Press Release from Appalachian State Athletics
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Appalachian State found out moments before kickoff a Sun Belt title was on the line and wasted little time seizing their first FBS conference championship. The Mountaineers raced to a 17-0 lead in the opening quarter and were never threatened in a 37-7 win at New Mexico State on Saturday afternoon.
The win, coupled with a loss by Arkansas State earlier in the afternoon, guarantees the Apps a share of the Sun Belt title. Ark. State and Troy are both 6-1 in conference play and play next weekend, while App State (9-3, 7-1) has completed their regular season.
App will wait until Dec. 4 to find out their bowl destination and matchup.
App rolled up 604 yards of total offense and led 17-0 less than 10 minutes into the game to quickly gain control. Running back Marcus Cox had his 28th career 100-yard rushing game, notching 140 yards on 16 carries and Jalin Moore added 111 yards on 17 attempts.
The defense held New Mexico State without a first down until the middle of the second quarter and held the Aggies to 240 yards of total offense. Interceptions by Josh Thomas and Mondo Williams pushed App’s season total to 20, which enters the evening as the most in the country.