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App State-Campbell highlights

Courtesy of the Sun Belt.

Also, here’s the coach on the game.

Vincent resigns

youwillbemissedLate Friday it was reported that App State women’s bball coach Darcie Vincent, along with two of her assistants, have left the program. Vincent’s App State teams went 117-75, and had four straight 20-win seasons. With her departure, App State has reset all four coaches in its top four sports teams in the last two years – football, baseball and both bball teams. App State women open their season November 19. An interim has yet to be named.

Aftermatch – Mountaineers roll


Week 1 was no surprise. Neither was Week 2.

Campbell scored as many points Saturday as it has scholarship athletes, getting steamrolled by App State 66-0. It was 45-0 at the half, which was extended by almost an hour due to weather.

From fashion perspective, pretty sweet helmets.

7.1/1.8 – Yards of offense per play by App State and Campbell, respectively.

7 – Mountaineers who ran the ball, combining for 293 yards. Marcus Cox led them all with 20 carries for 114 yards. Ricky Fergerson (48 yards) and Eric Davidson (24 yards) had 8 runs apiece.

2 – Receiving TDs by Simms McElfresh, who caught five passes for 81 yards. He now has three TD catches on the season.

“We knew it was going to be about us, and not who we were playing. We wanted to play fast and physical. I thought our kids did that for pretty much the whole game. They could have easily had a let-up, especially in the second half after the lightning delay.” – head coach Scott Satterfield

“App has a winning tradition and we got embarrassed on ESPN. That was not acceptable. We had a good talk in a team meeting and decided we need to get back on that tradition and make a name for ourselves.” – Mountaineer receiver Simms McElfresh

This was App State’s first shutout since 2006, when it blanked DII Mars Hill, 41-0.

Georgia Southern also won big Saturday, 83-9, over Savannah State.

App State is off next week before heading to Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are 1-1, beating Alcorn State 26-20 Saturday. They face No. 3 Alabama this Saturday.

The 25,861 announced attendance at The Rock was the largest in the Sun Belt Saturday, followed by UL Lafayette with 25,607. Georgia Southern was third at 23,121.

* Photo stole from the twitter

Gameday – Home opener on ESPN3

funbeltAnother historic day, as App State plays its first ever home game as a full-fledged FBSer.

The foe is non-scholarship Campbell, which sets up what one paper calls the “other extreme.”

“We’ve got some things we’ve got to get worked out and get better at, regardless,” Satterfield said. “It’s so much more about us than our opponent right now.”

The Mountaineers will look for more production from their passing game. Perhaps most important, Satterfield said, they’ll also try to shore up a run defense that made some costly mistakes last week.

Satterfield said that when his players were where they were supposed to be, Michigan’s gains were minimal. The focus this week was on being consistent on defensive “fits.”

Marcus Cox is expected to start. It’s a night game, so the place should be Rock-in.


Live like a Mountaineer

Pretty sweet commercial spot.

APP-propre links

Coach Satt call week 2. All Upshaw.

Back to the Milhouse. Former Mountaineer now a Camel.

Every snap of Michigan offense. And here’s the defense.

Record start to Sun Belt season. League goes 6-3 in non-conference games, best start ever.

Coaches’ comments. Previews of Sun Belt week 2.

Coach Minter on App State. “It’s gonna be tough. These guys can play. I think they better than Charlotte, especially on defense.” (At 7:20 mark)

FBS went 44-2 against FCS in week 1. App State-Campbell one of 29 more matchups this weekend.

Saints coach asked to ID QB No. 3. Cadet.

Panthers release DJ Smith. Had been on practice squad.

Choice of a new generation of commercial. For reals?

Predictions – Welcome back to The Rock

nightLast week App State was clearly overmatched by national power Michigan. This Saturday should have the cleat on the other foot (hoof?). App State versus Campbell shouldn’t be in doubt, and yet …. we pause. Sure, the Camels have zero scholarship athletes, but last season A&T only had 30, and we remember how that home opener went. O/U – App State points at halftime: 21.

(UPDATE) App State student missing since Wednesday

missingAlert – “App State Police are seeking information regarding a student who has been missing since Tuesday. Anna M. Smith of High Point was last seen at her residence hall room on campus around noon, Tuesday. It is not known what she was wearing when she was last seen. She has been entered as missing on the National Crime Information Center database.” Coincidentally, earlier this week was the annual Walk for Awareness.

