BOONE — Appalachian State, one of just two unbeaten teams in the Sun Belt, will host the Troy Trojans this Saturday for a special evening of Halloween football.
Several fans that park in the Stadium, Justice and Duncan lots will be handing out candy and treats to young fans dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. The Mountaineers’ Trunk or Treat will be from noon until 2 p.m.
Fans of all ages are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes into the game that will feature two teams coming off of impressive performances last week.
The Mountaineers (6-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) pounded rival Georgia Southern, 31-13, while Troy (2-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) scored its first conference win in dominating fashion over New Mexico State, 52-7.
Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers completed 23-of-37 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns while running back Brandon Burks needed just 10 carries to get 133 yards and one touchdown.
Teddy Ruben had three grabs for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Emanuel Thompson had five catches for 73 yards, Deondre Douglas had four catches for 36 yards while Jarvis Bentley, Bryan Holmes and K.D. Edenfield all had touchdown receptions.
“We threw the ball and caught it better than we have at any point this year and this was the best our offensive line have played,” said Troy head coach Neal Brown. “We played okay overall, I think we can play better.”
App State comes into this game hoping to avoid a letdown after earning a big home win over a rival on national television.
“We take the same approach every week. They (players) know and we talk about if you’re not prepared, you’re not going to play well and you’re going to have a chance of losing,” said App State head coach Scott Satterfield. “We focus on getting better every week. We’re going to prepare like we do every week.”
Troy will be trying to get its second Sun Belt win in as many weeks.
“We’ve got our hands full this week, playing the best team in our league this week,” said Coach Brown. “They (App State) are as hot as any team in the country right now, Scott has done a great job, if you look at what he’s done, it’s tremendous.”
Coach Brown praised the job that Satterfield and his coaching staff have done with recruiting and the strong defense that App State has built.
The Mountaineers are seventh in the country in total defense, giving up just 277 yards per game, fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 12 points per game and still number one in the nation in red zone defense, allowing teams to score just five times in 17 red zone trips.
Kickoff from Kidd-Brewer stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
* The Mountaineers received six votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
* App State Wide receiver Simms McElfresh was featured live on SiriusXM College Sports Nation show Full Ride hosted by Chris Childers and Rick Neuheisel last Friday.
* App State and Arkansas State are the only two Sun Belt teams without conference losses going into this weekend.
* The overall series between App State and Troy is tied at 2-2. The Mountaineers won last season’s game, 53-14.
* The Mountaineers have won five straight games and 11 of the last 12.
* The last time Troy and App State played in Boone, Troy escaped with a 34-28 win in 2000. App State beat Troy, 33-30, in the first round of the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs later that season.
Sun Belt schedule
Texas State at Georgia Southern (Thursday night)
Troy at Appalachian State
Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette
Georgia State at Arkansas State
Idaho at New Mexico State
UNC at No. 23 Pittsburgh (Thursday night)
Louisville at Wake Forest (Friday night)
Syracuse at No. 17 Florida State
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Georgia Tech at Virginia
No. 3 Clemson at NC State
Miami at No. 22 Duke
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