Appalachian offense wakes up
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State's offense seemed to wake up from a season-long slumber in the Mountaineers' 38-14 victory over Georgia Southern Saturday.
The Mountaineers have not struggled moving the football during the season, but they have struggled with converting possible scoring drives into points. A variety of reasons -- turnovers and mental mistakes being two in particular -- were blamed.
But it all came together against Georgia Southern, who took a 7-0 lead, but saw the Mountaineers score the next 31 points. Appalachian State cranked out plays of 40, 30, 22 and 20 yards in the passing game, and running back Marcus Cox gained 104 yards and scored a touchdown on 20 carries.
"We did a better job the last few weeks of spreading the ball," Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield said. "Both (Andrew) Peacock and (Tony) Washington got their usual touches, but we also got the ball to (Simms) McElfresh and Malachi Jones, so we got five or six guys involved. When we do that, it's tougher to defend us."
Appalachian State quarterback Kameron Bryant completed 27-of-33 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant also scored on touchdown runs of two and seven yards, both in the first half.
Peacock led the Mountaineers with 10 receptions for 127 yards with a long reception of 22 yards. Jones, who had just eight catches in the Mountaineers' first seven games, caught six passes for 57 yards against Georgia Southern.
Washington added five catches for 129 yards, including a 40-yarder late in the first quarter that set up Bryant's 2-yard TD run early in the second period. Washington also caught a 29-yard touchdown from Bryant in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers' final touchdown of the game.
Bryant completed 32-of-40 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown a week earlier against Furman, but did not throw a touchdown until the fourth quarter.
Satterfield said Furman took away deep passes, which kept the Mountaineers throwing underneath the coverages. App State also turned the ball over five times, including four fumbles.
"At Furman, we took our shots, but we had to make more underneath throws," Satterfield said. "It all came together this week. The receivers played their best game this season."
The Mountaineers take on Chattanooga on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium looking to build on what they started against Georgia Southern.
Chattanooga (6-2, 4-1 SoCon) gives up just 17.6 points per game, which is the lowest in the Southern Conference by a touchdown.