BOONE — Appalachian State fought off the cold and the wind to take care of business against visiting UL-Monroe at Kidd-Brewer Stadium on Saturday.
Senior running back Marcus Cox cemented his legacy as one of the top running backs to ever put on the black and gold uniforms. Cox ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns while also becoming the leading rusher in Mountaineer program history.
Cox’s current total of 4,819 yards surpassed the record held by Kevin Richardson who ran for 4,804 during his outstanding Mountaineer career.
As a team, the Mountaineers piled up 429 rushing yards and 637 yards of total offense.
This game also marked the final home game of the season, sending the seniors out with a big win capped off a great day of football at The Rock.
“This was a really special night for the seniors and for us. So many of these guys have meant a lot to this program over four years and five years. Guys like Marcus, it was very special for him tonight to get the all-time rushing record here on senior night which is pretty cool,” said App State head coach Scott Satterfield. “I was proud of the way the offense played tonight, we finally really put it together I think for the whole game. We were running the ball well and efficient throwing the football, I was proud of the way those guys played.
Jaylin Moore proved once again that the future of the Mountaineer running game after Cox graduates is very bright by running for 135 yards on 13 carries.
Taylor Lamb completed 14-22 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns and added 92 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.
App State has one game left in the regular season before looking towards its second bowl game appearance in as many seasons.
“Overall we’re pumped to be where we are right now, we’ve got eight wins and we’ve got to finish it off next week against New Mexico States,” said Satterfield.
For Cox, not only did he break the rushing record, but the record-breaking run came on a touchdown, making the play even more memorable for the senior.
“It’s one of my favorite plays and I’m always going to remember it. Once I got in the end zone, I really didn’t know what to do or how to feel and then all my guys came over there and jumped on me and tackled me, it was probably the best feeling ever,” said Cox.
Now that Cox in the same class as Richardson and former Mountaineer great John Settle, it was really a special moment for him.
“Just to be in company with those guys and to say I overtook them to become the all-time leading rusher just leaves me speechless. At the end of the day, I just have to tip my hat off to the offensive line, my coaches, my receivers, tight ends, everybody on the offensive side of the ball. Without them, this day never would have came,” said Cox.
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