Written by Garin Turner
The Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-4) dominated the Toledo Rockets (11-3) 34-0 in the Dollar General Bowl. For the Mountaineers, this is their third straight bowl game victory since they joined the FBS in 2015. The first year they were ineligible due to switching from the FCS. "Our seniors have been through a lot. We transitioned into the FBS back in 2013," Appalachian State Head Coach Scott Satterfield said.
The Mountaineers ran all over Toledo's defense including four touchdowns on 53 carries for 327 yards. Jalin Moore led the way for the Mountaineers with 22 carries for 125 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Moore scored on a pair of 7-yard runs and also a 31-yard run. Moore was named the Player of the Game. "I just tried to play a perfect game for myself and for my boys," Moore said.
Toledo only had 22 yards rushing and at the half just nine yards. Turnovers and penalties did Toledo in. Quarterback Logan Woodside threw three interceptions. Two of them were thrown into double coverage. Toledo also fumbled. The Rockets had five penalties for 35 yards, but every time they were moving the ball they committed a false start or holding call.
Appalachian State outgained Toledo 458 yards to 146 yards. Woodside finished the game 16 of 29 for 124 yards. He was also sacked four times. "To be able to get to a bowl game like this, the caliber of this bowl game to come out here and to play as well as we did tonight was unbelievable," Satterfield said.
Mountaineer QB Taylor Lamb was eight of 16 for 131 yards. He also ran eight times for 45 yards.
Defensive Lineman Caleb Fuller had four tackles (three for a loss) and 1.5 sacks. Linebacker Anthony Flory had eight tackles for the Mountaineers. "Our coaches get us real comfortable. It's really second nature," Flory said.
For the Rockets, defensive end Zach Quinn, defensive back Kahlil Robinson, and linebacker Jack Linch all had eight tackles.
This is the first time since 2009 (against Ohio State) that Toledo has been shut out in a game.
OFFSEASON: Both teams will need to find a new starter at quarterback. For the Rockets, they'll need to rebuild their offensive line as they're losing four starters. The Mountaineers return three of their main running backs next year.
Appalachian State Head Coach and players address the media after dominating 34-0 win over Toledo in 2017 Dollar General Bowl.
Writer - Garin Turner
On December 23, another bowl game will be underway as the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-4) out of the Sun Belt Conference take on the Toledo Rockets (11-2) of the MAC in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on ESPN 6 PM CST.
This year is the second year of the Dollar General Bowl as Troy defeated Ohio last year 28-23. The bowl has gone through a few different names over the years. Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999), GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl (2000), GMAC Bowl (2001-2010), GoDaddy.com Bowl (2011-2013), and finally GoDaddy Bowl (2014-2015).
The game is a rematch from last year's Camellia Bowl which saw the Mountaineers victorious over the Rockets 31-28.
Both teams won their conferences this year. Despite losing four games this year, Appalachian State only lost once in in the Sun Belt, 52-45 on the road against Louisiana Monroe. Besides their opening week loss to Georgia, who is part of the College Football Playoffs, 31-10, the other three loses were winnable games only losing by a total of 15 points.
The Mountaineers have a balanced rushing attack having ran the ball 477 times for 2,580 yards and 23 touchdowns. Junior running back Jalin Moore has 161 carries for 912 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Appalachian State, like so many other teams in college football, features a dual threat quarterback with senior Taylor Lamb. Lamb has 27 touchdown passes and just 6 interceptions on the year. He's thrown for 2,606 yards. On the ground, he has 70 carries for 539 yards with 5 touchdowns.
This game could create a lot of big time plays. The Mountaineers average 33.4 points per game while the Rockets average 39.2. Both teams are allowing 20 plus points a game. This could very well come down to who has the ball last.
Toledo's two losses came at the hands of Ohio 38-10 and the University of Miami 52-30. The Rockets have a stellar running game as well. They feature three backs who have over 600 yards rushing on the year. Senior Terry Swanson leads the team with 231 carries for 1,319 yards and 14 touchdowns. Freshman Shakif Seymour has 113 carries for 704 yards and 12 scores. Adding to the rushing game is sophomore Art Thompkins who has 102 carries for 618 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Toledo also has a senior at the QB position with Logan Woodside. Woodside has 28 touchdowns against 5 interceptions for 3,758 yards. Both teams can get it done via the ground game or the passing attack.
This is Toledo's fourth bowl appearance in a row. Their overall bowl record is 10-6.This is Appalachian State's third straight bowl appearance. They had a winning record in 2014 but were ineligiable as it was their first year in the FBS. They are 5-6 overall in bowl games and 2-0 in the FBS era.
PREDICTION: Toledo 42 - Appalachian State 41.