Appalachian State will host Campbell in the team’s first home game as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Last week, the Mountaineers were unable to repeat history in Ann Arbor as the Michigan Wolverines dismantled App State, 52-14.
One bright spot was freshman halfback Terrence Upshaw who ran for 109 yards and became the first Mountaineer player in 40 years to accomplish that feat in his debut.
“I think he (Terrence) will continue to get better and better the more he plays,” said head coach Scott Satterfield. “I’m very pleased with what he did and I think he’s got a bright future here.”
Coach Satterfield also said that tailback Marcus Cox is healthy and will give the Mountaineers a pair of offensive weapons in the backfield with the emergence of Upshaw.
At the quarterback spot, Kam Bryant struggled a bit against a Wolverine defense that returned nine starters. Bryant completed just 8-of-19 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown. His one TD pass went to Sims McElfresh who had five catches for 25 yards.
Defensively, the Mountaineers struggled with the powerful Wolverine offense. Running backs Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith each ran for over 100 yards with Green picking up 174 yards on 15 carries and Smith galloping for 115 yards on just eight carries.
Through the air, Devin Gardner was 13-14 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Devin Funchess was unstoppable with seven catches for 95 yards and three scores. He did not drop any passes.
This week, the opponent is certainly not as strong as last week with Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) foe Campbell University coming to town.
Campbell, a member of the Pioneer Conference, will try to bounce back from a 33-9 loss at home to Charlotte.
Campbell quarterback Dakota Wolf passed for 187 yards and completed 19 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions. Wolf was also the leading rusher with just 35 yards on 17 carries.
Ben Bolling led all Fighting Camel players with six catches for 71 yards and a TD.
Kickoff for this contest is set for 6 p.m. from Kidd-Brewer Stadium in Boone. The game can also be seen live on ESPN 3, the online platform of ESPN. Live radio broadcasts of the game can be heard locally on the flagship station, 97.3 WKBC FM in Wilkesboro, as well as 1450 WATA AM in Boone.
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