In a game between former SoCon rivals that seemed to retain the fieriness one would expect from longtime fighters, Appalachian State handed Marshall their second consecutive crushing loss in as many weeks against teams. from North Carolina.
Led by nine points early in the last quarter, the Mountaineers did exactly what they needed to do – score a touchdown, score the extra point and add a basket – in the final quarter, and held on for a 31-30 win. on the Thundering Herd at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Thursday night.
“It was a 15-round heavyweight fight,” App State coach Shawn Clarke said after the game. âWe were the last team standing.
Chandler Staton scored a 45-yard goal with 5:45 left, and the defense took a key position after that, giving the Mountaineers the ball with just over four minutes to go. Nate Noel ran 11, 14, 41 and 22 yards last practice and avoided entering the end zone late to prevent the herd from getting another offensive possession.
Noel finished with 187 yards on 20 carries. Chase Brice threw for 283 yards on the game, including 127 and a touchdown to Corey Sutton. Thomas Hennigan also had 123 yards for the Mountaineers. Cameroon Peoples also registered three touchdowns for Appalachian State.
App State scored the first goal on a Peoples run, but Marshall posted three straight scores to take a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
App State responded with a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown that covered 5:23, and Peoples scored on a 2-yard rush in the middle of the quarter.
Marshall came out on top in seconds on a 97-yard kickoff return by Rasheen Ali, but the Mountaineers had time for another first-half practice and made it count. People rushed into the end zone to put App State in the lead, 21-20, at halftime.
Shane Ciucci broke through his third field goal of the night for Marshall and Rasheen Ali added another touchdown late in the third to put Marshall in the lead by nine at the end of three, setting the stage for the Mountaineers’ return. Sutton scored with 14:09 left and Staton took the kick to cut the deficit to two, then he pierced the game winner.
A week ago, Marshall edged ECU 38-21 after three quarters, but lost to the Pirates, 42-38. The herd is now 2-2 on the season after opening victories over Navy and NC Central before the two recent losses.
App State, meanwhile, moved to 3-1, his only loss then being no. 22 Miami on the road two weeks ago.
The Mountaineers will be in Georgia State next week for the team’s Sun Belt Conference opener.
This story was originally published September 24, 2021 12:09 am.