NORFOLK, Va. — The Appalachian State Mountaineers return from a week off to face Conference USA foe Old Dominion on the road this Saturday.
The Mountaineers took a much-needed week off to regroup after the 41-10 loss to Clemson back on Sept. 12.
“We’ve got a tough opponent in Old Dominion. We’re working on our fundamentals and just continuing to get better,” said Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield during his weekly Sun Belt media conference.
ODU is also coming off of a defeat to an ACC opponent. N.C. State handed the Monarchs its first loss of the season last Saturday by a 38-14 score.
Entering the game, the Monarchs had NCAA leading rusher Ray Lawry ready to roll. However, the Wolfpack defense held him to just 15 yards on 11 carries, something the Mountaineers will try to accomplish this week.
“N.C. State did a good job keeping the ball away from their (ODU’s) offense. Old Dominion only ran 44 plays last week,” said Coach Satterfield. “They (ODU) do have a very good offense.”
The Mountaineers will hope to limit turnovers but will face a solid defense once again this week.
“I think they (ODU) have a very sound defense. They’re good up front and their defensive line is outstanding,” Satterfield said. “They are a solid football team and play in a great stadium and great environment.”
Taylor Lamb will try to bounce back from a tough outing where he completed just 9-of-28 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
On the ground, Marcus Cox continued to do what he does best, eating up yards. The junior tailback still found a way to get 103 yards on 25 carries against a stout Clemson defense.
Terrence Upshaw pitched in with 69 yards on 11 carries and true freshman Josh Boyd got into the action with 17 yards on four carries.
Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder has his team looking forward to this week after last week’s disappointing home loss to N.C. State.
“I talked to the team and we really broke the season down into two parts. There’s the first four, non-league games and then the conference games. We really need to get as many wins as we can to get closer to the magic number of six to become bowl-eligible,” said Coach Wilder. “We have an opportunity this weekend to become 3-1.”
“I like where we are right now. The kids were disappointed with the loss but see us improving as a team as well. The energy level from the kids has been great,” added Wilder.
With the last decade of great success for the Mountaineer football program, they certainly will not be sneaking up on any opponents in the near future.
“I’m well aware of their tradition and history. Coach (Jerry) Moore guided them to three national championships and everybody remembers when they beat Michigan. They have transitioned the right way, too. They’ve really set themselves up for success,” said Wilder.
Kickoff from Foreman Field will be at 3:30 p.m.
Conference USA announced on Wednesday that the game between App State and Old Dominion will be televised live in 20 markets throughout the country.
Locally, the game can be seen on MTN 18 (Boone, Tri-Cities), WCCB-CW Channel 18 (Charlotte) or WMYV-MyTV Channel 48 (Greensboro/Winston-Salem).
Outside the area, the game will be streamed live on www.americansportsnet.com .
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