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Mistakes doom Appalachian State in loss on road

Editor’s note:
This is a report from Thursday’s Appalachian State at Georgia Southern game. It was not available in time for Friday’s edition.

From Staff Reports
sports@salisburypost.com
STATESBORO, Ga. — It was another week of missed chances for the Mountaineers.
In five trips to the red zone Thursday, Appalachian State only put points on the board twice. Georgia Southern was able to capitalize on those chances to hand App State a 34-14 loss in its first Sun Belt Conference game.
Matt Breida’s 56-yard scoring run and L.A. Ramsby’s 1-yard scoring run helped carry Georgia Southern to a 17-0 by the middle of the second quarter.
Ramsby, Breida and Kevin Ellison combined for 353 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Appalachian State (1-3, 0-1) was able to string together an 12-play, 75-yard drive in the second quarter. That was capped by Taylor Lamb’s 19-yard run to the end zone to cut the Eagles’ lead to 17-7 with 7 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first half.
Down 24-7 later in the second quarter, the Mountaineers were able to respond again. Big passes from Lamb to Malachi Jones and Simms McElfresh were part of an eight-play scoring drive. Marcus Cox plunged into the end zone from the Georgia Southern 1 in the final minute of the half made it a 10-point game.
The Mountaineers had a chance to keep the momentum in their favor on the opening possession of the second half. On fourth-and-4 from the Eagles’ 9, Lamb was tackled short of the first-down marker by defensive end Quain Daniels.
Following a blocked punt by Tucker Bell, App State had the ball at the Georgia Southern 30. The Mountaineers, however, came away with nothing when Nick Wright picked off Lamb’s pass at the 1-yard line.
Lamb went 23 of 42 for 256 yards with two picks.

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