NCAAF Game Recap - Appalachian State at Troy
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:00 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 29, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

Final

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2

3

4

T

(22) Appalachian State (11-1)

20

14

7

7

48

Troy (5-7)

10

3

0

0

13

Thomas, No. 22 Appalachian State rout Troy 48-13
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:28 PM

TROY, Ala. (AP) Zac Thomas and Appalachian State came out fast, built and maintained a big lead and then headed home.

That's where they'll remain next weekend.

Thomas passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth score to lead No. 22 Appalachian State to a 48-13 romp over Troy on Friday night in the regular-season finale.

The win assured the Mountaineers (11-1, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference, No. 25 CFP) of hosting the league title game against Louisiana next Saturday.

"I think it's a culmination of what we've worked for," Appalachian State coach Eli Drinkwitz said. "That's why you put in the blood, sweat and tears so that you can have something special at your home place. Obviously we hope it's cold as crap and snowing."

The Mountaineers did just fine in Alabama's milder weather.

Thomas, Darrynton Evans, Thomas Hennigan and others all delivered big plays for Appalachian State, which reached the end zone on each of its first five possessions against the Trojans (5-7, 3-5).

Thomas was 28-of-34 passing with his final attempt a 25-yard scoring strike to Evans to start the fourth quarter. The Trussville, Alabama native had a 12-yard touchdown run.

Evans also scored on runs of 52 and 9 yards and gained 82 yards. Hennigan gained 140 yards on 11 catches and Malik Williams caught two short touchdown passes.

Appalachian State led 34-13 at halftime. The Mountaineers had two apparent touchdown passes negated by penalties on the final drive before the half, which ended with an interception, but didn't punt until well into the third quarter.

It didn't take long to realize the championship game would be played in Boone.

"I think it's remarkable," Thomas said. "I think any time you can get a bigtime game like that in front of your home crowd, it does measures not only for you as a player but your fans."

The Trojans needed to win to become bowl eligible but fell behind 20-3 in the first 10 minutes.

Kaleb Barker passed for 281 yards with an interception, going 24 of 41. But the Trojans had just nine rushing yards entering the fourth and finished with 35.

"We had a few good opportunities on offense, but we just couldn't get it in the end zone," first-year Troy coach Chip Lindsey said. "Overall, we just didn't get it done. We're disappointed in how our season went."

For Appalachian State, Thomas didn't miss a beat despite the loss of leading receiver Corey Sutton to a torn ACL in the last game against Texas State.

"He hit some deep balls early and after that there was just no stopping him," Hennigan said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Appalachian State: Matched its own Sun Belt record of 11 wins in a season after going 11-2 in both 2015 and 2018. Went unbeaten on the road (6-0) for the first time since 1995. Converted its first 10 third-down tries.

Troy: Closed the regular season with blowout losses to the Sun Belt's two best teams, but this one was at least a better showing than the 53-3 loss to Louisiana. Fell to 2-22 against Top 25 teams.

SECOND CHANCE

Appalachian State defensive back Desmond Franklin bobbled and dropped a likely pick-six on one play near the goal line. On the next play he got another chance, scooping the ball out of the air after it was knocked from a receiver's grasp and returning it 20 yards to set up a touchdown. Drinkwitz was happy with the outcome.

"But I'm going to be all over him for ball security, that was awful," he said.

PAT STREAK ENDS

The Mountaineers' Chandler Staton had made a Sun Belt-record 148 consecutive PATs before missing his first attempt of the game.

UP NEXT

Appalachian State hosts Louisiana on Dec. 7 in the Sun Belt championship game.

Troy's three-year bowl streak ends, and the Trojans must replace the senior Barker next season.

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Passing

App Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Thomas 34 28 82.4 4 326 44 1 133.6
J. Huesman 1 1 100.0 0 2 2 0 79.2
Troy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Barker 41 24 58.5 0 281 35 1 69.3
K. Young 5 3 60.0 0 23 11 1 31.7

Rushing

App Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Evans 13 82 6.3 52 2
M. Williams Jr. 7 41 5.9 12 0
Troy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Woods 4 22 5.5 12 0
D. Billingsley 5 14 2.8 9 1

Receiving

App Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Hennigan 11 140 12.7 43 0
J. Virgil 5 95 19.0 44 1
Troy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Todd 5 82 16.4 35 0
K. McClain 4 58 14.5 30 0

Fumbles

Returning

App KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Evans 1 8.0 0 8 0 - 0 0
H. Pearson 1 2.0 0 2 0 - 0 0
Troy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Gibson 2 13.5 0 14 0 - 0 0
J. Daughtry-Frye 1 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0

Punting

App Punt Yds Avg LgPu
X. Subotsch 3 141 47.0 53
Troy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Sumpter 4 148 37.0 49

Takeaways

App Int Yds InTD
W. Edwards 1 0 0
D. Franklin 1 20 0
Troy Int Yds InTD
K. Nixon 1 15 0

Team Stats Comparison

App Troy
Points For 48 13
Total Yards 522 339
Rushing Yards 194 35
Passing Yards 328 304
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/35 27/46
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 27 20
Penalties - Yards 9/75 4/20
Time Of Possession 30:30 30:30
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/13 5/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/3
Punts - Average Yards 3/47 4/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter App Troy
Troy 2:59 FG Tyler Sumpter 26 yd FG 0 3
App 4:50 TD Jalen Virgil 44 yd pass from Zac Thomas (missed kick) 6 3
App 8:35 TD Darrynton Evans 52 yd run (Chandler Staton kick) 13 3
App 9:23 TD Zac Thomas 5 yd run (Chandler Staton kick) 20 3
Troy 13:47 TD DK Billingsley 1 yd run (Tyler Sumpter kick) 20 10
2nd Quarter App Troy
App 2:20 TD Malik Williams 8 yd pass from Zac Thomas (Chandler Staton kick) 27 10
App 6:11 TD Darrynton Evans 9 yd run (Chandler Staton kick) 34 10
Troy 9:27 FG Tyler Sumpter 39 yd FG 34 13
3rd Quarter App Troy
App 5:46 TD Malik Williams 6 yd pass from Zac Thomas (Chandler Staton kick) 41 13
4th Quarter App Troy
App 0:06 TD Darrynton Evans 25 yd pass from Zac Thomas (Chandler Staton kick) 48 13

Game Information

Stadium: Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, Alabama
Attendance: 18,989
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