FRIDAY UPDATE. From campus paper –

It was reported that Smith used Mountaineer SafeRide on Tuesday around 10:26 p.m. SafeRide is a university van service that provides transportation around campus for students during the evening hours.

Smith was also seen near her residence hall Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. She reportedly was wearing light colored clothing (shorts and a shirt).


The one App State highlight from Saturday has gotten some national love.

Peter King in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback column – “A college football thought: That catch by Appalachian State wide receiver Simms McElfresh, I dare say, is one of the greatest catches I have ever seen.”!) even gave it a shoutout in its top plays of the week.

Simms McElfresh also got some twitter love from a Michigan fan who, like many, dig the name. It’s pronounced “MACK-ill-fresh,” though to be honest “Simms Himself Fresh” has a nice ring as well.

NEXT: Campbell at App State

give em hellApp State plays its first of six homes games within The Rock Saturday at 6 p.m. It is the Mountaineers’ first home game as an FBS program. It will also be Campbell’s first ever game against an FBSer. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, and will feature former JMU head coach Mickey Matthews doing color commentary. Here are four downs.

Bounce back game
App State was dominated by Michigan. The defense gave up 9.7 yards a rushing attempt, including runs of 59, 61, and 62 yards. The offense struggled, starting 0-8 on third down conversions and completing a pedestrian 51 percent of passes (Kam Bryant was 8 of 19, Taylor Lamb 9 of 14). Those performances came against one of the more powerful FBS schools in the country. This week App State will face the other end of the gridiron spectrum.

What’s in the box?
The Campbell football program turns 7 this season, and brings with it to Boone a 17-51 all-time record. Its sole winning season was 2011, when it went 6-5. The Camels have just four wins since. The team, led by second-year coach and former Carolina Panther Mike Minter, offers no athletic scholarships. They opened their season last Thursday with a 33-9 loss at UNC Charlotte. It was 6-3 at the half. The Camels gave up 453 yards, including 264 on the ground.

Hump dumped
Against UNC Charlotte, Campbell gave up three rushing TDs in the 3rd quarter. It followed its trends from 2013, when the Camels gave up 37.6 points a game and 30 rushing TDs for the season. They also allowed opponents in the red zone 47 times, giving up scores on 42 occasions (37 TDs, 5 FGs). With regard to their pass defense last season, opposing quarterbacks completed 61 percent of pass attempts with 29 caught for TDs and only 9 intercepted.

After boasting one of the most formidable home records in FCS, App State won just twice in Boone last season, against Georgia Southern and Western Carolina. That resulted in the smallest average regular season home crowd since 2006, with 24,894 fans a game. Saturday’s contest is the only one in Boone this month. The Mountaineers will open October with back-to-back home games against South Alabama and Liberty.

App State and Campbell last played in 1931, the teams’ sole meeting … The 19-play, 96-yard drive led by Taylor Lamb against Michigan was the most active offensive drive by App State in 25 years, matching a 19-play TD drive by D.J. Campbell against Marshall in 1989 … Saturday’s 106,811 announced attendance was the second-largest crowd ever for an App State game … This will be the first of three straight night games (at least) for App State. Southern Miss (7 p.m.) and Georgia Southern (7:30 p.m.) have late starts. Kickoff has yet to be announced for the October 4 home game against South Alabama.

‘He was ready to go’

Expectations just got largerAnother season, another first-year star. Terrence Upshaw ran for 109 yards against Michigan Saturday, the first Mountaineer to debut by breaking triple digits in 40 years – “He’s got to get better when he doesn’t have the ball, as far as protections and that type of thing, but when he had the ball in his hands he did a good job,” Satterfield said. “He averaged over six yards a carry against a defense with nine starters back. I thought that was pretty solid on his part … He’ll continue to get better and better the more he plays,” Satterfield said. “He’s one of those type of backs that gets stronger as the game goes on.”

Five Apps on active NFL rosters

Final NFL 53-man rosters were due yesterday. As of this morning, ESPN has the following listing for Mountaineers active in the big league.


DJ Smith is on the Panthers practice squad, while De’Andre Presley was put on the physically unable to perform list.

Andrew Peacock was placed on the Lions’ practice squad.

ONE MORE. Tony Washington signs with Jaguars practice squad.