Appalachian State demolished a great Toledo team in one of the most surprising bowl games of the young season. Here are five things that matter.
2017 Dollar General Bowl: Appalachian State 34, Toledo 0
5. No, seriously, Toledo. What the hell was that?
Yeah, Appalachian State is good, and it was a well played game by the co-Sun Belt champion, but this was a total and complete embarrassment for a team that, inexplicably, just didn’t show up.
The MAC Champion had a veteran team with one of the nation’s most dangerous offenses, and it did more than just lay an egg. It cracked it, scrambled it, and served it do Appalachian State to do whatever it wanted with it.
Toledo came up with 146 yards of total offense with eight first downs and four turnovers. This wasn’t okay.
With this, the two teams in your 2017 MAC Championship – Akron and Toledo – lost their respective bowl games by a combined score of 84-3.
4. Okay, but nice job, Appalachian State
The Mountaineers are hardly newbies to this whole post-season thing. They might not have been razor sharp, but the defense was playing at a whole other level from the start, the offense was efficient, and the offensive line destroyed the Toledo defensive front.
ASU ran for 327 yards and had control of the game throughout. They came up with 23 first downs, owned the clock, didn’t turn the ball over, and did just about everything it wanted to.
It was yet another bowl win, and a second in a row over Toledo, for the program. It might not have been a dominant year, but going 9-4 with a piece of the Sun Belt title and a demolishing bowl win is hardly bad.
3. Logan Woodside’s finish
One of the MAC’s greatest passers should’ve gone out better than this.
The guy threw just five picks all year, cranked up well over 10,000 career yards, and he ended up throwing for a piddly 124 yards with no touchdowns and three picks.
Yeah, he and Toledo won the MAC title, but that all seems a bit soured now. This was supposed to be the icing on the cake with a 12-win season, but now, with this performance, a great career is ending with a thud. It wasn’t his fault, but this should’ve been his night. However …
2. Taylor Lamb closes out with a bang
The Appalachian State senior quarterback didn’t have to do too much, only throwing for 131 yards with 45 on the ground, but whatever. He now finishes with three straight bowl wins and a great run with 36 wins over the last three-and-a-half years. He might not have been sensational, and he might have been more of a game manager, but it all worked out.
For a program that had to make the transition into life in the FBS world, he turned out to be the right guy.
1. Jalin Moore
The junior had to start out his career sharing the work with Marcus Cox, but he got his share of the workload with a 1,402-yard sophomore season. He was banged up for a time this season – finishing with 912 yards and nine scores – but he closed out well.
In the last four games he was able to play in he easily hit the 100-yard mark, finishing with a nice 125-yard, three touchdown day against the Rockets.
His O line made it easy by manhandling the Rockets, but Moore carried the load. Assuming he’s back, he’ll be one of the top statistical stars of 2018.