BOONE, N.C. — Homecoming meets Halloween weekend with a last nonconference recreation for App State.
The scary sight of the Mountaineers (4-3) showing in all black will give technique to a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in opposition to Robert Morris, an FCS-level member of the Massive South. The sold-out recreation will probably be obtainable on ESPN+.
How did this one come collectively?
One date on App State’s unique, in-progress 2022 schedule known as for a nonconference go to to Marshall, however the Thundering Herd’s fast transfer to the Solar Belt Convention led to the 2 rivals having a league matchup on their schedules. Needing to fill a late opening as a result of the Mountaineers and Marshall weren’t going to additionally play a second recreation as a nonconference showdown, App State finalized an settlement with Robert Morris in March to spherical out a nonleague schedule that developed into two video games in opposition to Energy 5 groups and two video games in opposition to FCS groups.
The change additionally meant that App State has seven house video games within the common season, with three of the 4 nonleague video games being in Boone, which beat some long-shot options just like the Mountaineers leaving the southeast to presumably play a street recreation — earlier than a brief week commences with a convention street recreation this coming Thursday.
Situated in Pittsburgh, Robert Morris (0-7) is coached by Bernard Clark Jr., who gained two nationwide titles as a Miami linebacker within the late Eighties and was MVP of an Orange Bowl win to cap the Hurricanes’ 1987 title season. He grew to become a third-round draft decide of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Colonials are taking part in their fourth straight recreation in opposition to a North Carolina workforce, as they misplaced 48-0 to Gardner-Webb, 41-10 to Campbell and 38-14 to North Carolina A&T earlier this month. Maybe their greatest displaying of the season was a 31-14 loss to FBS-level Miami of Ohio.
App State’s offense skilled very completely different video games in its earlier two appearances, beginning with a visit to Texas State through which Chase Brice tried to rally the Mountaineers by throwing for a career-high 395 yards whereas tying the varsity file of 40 completions. Final week, the Mountaineers rushed for 404 yards and 6 touchdowns on 64 makes an attempt in opposition to Georgia State and totaled solely three passes on 41 second-half performs in a 42-17 win.
A type of throws was a 31-yard completion to senior tight finish Henry Pearson, who already has a single-season-best 191 receiving yards via seven video games and has matched his single-season excessive of 4 landing catches. That complete is tied for first place amongst Solar Belt tight ends, and he is No. 2 amongst Solar Belt tight ends in receiving yards and catches.
A New Jersey native, Pearson performed at Paramus Catholic with Robert Morris’ high rusher, Alijah Jackson. The Mountaineers’ protection ranks twenty fifth nationally by permitting simply 331.4 yards per recreation, together with a mean of solely 195.0 via the air. That ranks twenty seventh nationally and first within the Solar Belt, as App State held Texas A&M, The Citadel and Georgia State to lower than 100 yards passing.
The Mountaineers’ particular groups additionally got here up huge final week, highlighted by Milan Tucker’s 63-yard kickoff return instantly after Georgia State had made a discipline purpose to chop its deficit to 28-17.