MONROE, La. — It was another dominating defensive performance yet again for the Appalachian State Mountaineers last week.
App State knocked off Georgia State in Atlanta, 37-3.
“Our defense played really really well and we were able to come away with a big win in our first conference game,” said head coach Scott Satterfield.
This was the third opponent in five games that the Mountaineers have kept out of the end zone.
Mountaineer quarterback Taylor Lamb completed 18-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns and Malachi Jones had three catches for 102 yards to lead the way offensively.
Bobo Beathard, Shaedon Meadors and Levi Duffield all had touchdown grabs.
Marcus Cox was held under 100 yards for the first time all season. The junior carried the ball 19 times for 76 yards.
This week, the Mountaineers will travel to take on Louisiana-Monroe.
The Warhawks have struggled to a 1-4 start this season and are coming off of a disappointing 34-24 loss against Tulsa. UL-Monroe had a 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter but gave up a pair of touchdowns in the final nine minutes to take the loss.
UL-Monroe has been extremely battled-tested this season with a non-conference schedule that included dates with SEC powers Georgia and Alabama. The Warhawks’ lone win this year came against FCS opponent Nicholls State.
“Their (UL-Monroe) record is certainly misleading. They have played Georgia, Alabama, Georgia Southern and Tulsa they are all pretty fine teams. That’s a hard schedule to start out with,” said Satterfield.
The Warhawks are led by sophomore quarterback Garrett Smith. He has passed for 1,113 and nine touchdowns to go along with seven interceptions.
For the Mountaineers, the team is used to playing on the road this year as this will mark the fourth time in six games App State has played away from Boone.
“We’re putting everything we’ve got into the preparation this week against Louisiana-Monroe and hopefully we’ll go down there and play well,” said Satterfield. It’s a challenge every single week especially now going on the road, it’s a long trip for us, and we’re going to put everything we’ve got into it to get out of there with a win.”
UL-Monroe head coach Todd Berry has been through a lot already this season. The ups and downs of winning and losing on the field had to take a backseat to the death of a team member two weeks ago when walk-on quarterback Daniel Fitzwater died. Fitzwater, 20, was out for the season with a knee injury. The cause of Fitzwater’s death is still unknown.
“This last week was tough on us and it made it a little bit more difficult on us in the game,” said Coach Berry. “The tragedy that some of our players are dealing with, it’s not just a loss of a teammate. It’s dealing with some of their own terminal thoughts. They all think they’re bullet proof at this age.”
Kickoff from Malone Stadium will be at 7 p.m. The game can be watched live online via ESPN 3.
- This is the second meeting between App State and UL-Monroe. The Mountaineers won last year’s game in Boone, 31-29.
- The Mountaineers have won seven straight Sun Belt games.
- App State has now won 10 of the last 11 games.
- App State still leads the nation in red zone defense, surrendering just two touchdowns and one field goal to the opposition in 12 red zone trips.
- The Mountaineers also lead the nation in defensive touchdowns with three.
- ASU is looking for just its second win ever in the state of Louisiana.
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