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App State State rolls over Charlotte, 45-9

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Zac Thomas threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score and Appalachian State dominated Charlotte 45-9 on Saturday night in the first gridiron meeting of the in-state rivals.

The victory came a week after the Mountaineers lost to No. 10-ranked Penn State 45-38 in overtime.

Thomas’ 5-yard TD run put the Mountaineers up 10-0 on Charlotte and his TD passes to Corey Sutton and Dominique Heath made it 24-9 at halftime after the Mountaineers outgained the 49ers 250-104.

Thomas completed all 14 of his pass attempts and hit Sutton on a 90-yard TD pass in the final quarter.

Thomas Hennigan returned a punt 59 yards for a third-quarter score and Austin Exford recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score.

Charlotte’s Jonathan Cruz kicked second-quarter field goals of 46, 54 and 48 yards — the most field goals in a game for the 49ers — with the 54-yarder the longest by a freshman in school history.

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