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Werts leads Georgia Southern past No. 25 App State 34-14

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Appalachian State's time as college football's feel-good story ended after only a few days.

''It was cool while it lasted,'' Mountaineers center Noah Hannon said.

Shai Werts rushed for 129 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown run, and Georgia Southern forced five turnovers to upset No. 25 Appalachian State 34-14 on Thursday night to spoil the Mountaineers' first week in the Top 25.

Werts threw a 57-yard scoring pass to Darion Anderson early in the second quarter. It was Werts' only completion in three attempts for Georgia Southern (7-1, 4-0 Sun Belt). Wesley Fields had scoring runs of 10 and 18 yards in the Eagles' fifth straight win.

Georgia Southern fans stormed the field following the school's first win over a Top 25 team. It was the first time a ranked FBS team played at Georgia Southern.

The Eagles continued their season-long trend of dominating the turnover battle. They didn't commit a turnover against App State, leaving them with a plus-19 ratio for the season.

''This says a lot about this team,'' Georgia Southern coach Chad Lunsford said. ''I can't give enough praise to this football team. ... There is no doubt in my mind that this is such a tight-knit team. They are so tight, it's not offense, it's not defense, it's not special teams, they are just a great group of guys and a brotherhood and they won this for the brotherhood tonight.''

The teams' longtime rivalry goes back to their years as FCS Southern Conference powers, making the loss especially painful for App State (5-2, 3-1).

''Obviously, we can't focus on the ranking,'' Hannon said. ''It comes and it's gone now. ... I'm sure it looked good on TV to see No. 25 by your name.''

App State quarterback Zac Thomas was knocked out of the game on the opening series for the Mountaineers. The back of Thomas' helmet hit the ground as he was tackled following a 5-yard run. He was taken to the medical tent on the sideline and then escorted to the locker room. He didn't return.

Backup quarterbacks Peyton Derrick and Jacob Huesman combined to throw four interceptions, and the Mountaineers also lost a fumble on a punt return.

''You've got to be able to handle adversity,'' App State coach Scott Satterfield said. ''We've had a lot of good things happen to us this year, but tonight definitely wasn't one of them. Way too many mistakes.''

Derrick completed only 3 of 12 passes for 73 yards with two interceptions. Huesman took over in the fourth quarter and was intercepted twice by Kindle Vindor before throwing a 4-yard scoring pass to Malik Williams with only 10 seconds remaining.

Derrick completed a 50-yard pass to Corey Sutton to the Georgia Southern 3 early in the second quarter. Marc Williams' 1 -yard run tied the game at 7-all.

The Eagles quickly scored following two first-half turnovers by the Mountaineers. Darrell Baker Jr.'s interception set up Werts' long scoring pass to Anderson.

Dexter Carter Jr. recovered Clifton Duck's fumbled punt return. On the next play, Fields' 10-yard scoring run gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers couldn't overcome the loss of their quarterback and the four turnovers. Also costly were 11 penalties for 91 yards. App State never gained consistent offensive momentum without Thomas. The Mountaineers were held to 288 yards.

Georgia Southern: The Eagles were poised on their home field as Werts avoided turnovers in the triple-option offense despite playing in the rain. The Eagles kept pace with Troy in the Sun Belt's East Division.

EJECTION

App State linebacker Jordan Fehr was ejected late in the first quarter after he was called for targeting on a late hit on Werts.

LONGTIME FRIENDS

The game matched longtime friends as opposing coaches. Lunsford was App State's tight ends coach from 2001-02 and lived in Satterfield's basement apartment for a year when Satterfield also was a Mountaineers assistant.

