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Hot Read: App State Does it Again

By BJ Bennett
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Appalachian State wins a close Camellia Bowl for the second consecutive season.

1. With a final box score very similar to last season, Appalachian State defeated Toledo in the Camellia Bowl 31-28, one year after edging Ohio 31-29 in the very same contest. This season's victory wasn't quite as dramatic, though a fourth quarter field goal, this time by Michael Rubino, proved to be the difference once again. The Mountaineers are now 21-5 over the past two years, with a pair of bowl wins in Montgomery. Head coach Scott Satterfield has clearly established Appalachian State as a player among the group of five powers. This bowl win was an impressive one. 

2. It was a fitting finish for record-setting running back Marcus Cox, who ran 22 times for 143 yards and a touchdown in the triumph. His finale, even in a season disrupted by injury, got Cox over the 1,000-yard mark for 2016. In four years, Cox compiled 5,103 rushing yards and 61 total touchdowns and reached 1,000 yards on the ground in every single season, just the ninth player ever in the FBS to do so. Cox will go down as one of the most productive running backs in college football history.

3. Quarterback Taylor Lamb earned Game MVP honors with a productive performance as he threw for 119 yards and a score and ran for 126 yards and another touchdown. Lamb came up clutch a number of different times for Appalachian State. A late ten-yard run on 3rd-and-long helped set up Michael Rubino's 39-yard field goal, which proved to be the difference in the game.

4. The Mountaineers did a nice job against high-flying Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside. He entered Saturday ranked fifth in the country with 323.5 yards passing per game. Appalachian State limited Woodside to just 247. Senior linebacker John Law played well in his final college game, leading the Mountaineers with eleven total tackles and a tackle for loss.

5. Looking ahead, Appalachian State will open the 2017 season at Georgia in Athens.

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