I believe I have discovered what Appalachian State does so well that has caused this late season surge. Here is how they ran the ball today:
- First quarter: 10 carries, 44 yards, one touchdown.
- Second quarter: 10 carries, 46 yards.
- Third quarter: 6 carries, 12 yards.
- Fourth quarter: 16 carries, 102 yards, two touchdowns.
The Cajuns had absolutely no answer for a Mountaineer rushing game that didn't really do anything spectacular for most of the game, but gradually wore down the Louisiana defense until, when it mattered, that had absolutely no answer. Yes, I am leaving out the last minute where Appy State lost a few yards taking a knee. Marcus Cox finished with a hard-earned 151 yards as the Mountaineers outscored UL by a 21-3 margin in the second half.
To be honest, this game was probably over whenever the Fightin' Hudspeths had Hunter Stover kick a 33-yard field goal to make the score 21-16 ASU with just over five minutes left to play in the third quarter. If you are willing to settle for a field goal instead of going for it on fourth and four from the 16 yard line, you're not really looking to win. Especially when you just went for it on fourth and six from the 26 four plays earlier.
This win, which all of a sudden replaces Louisiana-Lafayette's six game streak with a five-game win streak for ASU as the longest in the conference, means that Georgia Southern can clinch the outright Sun Belt Championship next weekend at home against Louisiana-Monroe. Appalachian State will look to improve to a winning season against Idaho, while the Cajuns will take out their frustrations on the Troy Trojans in Larry Blakeney's final game.