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Slow start, but better 2nd half leads App State to a win over ETSU

App State pulls away from ETSU.

NCAA Football: Appalachian State at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The coach Eli Drinkwitz era got off to a slow, but eventually promising start in a 42-7 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon.

The first half was absolutely abysmal to watch from an offensive perspective for App State fans as QB Zac Thomas struggled to get in sync.

WR Corey Sutton served his one-game suspension due to legal trouble from back over the summer and at times his absence was clearly noticeable. However, Thomas Hennigan reminded everyone he can be an effective, sure-handed force with 7 receptions for 75 yards and a highlight catch and score between 2 ETSU DBs.

Overall, Zac Thomas finished the day going 16-for-24, 150 yards and 2 passing TDs and a rushing TD. Evans also had a nice day on the ground racking up 99 yards on 14 carries and a score.

ETSU starting QB Chance Thrasher was knocked out of the game in the 2nd quarter turning it over to Trey Mitchell who finished up 12-for-19, 117 yards and 1 TD. Stud running back Quey Holmes was held in check only generating 68 yards on 19 carries.

App State put up 444 total yards of offense with 277 of it coming on the ground, while ETSU put up 292 yards of offense with a balanced 161 through the air and 131 on the ground.

A key thing to keep an eye on for App fans this upcoming week will be the injuries to Cameron Peoples, Desmond Franklyn and Marcus Williams Jr. as all three guys play big rolls for what App State can do.

Overall, the offense picked up the pace in the 2nd half with flashes of the way this App team can be effective. Getting Zac Thomas calmed down in the pocket will be a big key as the focus now shifts to Charlotte next Saturday in Boone the game is Scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.