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Appalachian State 52, Louisiana-Monroe 7

BOONE, N.C. - Zac Thomas threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score and No. 24 Appalachian State beat Louisiana-Monroe 52-7 for the Mountaineers' first victory as a Top 25 team.

Darrynton Evans added 177 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to help Appalachian State extend the nation's third-longest winning streak to 12 games. Only Clemson (22) and Ohio State (13) have longer active streaks.

The defense limited Louisiana-Monroe's Caleb Evans to 75 yards passing and had two interceptions.

Appalachian State (6-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) entered the game as one of 12 unbeaten FBS teams in the country, and rattled off 31 straight points in the first half after spotting the Warhawks a 7-0 lead. The win helped avenge a 52-45 loss to Louisiana-Monroe in 2017.

This is Appalachian State's second stint in the Top 25 in two years. A year ago, they broke into the Top 25, but it only lasted five days before a 34-14 loss at Georgia Southern.

But the Mountaineers left no doubt about this one.

Evans got the Mountaineers going on a rain-soaked afternoon by breaking through big hole at the line of scrimmage and racing 59 yards for a touchdown to tie it at 7. Thomas connected on a 6-yard TD pass to Thomas Hennigan in the back of the end zone and scored on a sneak following a Josh Thomas' fumble recovery to make it 21-7 late in the first quarter.

Thomas did it all for the Mountaineers.

On one late first half possession he eluded two defenders and zig-zagged his way up the field for a 32-yard gain, juking defenders along the way. Then he found Collin Reed in the back of the end zone for a touchdown on a perfectly executed play-action fake.

Josh Johnson ran for 77 yards for Louisiana-Monroe (3-4, 2-1).

Associated Press

October 19, 2019

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