on the season. Next up is an actual rivalry game in one of the most difficult places to play, the Stink. The Eagles beat ‘Nooga last night in triple OT, 39-31. Ouch.

DON’T WORRY STAT, offense – .952
That was Hallock’s passing percentage, a school record. And he did it in fine fashion. He entered the game with just under five minutes left in the first quarter. He then collected 182 yards of offense in the final 19 minutes of the half. On the final two App State possessions of the second quarter he connected on nine passes, seven for double-digit gains. They went for 11, 19, 36, 13, 7, 16, 7, 16 and 18. Six were thrown on first down. He also ran 10 times for 17 yards.

BE HAPPY STAT, offense – 245
Steven Miller was back in Beastmode, covering 245 yards on 34 carries for a 7.2(!) yard average. His long was an early 56-yard run. The day’s work put him over 1,000 rushing yards on the season (1,077). He’s the 12th Mountaineer to break that mark. He carried the ball on 63 percent of App State’s rushing attempts (Hallock, Tony Washington, Rod Chisholm and Jackson had a collective 20 attempts for 40 yards).

DON’T WORRY STAT, defense – 7
The ‘Whee came in averaging 188 rushing yards a game. They managed 149. Actually, they gained 198, but had 49 obliterated by 7 sacks and a tackle for loss. Jeremy Kimbrough was the hungriest, nailing the ‘Whee QB 3.5 times and sending him back a collective 25 yards. Ronald Blair had two (11 yards). Stephen Burns and Greg Hall had one apiece, with Thomas Bronson, Deuce Robinson and Troy Sanders getting credited with a half sack each.

BE HAPPY STAT, defense – 3:44
That’s how much time was left in the first half when the ‘Whee managed to record its first 1st down (Actually, it was a 74-yard TD pass on 3rd and 9). Prior to that, the Cats had four 3-and-outs for a collective 17 yards. Going into the final quarter, they had only 167 yards of offense to App’s 484.

HERE’S A FEW MORE NOTES WE WROTE

– The ‘Whee now owns a 21-game losing streak in conference play (3rd longest in SoCon history), and an 8-game losing streak to App State. All hail the … /finger quotes … “rivalry“. /smh

– App State was flagged 10 times, losing a combined 77 yards on penalties. Even with that, first-year ‘Whee coach Mark Speir thought there should have been more – “Referees’ calls are all part of the game,” Speir said. “They’ve got a tough job. … The film will tell, but they do the best they can.”

– Hallock’s 20 straight isn’t without recent App State precedent. Jackson completed his first 15 passes when he came off the bench against The Citadel last season. Back in 2004, Richie “THE Man” Williams completed a then-NCAA record 28 consecutive passes.

– While the QB streak was impressive, a lotta credit goes to his targets – “And about half of his 13 first-half completions were courtesy of acrobatic catches by his receivers. “He was off a little bit early, and we helped him out,” said freshman receiver Sean Price. “But as the game wore on, he got crisp with those passes. Nobody knows this, but the dude is a playmaker, and he showed it today when he got his chance.”

– LB Brandon Grier sat out with a knee injury. He will play Saturday at Stink.

– Announced attendance for the game was 13,279, the 10th largest crowd in ‘Whee history. Eight of the 10 largest crowds there have been for App State.

* photo found on the twitters

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