Amid the near freezing temps and driving rain, Appalachian State (10-1, 6-1 Sun Belt) flexed their muscles and showed the nation why they should be ranked.
Texas State (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) was relentless on defense and for the first three quarters the Mountaineers had to stave off a home upset.
A beautiful 45-yard strike to Corey Sutton from Zac Thomas put App State ahead with 7:09 left in the first.
Texas State had a couple of turnover-on-downs before Joshua Rowland hit a career high 49-yard field goal to put Texas State on the board.
Keishawn Watson caught an acrobatic 19-yard pass to put Appalachian State up 14-3 but with three seconds left in the half Bobcat quarterback Tyler Vitt hit speedster Javen Banks with a 53 yard touchdown to put the halftime score at 14-10.
Texas State would add another Rowland field goal and 14-13 was the closest Texas State would get to victory as the Bobcat defense that gave the Mountaineers so much trouble started to break down.
That crack in the wall of Texas State defenders allowed Darrynton Evans to rush for three touchdowns in the third and fourth as App State continued their 2019 campaign of domination.
Evans would rush for 154 yards on 21 carries and the three aforementioned touchdowns and Zac Thomas had an efficient day for the Mountaineers going 8/16 and 174 yards.
Texas State’s rushing woes continued as the Bobcats could only muster 54 yards on a 2.2 rushing average and were outgained by six minutes on the time-of-possession.
Bryan London II finished with 10 tackles, just one tackle shy of becoming Texas State’s all-time leading tackler.
Next up for Appalachian State is a visit to Troy next Friday. Texas State will look to finish off year one of the Jake Spavital era with a win at Coastal Carolina next Saturday.
Fifth-year senior Victor Johnson shares his thoughts on App State’s Senior Day win against Texas State at The Rock: pic.twitter.com/duvFr8edf1— App State Football (@AppState_FB) November 24, 2019