BOONE — For the first time as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will host a non-conference game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team this Saturday.
The Wyoming Cowboys (0-4), representing the Mountain West Conference, make the almost 1,600-mile trip to Boone to take on the App State Mountaineers (2-1).
This weekend represents Homecoming for ASU.
Last week, the Mountaineers dominated Conference USA foe Old Dominion on the way to a 49-0 win.
“I thought our guys really played hard from start to finish,” said ASU head coach Scott Satterfield. “Our guys were very focused and intent on playing well against a team we really respect a lot in Old Dominion. It’s a good win for our program and our players.”
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Lamb completed 11-of-15 passes for 187 yards and four touchdowns against the Monarchs.
On the ground, App State tallied 303 total rushing yards, led by Marcus Cox with yet another 100-yard performance. The junior had 107 yards on 23 carries.
Jalin Moore added 75 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Terrence Upshaw had seven carries for 42 yards and Josh Boyd added 34 yards on five carries.
10 different Mountaineer players caught a pass last weekend. Shaedon Meadors and Bobo Beathard led the way with two grabs for 68 yards and a TD and two grabs for 60 yards and a score, respectively.
Cox and Hunter Nunn added the other two touchdown catches.
The beat goes on defensively for App State. This was the second opponent in three games the Mountaineers have held scoreless and the other team, Clemson, was held in check until the Mountaineers started turning the ball over and giving Clemson a short field to work with.
“We have a tight-knit group on defense. These guys really believe in each other and play for each other,” said Coach Satterfield.
Entering this week’s game, the Mountaineers have the top Red Zone defense in the country. The opposition has made five trips inside the Mountaineers 20-yard line but have been denied a touchdown or a field goal on every trip, the only team in the country that can say that.
Not to be left out on the offensive side, the Mountaineer rushing attack ranks eighth in the nation at 298 yards per game.
Wyoming is in the middle of transitioning to a new offense and coaching staff, led by former North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl. Bohl helped lead NDSU to three-straight Football Championship Subdivision National Championships, joining only Appalachian State as the other team to do that.
This is Bohl’s second year at the helm of the Cowboys.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for Wyoming. Coach Bohl is an excellent coach and will have those guys ready to play,” said Satterfield.
Satterfield said this game is a measuring stick for where ASU is as a program, taking a step up in competition with a Mountain West opponent coming to Boone.
“They (Wyoming) are very young. They play a lot of players, a lot like we were last year,” added Satterfield. “They’re a team that’s really on the cusp of breaking out. They are capable of coming in here (Boone) and winning.”
The Cowboys are led by Brian Hill, whose 461 rushing yards ranks him 15th in the nation.
Through the air, Cameron Coffman has completed 64-percent of his passes for 944 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
On defense is where Wyoming has struggled the most. The Cowboys are ranked 104th out of 127 teams, allowing 35 points per game and are 94th in the country in yards given up, roughly 435 per game.
Kickoff from Kidd-Brewer Stadium will be at 3:30 p.m. and can be watched live on ESPN3.
- This is the second meeting all-time between App State and Wyoming. The Cowboys beat the Mountaineers 53-7 in Laramie in 2004.
- Wyoming has lost seven straight games and 11 of the last 12, dating back to last season. The last win came against Fresno State on Nov. 1, 2014, a 45-17 win on the road.
- On the flip side, ASU has won eight of its last nine games.
- The Mountaineers are trying to start the season 3-1 for the first time since 2011.
- This is the longest road trip of the season for Wyoming (1,574 miles). The second longest will be to San Diego State on Nov. 14 (1,114 miles).
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