Despite rainy conditions, over 22,000 fans were on hand today to see the Appalachian State football team get back to their winning ways with a 20-7 win over the Samford Bulldogs at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Two weeks ago, the Mountaineer defense looked to be suspect as they gave up over 520 yards and 40 points in a loss to McNeese State. The blackshirt defense turned it around this week, holding the Bulldogs to less than 200 yards of total offense.
Junior defensive end, Jabari Fletcher, said the Mountaineer defense used their 0-2 start as motivation to play well today. After the game, Fletcher said, “We all fed off of what happened the first two games and used it as motivation to come out here and make plays and do what we have to do to win games.”
On defense, the Apps were lead by junior weak side linebacker, D.J. Smith, who recorded 16 tackles. Sophomore defensive back, Ed Gainey, also picked off Samford’s quarterback, Dustin Taliaferro, deep in Mountaineer territory.
The defense was also able to hold Samford’s all-conference running back, Chris Evans, to 86 yards on the ground.
ASU’s senior quarterback, Armanti Edwards, went 19-28 for 194 yards. The Bulldog defense held Edwards to only 17 rushing yards, but the senior signal caller added two touchdowns; one through the air and one on the ground.
The Apps’ junior running back, Devon Moore, rushed for 106 yards and caught three passes for a total of 24 receiving yards.
ASU head coach, Jerry Moore, said he knows his team beat a good football team today. In the post-game press conference, Moore said, “Samford is a well coached football team, I'm sure they'll win their fair share of football games this season so I'm pleased that we were able to come out and get a win today.”
The Mountaineers continue SoCon play next Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, when the Apps tangle with The Citadel Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 1:00 that afternoon. If you’re unable to make the trip, David Jackson, Steve Brown, Randy Jackson, and the rest of the Appalachian ISP Sports Network will begin their game day broadcast on AM 1450 WATA at 11:00 a.m.
In two weeks, the Mountaineers will welcome the North Carolina Central Eagles for homecoming.