Now…that’s what I call an ass-whoopin’.
It’s hard to believe that there were Toledo fans/media that thought this matchup was beneath them.
This is not an attempt to bash the App State program, nor is it an attempt to bash the Dollar General Bowl. However, Toledo is one of nine football programs with eleven wins this season, hence why expectations were a bit higher for a bowl game. Instead, Jason Candle and his team get a rematch with another mid-major program coming off of a subpar season compared to what they’re accustomed to. The goal for most mid-major programs coming off of one of the best seasons in program history would be to face a Top 25 team or at least a team with a large national following in which Toledo could perform in front of a bigger stage.
Just look at the box score:
App State – 23
Toledo – 8
App State – 327
Toledo – 22
App State – 458
Toledo – 146
Yards per play
App State – 6.5
Toledo – 2.7
Time of Possession
App State – 35:50
Toledo – 24:10
Whether they read that article or not, App State came out and played with the passion and fury of 1,000 suns against Toledo Saturday night in Taylor Lamb’s last game as Mountaineer QB. It was Lamb’s 49th start of his career and third straight bowl victory. App State loses a lot of seniors off a cohort that built up Appalachian State into the Sun Belt alpha dog they are today. But as long as Scott Satterfield is at the helm on the Rock, App State is going to be okay.
Jalin Moore led the way for App State on the night with 125 yards rushing and three touchdowns. App State’s stifling defense and methodical rushing attack just smothered the Toledo Rockets like sauteed onions on Waffle House hashbrowns. The rematch of the 2016 Camellia Bowl, which App State won 31-28, did not live up to the hype. The Sun Belt is now 29-27 all-time vs. the Mid-American Conference.
Toledo finished with just 124 total yards and was shut out despite averaging 40 ppg going into Saturday night. They will have to replace Senior QB Logan Woodside and four offensive linemen heading into 2018.
App State finished the year at 9-4, Toledo finishes at 11-3.