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App State, Charlotte win

From staff reports

JONESBORO, Ark. — Appalachian State won 37-32 at Arkansas State on Saturday, a  significant road victory against a program that won the last three Sun Belt Conference championships.

Marcus Cox ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns, and Appalachian State scored 31 unanswered points and held on for a  37-32 victory.

Appalachian State (5-5, 4-2 Sun Belt) trailed 20-6 deficit but scored the next 31 points. The Mountaineers scored on five straight possessions in one stretch and tied Arkansas State (6-4, 4-2 Sun Belt) for third place in the Sun Belt standings.

Appalachian State took a 37-20 lead on Bentlee Critcher’s 24-yard field goal with 4:10 left in the game. The Red Wolves scored two late TDs with the help of an Appalachian State fumble and an onside kick recovery.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers have their first four-game winning streak since 2012. Appalachian State plays at Louisiana-Lafayette next Saturday.

Charlotte 38, Wesley 33

CHARLOTTE — Former A.L. Brown standout Kalif Phillips rushed for 173 yards and scored three touchdowns on Saturday to lead Charlotte to a 38-33 win against Wesley.

Charlotte avenged last season’s loss to the Wolverines, a Division III power located in Delaware. The 49ers (4-6) broke a six-game losing skid and handed Wesley (9-1) its first loss.

Lee McNeill threw two touchdown passes for the 49ers.

The 49ers scored two minutes into the game when Phillips found the end zone from the 4-yard line.

Wesley QB Joe Callahan capped an 83-yard drive with a 66-yard bomb to Jamar Baynard, then hit Bryce Shade for a 9-yard TD after McNeill was sacked and fumbled for a 14-7 Wesley lead.

Phillips scored his second touchdown to tie the game at 14-all. His third score gave Charlotte a 21-14 lead.

After Phillips fumbled at the Wesley 3, the Wolverines drove 97 yards late in the game to get within 38-33, but Charlotte recovered  an onside kick with 1:11 left to seal victory.

Charlotte hosts Morehead State next Saturday.





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