Appalachian State returned to true ASU form on Saturday afternoon with a 54-7 victory over the Tigers of Savannah State. In front of a gold clad crowd at Kidd Brewer Stadium the Mountaineers struck early and often. The App defense came right out of the gate and held the Tigers to a three-and-out providing some relief after last week.
Taylor Lamb and the offense went to work and marched right down field as Jalin Moore pounded it in from 2 yards out to put App up 7-0. Lamb would then hit tight end Levi Duffield for a 57-yard touchdown on the next drive to pull ahead 14-0. Lamb would then find his groove as he would finish this game 12-for-15 passing for 327 yards and five touchdowns.
Terrance Upshaw would be the leading rusher for the N’eers as he would have 10 carries for 86 yards and a score. Jalin Moore had nine rushes for 57 yards and a score. App State as expected played a lot of backups in the third and fourth quarters. Lamb and Moore did not see the field in the second half.
Savannah State quarterback TJ Bell had a rough afternoon as he finished 3-for-13 passing for a mere 21 yards. The Tigers were only able to gain 114 total yards of offense compared to 624 yards for Appalachian State. Seven different running backs would have snaps for Appalachian as they put up 279 yards on the ground.
It was a great to see the App defense back to true form as I said in the preview earlier this week that this was the game for Appalachian State to get back on track. Lamb was great today and takes home the player of the game award with his performance. The gold uniforms ASU wore today also added a swag level to the big win.
Appalachian State will now turn their attention to San Marcos, Texas where the Apps will have their first Sun Belt duel the with Bobcats of Texas State next Saturday at 7 PM ET. Texas State will enter the matchup 1-1 after falling to Colorado in week two.