Appalachian State beat Middle Tennessee 45-13 to win the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
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5. It was ugly, but …
19 penalties, five turnovers, and a blowout with the game all but over at halftime. This might have been a dud of a bowl, but it wasn’t dull.
At least, it wasn’t boring early on.
Appalachian State didn’t even play it straight in the second quarter, with WR Malik Williams throwing two touchdown passes on trick plays, including one to QB Zac Thomas. Throw in the 63-yard touchdown dash from Camerun Peoples for a 38-6 lead in the third, and there were plenty of fun moments.
They just all happened to be on the Appalachian State side.
Outside of two picks from Thomas, the Mountaineer offense put on a clinic with 233 rushing yards, 215 yards through the air, and with a fourth bowl win in four tries in the last four years.
The last two bowls were won by ASU by a combined score of 99-13. It hasn’t been fun, but Mountaineer fans will certainly take it.