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Hot Read: App Gets Statement Win

By BJ Bennett
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Appalachian State wins at Georgia Southern 34-10 on Thursday night.

1. Thurday night, a 34-10 triumph over Georgia Southern in Statesboro, marked an impressive victory for Appalachian State, now 6-2 overall and an important 4-0 in Sun Belt Conference play. Having only lost to Tennessee, in overtime, and Miami, the Mountaineers have a five game winning streak heading into the season's stretch run: vs Texas State, at Troy, vs Louisiana-Monroe and at New Mexico State. The showdown with the Trojans on November 12th could prove especially-key. In Appalachian State's current four-game league run, no opponent has played the Mountaineers within 14 points.  

2. Appalachian State outrushed Georgia Southern 299 yards to 65, with running backs Jalin Moore and Marcus Cox rushing for 126 and 115 yards and a touchdown, respectively. Quarterback Taylor Lamb added 94 yards and two scores. Defensively, the Mountaineers limited the Eagles to 2.5 yards per rush and held Georgia Southern to less than half of its previous low as an FBS program running the football. Up front, Appalachian State won and controlled the contest.

3. What a second-half performance by the Mountaineers. After a sloppy first two periods, Appalachian State overwhelmed the Eagles in quarters three and four, outscoring Georgia Southern 24-0 following the break. In all, the Mountaineers 34 unanswered points starting midway through the second quarter. Taylor Lamb's 14-yard touchdown run seemed to spark Appalachian State's rally to the finish.

4. Receiver Shaedon Meaders finished the night with six receptions for 126 yards. Most specifically, he had a remarkable highlight-reel grab midway through the first quarter, catching a deep ball right over a defender and tiptoeing the sidelines before falling out of bounds. You will undoubtedly see that play again.

5. It was a tough night for Georgia Southern offensively. The Eagles finished with just nine first downs, 159 total yards, 65 yards rushing and three interceptions. Georgia Southern held the football for only about 22 minutes, well short of its usual mark. Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe scored the night's only touchdown for the Eagles on a 90-yard fumble return, meaning the offense did not reach the endzone.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports