SAN MARCOS, Texas — Texas State is the first team in the way of Appalachian State’s run to a Sun Belt Conference Championship this season. The two teams will square off Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.
Both teams enter play with matching 1-1 overall records. App State fell in the season opener to the University of Georgia, 31-10, before bouncing back to throttle Savannah State last week in the home opener, 54-7.
Taylor Lamb completed 12-15 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns and Collin Reed caught three passes for 106 yards and two scores in the first win of the season.
For Texas State, they opened the year with a 20-11 victory over Houston Baptist. Quarterback Damian Williams passed for 135 yards and ran for 43 yards and a touchdown while running back Anthony Smith tallied 71 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries.
Last week, the Bobcats traveled to the University of Colorado and were defeated, 37-3.
For the first time in program history, App State will play a game in the state of Texas. In fact, the only other time the Mountaineers have even faced a team from the state was in 1995 when Stephen F. Austin came to Boone and beat the Mountaineers 27-17 in the Division 1-AA playoffs. Scott Satterfield was the quarterback for the Mountaineers in that game.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Mountaineers winning both of the previous matchups in Boone. App State won the first game in 2004, 41-34 when both teams were Football Championship Subdivision members. Last season, the Mountaineers pounded the Bobcats, 35-10.
Outside the High Country and North Carolina, football fans may not appreciate just what kind of program the Mountaineers have been building over the past three years. Over the past 34 games in college football, only three teams (Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State) have more wins than the Mountaineers. App State holds a 28-6 record over that span while Clemson is 32-2, Alabama is 31-3 and Ohio State is 30-4.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. and the game can be watched live on the WatchESPN app.
Around the country
While this week’s college football schedule may not have a ton of big non-conference games like fans got to see in the first couple of weeks, there are still some quality games worth watching.
#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida, 3:30 p.m. – Both of these teams want this game badly. Not just because they are rivals, but because a loss will not sit well with their respective fan bases and will make the hot seat a little warmer under both head coaches.
#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville, 8 p.m. – Two of the top teams in the ACC will square off with a spot in the driver’s seat in the ACC Atlantic Division at stake early on.
Arizona State at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. – Neither team is ranked, however this game has the chance to be the highest scoring game of the weekend. So if you’re into watching shootouts and don’t really care about defense, this is the game for you. The over/under point total for this game is set at 76 points.
#9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh, Noon
UCONN at Virginia, Noon
Furman at NC State, 12:20 p.m.
Baylor at Duke, 12:30 p.m.
Utah State at Wake Forest, 3 p.m.
#16 Virginia Tech at ECU, 3:30 p.m.
UNC at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.
Central Michigan at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame at Boston College, 3:30 p.m.
#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville, 8 p.m.
#17 Miami at #11 Florida State and Georgia Tech at Central Florida were both postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
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