|Time of Possession||25:10||34:50|
RUSHING—Coastal Carolina, Height 13-40, Taliaferro 8-38, Hillary 5-33, B.Kennedy 1-3, Ross 4-0. Appalachian St., Miller 17-202, Frazier 7-63, Jackson 10-54, Chisholm 7-41, Bryant 5-24, Washington 2-12, Fergerson 1-3.
PASSING—Coastal Carolina, Hillary 15-30-0-145, Ross 1-5-0-45. Appalachian St., Jackson 19-27-1-285, Bryant 1-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Coastal Carolina, Height 4-45, Hazel 4-31, Bennett 3-19, Blanks 2-36, Israel 1-45, Taliaferro 1-12, Duran 1-2. Appalachian St., Price 8-128, Peacock 3-39, M.Jones 2-36, Washington 2-9, Frazier 1-27, Bailey 1-23, Miller 1-16, Sumler 1-7, Fergerson 1-0.
Key moment | After quickly falling behind, it looked like Coastal Carolina was going to steal back some momentum as junior Johnnie Houston nabbed an interception at the Appalachian State 41. But instead, the Chanticleers punted after three unsuccessful plays and the Mountaineers scored two plays later on a 69-yard touchdown pass down the middle from Jamal Jackson to a wide-open Sean Price. That was the hosts’ second of three touchdowns in the opening quarter as they built a 21-0 lead.
The man | Appalachian State running back Steven Miller. The senior got the Mountaineers’ offense moving in the early going with 78 rushing yards in eight first-quarter carries.
Key moment | After falling behind 28-0, the Chants trimmed their deficit with two touchdowns of their own over the rest of the quarter. The second one came with 1:14 left on a 2-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Aramis Hillary to senior tight end David Duran to make it a 31-14 game at that point. On the previous play, Appalachian State had been flagged for pass interference on Hillary’s incomplete third-down pass from the 16.
The man | Appalachian State kicker Drew Stewart. The junior made field goals of 25 and 30 yards in the second quarter with the latter coming in the final seconds of the half to push the Mountaineers’ lead to 34-14.
Key moment | After stopping Coastal for a quick three-and-out to start the second half, the Mountaineers scored on their first play as Miller burst through a hole and never looked back on the way to a 75-yard touchdown run. That tied for the fourth-longest run ever against the Chants and gave the hosts a 41-14 lead.
The man | Miller again. He finished the third quarter with 199 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 16 carries and ended up with 202 yards after one more carry in the fourth.
Key moment | Well, it didn’t have a great impact -- or any impact -- on the game, but senior Tre Henderson’s 87-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter marked the longest non-scoring play in Coastal’s program history and the longest kickoff return as well. It was one of the rare highlights Saturday for the Chants, even if they ended up fumbling soon thereafter and getting no points from their great field position. Yeah, it was that kind of day for Coastal.
The man | Appalachian State running back Michael Frazier. The junior Conway High School product rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown in the final quarter after taking over for Miller.
By Ryan Young, firstname.lastname@example.org