Appalachian State made their home debut Saturday afternoon and blasted FCS Gardner-Webb 72-7. The Mountaineers took a 28-7 lead after one quarter of play and rode it the rest of the way en route to the third most points in school history.
App State scored on the third play of the game with a 64 yard touchdown strike from Zach Thomas to Dominique Heath. After App State blocked a put for a TD Gardner-Webb drove downfield to cut the deficit to 14-7 but that would be the most the dogs would run all day as Appalachian put the pedal to the floor and didn’t look back.
Jalin Moore had a light day as he only played a quarter and a half of football but in that time span Moore racked up 119 yards on eight carries and two scores including one of the rushing scores from 81 yards out. Zac Thomas finished his day after playing one half of football, with 11/15 passing for 185 yards and one TD through the air and one on the ground.
The Appalachian State special teams unit continued their dominant play as the unit blocked two punts recovering one block for a touchdown and also Clifton Duck taking a punt return back for a touchdown. The Mountaineer special teams unit has scored at least one touchdown in all three games in 2018.
App State rackd up 692 yards of total offense while Gardner-Webb was held to just 160 total yards. Appalachian also held Gardner-Webb to a measly 34 yards rushing forcing a run-centric offense to have to pass the football. GWU QB Jordan Smith was 13/27 passing for 117 yards, one score and was picked off twice by the App State defense.
Appalachian State advances their record to 2-1 and now moves away from non-conference play and will look ahead to their first Sun Belt game next Saturday when they welcome South Alabama to Boone for homecoming 2018. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.