App State picks up first win in Satterfield era
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
ELON When Appalachian State needed to put Elon on ice for good, the Mountaineers turned to a freshman to do the freezing.
Running back Marcus Cox, starting for the first time in his collegiate career, finished with 159 yards on 26 carries in the Mountaineers' 31-21 victory over Elon at Rhodes Stadium.
It was the Mountaineers' final drive of the game that did the final damage to the Phoenix. Cox picked up 76 of his yards, including a 3-yard, game-clenching touchdown, with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter. Cox reeled off runs of 20, 17, 16 and 16 yards to set up his touchdown.
Appalachian State (1-2, 1-0 SoCon) picked up its first win of the season, and the first career win for head coach Scott Satterfield, by building a 24-0 second quarter lead and a 24-7 lead by halftime. Elon (1-3, 0-1) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull to 24-21 before Cox started his march down the field.
Cox was no stranger to the end zone on Saturday. He scored on a 50-yard touchdown catch from Jamal Londry-Jackson on the Mountaineers' first drive, and on a 73-yard catch-and-run from Kameron Bryant in the second quarter that put App State in front 17-0.
Cox caught five passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He was a key part of an offense that rolled up 599 total yards, including 357 yards in the first half.
Appalachian State, which averaged just 95 yards rushing in its first two games, gained 195 yards on the ground Saturday.
Elon's offense did its share of marching up and down the field, too. The Phoenix gained 437 yards in total offense, including 193 on the ground.
Appalachian State welcomed back receiver Sean Price, who missed the first two games because of a suspension. Price finished with eight catches for 99 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown from Kameron Bryant in the second quarter.
The Mountaineers were missing defensive end Ronald Blair, who missed the game because of a suspension. The length of his suspension is undetermined.
Both Londry-Jackson and Bryant took snaps for the Mountaineers. Londry-Jackson, the starter, also started the third quarter. Bryant started the second quarter and took over for Londry-Jackson in the third and finished the game.
Both were efficient in the passing game. Londry-Jackson completed 16-of-21 passes – including his first eight – for 205 yards and a touchdown.
Bryant completed 9-of-12 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Neither was intercepted, although Londry-Jackson was sacked twice.
Elon quarterback Mike Quinn comleted 26-of-35 passes for 229 yards with a 5-yard touchdown to Kierre Brown in the second quarter and an interception thrown to App State linebacker John Law in the first quarter. Backup quarterback John Loughery, directing the final Elon drive of the game, hit just one of his five attempts for 15 yards and another interception to Law.
B.J. Bennett led the Phoenix in rushing with 86 yards on 16 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.