MOSCOW, Idaho — Freshman running back Jalin Moore broke an Appalachian State freshman record with 244 rushing yards in Saturday’s 47-20 win over Idaho.
Moore had by far the best game of his young career and one of the best games in Mountaineer history. Moore’s game was good enough to account for the ninth-most rushing yards in a game by any Mountaineer player ever. He entered the game with 203 rushing yards on the season and more than doubled that output against the Idaho defense that had no answer for the Mountaineer rushing attack that tallied 401 yards.
Terrence Upshaw added 44 yards and a touchdown and Taylor Lamb was able to run for 41 yards.
Lamb only passed the ball 15 times but completed eight of those for 90 yards and three touchdowns. JP Caruso tossed a touchdown late in the game. Malachi Jones, Barrett Burns, Montez McGuire and Bill Cecil all caught touchdown passes.
For Idaho, Matt Linehan played a solid game, but got no help from his running backs or the defense. Linehan completed 20-of-31 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vandals could only muster 56 rushing yards on 28 carries. Elijhaa Penny was held to just 53 yards on 16 carries after running for at least 135 yards in each of the last three contests.
App struck first with a TD pass from Lamb to Burns at the 7:58 mark of the first quarter.
Idaho answered back with a 15-yard pass from Linehan to Penny to tie the game.
With 12 minutes left in the second quarter, App State wide receiver Bobo Beathard ran the ball into the end zone from 17 yards out to give the Mountaineers a 14-7 lead.
Idaho kicker Austin Rehkow booted a 22-yard field goal with 6:13 left in the first half to make the score 14-10.
After that, it was all Mountaineers. App State outscored Idaho 33-10 including a stretch of 23 straight points from the 2:45 mark of the third quarter through the 9:23 mark of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
App State improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Sun Belt. Idaho dropped to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in conference action.
The Mountaineers will be off this week but will return to action on Nov. 28 at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. This will be the annual “Black Saturday” game as well as the final home game of the season.
Appalachian ends the regular season at South Alabama on Dec. 5.
- App State leading rusher Marcus Cox sat out the contest with a leg injury. The junior was dressed out but did not see any action.
- This was the 14th win in 16 games for the Mountaineers.
- The Mountaineers outgained Idaho, 511 yards to 299.
- Idaho had the ball for only 9:30 in the second half.
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