UP NEXT

Appalachian State: Visits Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Georgia Southern: Visits Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:10
91-C.Staton extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
34
Touchdown 0:15
7-J.Huesman complete to 14-M.Williiams. 14-M.Williiams runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
65
yds
03:13
pos
13
34
Point After TD 3:28
16-T.Bass extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
34
Touchdown 3:36
21-W.Fields runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
33
yds
02:54
pos
7
33
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:40
16-T.Bass 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
7
27
Point After TD 10:05
16-T.Bass extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 10:15
4-S.Werts runs 47 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
85
yds
02:45
pos
7
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:38
16-T.Bass 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
31
yds
02:49
pos
7
17
Point After TD 9:53
16-T.Bass extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 9:59
21-W.Fields runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
9
yds
02:12
pos
7
13
Point After TD 12:11
91-C.Staton extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 12:23
26-M.Williams runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
65
yds
02:14
pos
6
7
Point After TD 14:37
16-T.Bass extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 14:46
4-S.Werts complete to 81-D.Anderson. 81-D.Anderson runs 57 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
57
yds
00:14
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 14
Rushing 8 11
Passing 6 1
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 5-15 4-11
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 277 334
Total Plays 64 53
Avg Gain 4.3 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 149 277
Rush Attempts 37 50
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 5.5
Net Yards Passing 128 57
Comp. - Att. 12-27 1-3
Yards Per Pass 4.7 19.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-11 0-0
Penalties - Yards 11-91 2-11
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 5 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 3-0
Int. Thrown 4 0
Punts - Avg 6-43.5 5-37.2
Return Yards 88 79
Punts - Returns 1--6 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-94 1-17
Int. - Returns 0-0 4-62
Kicking 2/2 6/6
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
25 App. St. 5-2 070714
Ga. Southern 7-1 01710734
128 PASS YDS 57
149 RUSH YDS 277
277 TOTAL YDS 334
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Derrick 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
25% 73 0 2 42.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 186 2 2 141.9
P. Derrick 3/12 73 0 2
J. Huesman 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 67 1 2 92.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.8% 65 1 2 86.8
J. Huesman 8/14 67 1 2
Z. Thomas 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% -1 0 0 91.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.9% 1145 11 4 154.5
Z. Thomas 1/1 -1 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Evans 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 63 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 488 3
D. Evans 17 63 0 17
M. Williams Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 59 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 245 2
M. Williams Jr. 11 59 1 23
P. Derrick 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 41 1
P. Derrick 5 21 0 12
Z. Thomas 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 281 6
Z. Thomas 1 5 0 5
J. Huesman 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 1 0
J. Huesman 3 1 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Sutton 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 430 4
C. Sutton 4 64 0 50
T. Hennigan 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 193 0
T. Hennigan 3 28 0 18
C. Reed 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 46 2
C. Reed 1 17 0 17
J. Virgil 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 97 0
J. Virgil 1 13 0 13
Ma. Williams 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 190 3
Ma. Williams 2 10 1 6
B. Absher 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 20 0
B. Absher 1 7 0 7
M. Adams 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Adams 0 0 0 0
D. Evans 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 34 1
D. Evans 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
O. Godwin 47 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
O. Godwin 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Staton 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/8 35/35
C. Staton 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Howell 30 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 42.8 1
C. Howell 6 43.5 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Evans 3 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 31.3 36 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 33.8 36 1
D. Evans 3 31.3 36 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Duck 4 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -6.0 -6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 13.3 0 1
C. Duck 1 -6.0 -6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Werts 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 57 1 0 302.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.4% 548 5 0 173.2
S. Werts 1/3 57 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Werts 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 129 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
118 671 10
S. Werts 14 129 1 47
W. Fields 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 98 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
114 570 6
W. Fields 18 98 2 32
L. Wright 39 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 199 2
L. Wright 6 23 0 13
W. Kennedy III 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 281 3
W. Kennedy III 3 17 0 15
M. Garrett 15 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 357 4
M. Garrett 6 13 0 6
D. Bargnare 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
D. Bargnare 2 -2 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Anderson 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 57 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 122 2
D. Anderson 1 57 1 57
M. Murray 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 40 0
M. Murray 0 0 0 0
D. Bargnare 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
D. Bargnare 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Phillips 96 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Phillips 1-0 1.0 0
J. Bowdry 5 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Bowdry 1-0 1.0 0
K. Duncan Jr. 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
K. Duncan Jr. 1-0 0.0 1
D. Baker Jr. 31 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Baker Jr. 0-0 0.0 1
K. Vildor 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
K. Vildor 0-0 0.0 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Bass 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
11/11 30/30
T. Bass 2/2 43 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bauerle 84 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 37.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 39.8 2
M. Bauerle 5 37.2 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Carter Jr. 28 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
D. Carter Jr. 1 17.0 17 0
W. Kennedy III 12 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 22.8 17 0
W. Kennedy III 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
W. Kennedy III 12 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 10.6 0 0
W. Kennedy III 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 APLST 47 1:22 4 0 Punt
6:13 APLST 28 1:07 4 0 Punt
1:20 GAS 31 1:20 6 1 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:37 GAS 35 2:14 6 65 TD
9:53 GAS 35 1:20 4 -10 Punt
4:50 GAS 35 0:49 4 -8 Punt
2:15 APLST 22 1:09 5 -4 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:30 GAS 35 0:00 4 -1 Punt
10:05 GAS 35 3:08 9 -10 INT
1:40 GAS 35 1:23 9 24 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:06 APLST 3 2:44 8 64 INT
3:28 GAS 35 3:13 14 65 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 APLST 35 1:23 4 -2 Punt
11:05 GAS 20 4:05 8 18 Punt
5:02 GAS 32 3:02 6 23 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GAS 43 0:14 1 57 TD
12:11 APLST 35 2:12 5 75 TD
8:27 GAS 44 2:49 5 31 FG
3:46 GAS 34 1:16 6 5 Punt
1:00 GAS 34 0:07 2 7 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 GAS 15 2:45 5 85 TD
6:26 GAS 25 4:06 7 49 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:04 GAS 35 2:12 4 19 Punt
6:30 APLST 33 2:54 5 33 TD
0:10 APLST 35 0:00 2 15