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Appalachian St. jumps to early lead, beats Gardner-Webb 72-7

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Jalin Moore ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and Appalachian State scored 28 points in the first quarter on its way to beating Gardner-Webb 72-7 on Saturday.

On the third play of the game, Zac Thomas threw a 64-yard floater over the middle to Dominique Heath who took it for a score. Defensive back Steven Jones blocked Gardner-Webb's first punt and recovered it in the endzone to give the Mountaineers (2-1) a 14-0 lead. Moore capped a 72-yard drive with a short touchdown run, then ran 81 yards for another to stretch it to 28-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Clifton Duck returned a Gardner-Webb punt 62 yards for a touchdown and a 42-7 Mountaineers lead. They were up 52-7 at halftime, outgaining Gardner-Webb 401-89 in the first half alone.

Thomas threw for 185 yards and a score for the Mountaineers, all in the first half.

Jordan Smith had 117 yards and a touchdown passing for the Runnin' Bulldogs (1-3).

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Scoring Summary
No Scoring Plays
Team Stats
1st Downs 0 0
Rushing 0 0
Passing 0 0
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 0-0 0-0
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 0 0
Total Plays 0 0
Avg Gain 0 0
Net Yards Rushing 0 0
Rush Attempts 0 0
Avg Rush Yards 0 0
Net Yards Passing 0 0
Comp. - Att. 0-0 0-0
Yards Per Pass 0 0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 0-0 0-0
Touchdowns
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 0-0 0-0
Return Yards
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking / /
Extra Points 0/0 0/0
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
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Gardner-Webb 1-3 70007
App. St. 2-1 282414672
0 PASS YDS 0
0 RUSH YDS 0
0 TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD