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Aftermath: App State at Michigan

doneThe Mountaineers’ much hyped Ann Arbor rematch ended with a 52-14 loss. It was 35-zip at the half.

HIGHLIGHT
That sweet McElfresh TD catch.

Marcus Cox with a 1-yard TD run.

KEY STATS
109 – Yard rushing by App State redshirt freshman Terrence Upshaw. His second of 18 touches went for 27. He averaged 6.1-yard average per carry.

9 – App State’s streak of failed third down conversions to open the game. The offense converted 5 of its last 8.

560 – Yards of offense by Michigan. That included 350 rushing yards (9.7 yards per carry).

3:11 – Time span in which Michigan scored 21 points to close the first half. Started with an 8-yard pass with 3:59 left, a 12-yard run with 1:26 left, and 32-yard blocked punt return with :48 left.

KEY QUOTES
“The way they played their defense this game was not what they had shown all last year. They were a big zone team last year. This game they played us straight man the whole game… Maybe it was because we have young receivers, I don’t know.” – App State coach Satterfield, commenting on his team’s defensive effort. There were a lot of missed assignments and missed tackles.

“As I talked about earlier in the week, we would need all 11 players in the right position. On the big runs, if one person is out of their gaps, 10 people could be in the right gap, but if one person is out of the gap that messes everything up and gives them those long runs.” – Mountaineer DE Ronald Blair, on the several long runs by Michigan.

“Every day, for a week and a half, Hoke showed his players the clip of Appalachian State’s last-second blocked field goal in 2007 – a play that stunned Michigan, shocked the college football world and created a dark memory few Wolverine fans will ever forget. ‘Every day,’ Michigan running back De’Veon Smith said. ‘Whenever we went in (to) special teams (meetings), he showed us.'” – mlive.com column.

TRIVIA
Both App State-Michigan games ended with a combined 66 points scored.

The last time App State allowed more than 50 points in a game was its 52-28
home loss to The Citadel in 2012.

Only 3 of App State’s remaining 2014 opponents won on opening weekend – UL-Monroe over Wake Forest, Arkansas State over Montana State, and LA-Layfette over Southern. South Alabama had a bye and Idaho-Florida was suspended due to weather (And Georgia State win Wednesday makes four).

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